63 Facts About Rahm Emanuel

1. Rahm Emanuel is not as much of a flaming liberal as the Hannity crowds makes him out to be.

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2. Rahm Emanuel is as rabidly pro-Israel as you can get.

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3. Rahm Emanuel was chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2006 mid-term elections and remained a top strategist for House Democrats during the 2008 cycle.

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4. Rahm Emanuel was born on November 29, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois to a Jewish family.

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5. Rahm Emanuel is married to Amy Rule, whom he met on a blind date.

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6. On September 4, 2018, Rahm Emanuel announced that he will not run for re-election next year.

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7. On February 22, 2011, Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago.

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8. On September 30, 2010, Rahm Emanuel left his post as chief of staff to run for the Chicago mayorship.

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9. On November 6, 2008, Rahm Emanuel accepted the position of White House chief of staff for newly elected President Barack Obama.

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10. Rahm Emanuel resigned from the board in 2001, during his successful run for a seat in the US House of Representatives.

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11. Rahm Emanuel left the White House in 1998 to become the managing director of an investment banking firm, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, in Chicago.

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12. Rahm Emanuel reportedly served briefly as a civilian volunteer in the Israel Defense Forces in 1991, during the first Gulf War.

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13. Rahm Emanuel turned down the opportunity to instead attend Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, a school with a solid dance program.

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14. Rahm Emanuel was born on November 29, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois.

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15. In 2011, Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago, succeeding Richard Daley.

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16. Rahm Emanuel quickly reestablished himself as a major player in Democratic Party politics.

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17. Rahm Emanuel played a key role in advancing items on the Clinton agenda, most notably the North American Free Trade Agreement and the 1994 ban on assault weapons.

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18. Rahm Emanuel was elected as Chicago\'s 55th mayor in 2011, succeeding Richard M Daley.

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19. Rahm Emanuel made $16 million during a three-year period as an investment banker before winning his North Side congressional seat in 2002.

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20. Rahm Emanuel has a lengthy record in politics, working as an adviser for former President Bill Clinton, a US representative for Illinois' 5th District and chief of staff for Obama.

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21. Rahm Emanuel was elected as Chicago's 55th mayor in 2011, succeeding Richard M Daley.

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22. On Friday, Rahm Emanuel announced the city was in talks with a joint venture led by multinational engineering and design firm AECOM to design and build the $95 million building.

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23. Rahm Emanuel says Pelosi should be Speaker: 'Rookies need not apply'.

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24. Rahm Emanuel has said of his Judaism: "I am proud of my heritage and treasure the values it has taught me.

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25. In 2011 Rahm Emanuel asked the City Council to appoint an independent third party negotiator, to avoid having the negotiation seen as biased.

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26. Rahm Emanuel rejected requests under Illinois' Freedom of Information Act from The Chicago Tribune for various communication and information logs for himself and his staff, labelling it "unduly burdensome".

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27. On October 30, 2012, Rahm Emanuel voiced his support for the demolition of the abandoned Prentice Women's Hospital Building, in order for Northwestern University, which owns the property, to build a new facility.

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28. Rahm Emanuel initiated the consolidation of City Council committees from 19 to 16 in a cost control effort.

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29. On September 17, 2013, Rahm Emanuel's appointed Chicago Board of Education announced the closing of 50 Chicago public schools, 49 elementary schools and a high school—the largest school closure in Chicago history.

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30. Rahm Emanuel responded to criticism of the shooting and how it was handled by firing police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

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31. Rahm Emanuel faced a great deal of criticism for his handling of the October 20, 2014, police shooting of Laquan McDonald.

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32. In April 2018, Rahm Emanuel received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from NUI Galway, a university in Chicago's sister city of Galway, Ireland, with the conferrers citing achievements in education reform while Mayor.

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33. At a news conference in November 2012, Rahm Emanuel listed his top three priorities for the state legislature as security and pension reform, adding a casino to Chicago, and equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.

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34. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Rahm Emanuel stated that he had been conferring with his wife and children for months before announcing the decision and that he felt it was time to " write the next chapter.

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35. Rahm Emanuel had been leading in the polls prior to his decision to withdraw.

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36. Rahm Emanuel announced in October 2017 that he was running for reelection in 2019, despite low approval ratings and some potentially serious challengers.

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37. In 2015, Rahm Emanuel won 56 percent of the vote in the run-off election against Jesus "Chuy" Garcia held on April 7, 2015.

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38. In 2010, Rahm Emanuel was reported to have conflicts with other senior members of the president's team and ideological clashes over policy.

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39. Rahm Emanuel has since apologized for his role, saying, "Thank God for the country, he didn't listen to me", after the Supreme Court upheld "ObamaCare" in 2012.

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40. Rahm Emanuel wanted to expand coverage for children, and increase the number of single mothers eligible for Medicaid.

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41. Rahm Emanuel advocated a smaller plan because it could get bi-partisan support.

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42. In a 2009 article in The New York Times, Rahm Emanuel was characterized as being "perhaps the most influential chief of staff of a generation".

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43. Rahm Emanuel declared in April 2006 that he would support Hillary Clinton should she pursue the presidency in 2008.

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44. At a 2003 pro-Israel rally in Chicago, Rahm Emanuel told the marchers that Israel was "ready for peace" but would not get there until Palestinians "turn away from the path of terror".

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45. In June 2007, Rahm Emanuel condemned an outbreak of Palestinian violence in the Gaza Strip and criticized Arab countries for not applying the same kind of pressure on the Palestinians as they have on Israel.

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46. Rahm Emanuel had "aggressively recruited right-leaning candidates, frequently military veterans, including former Republicans".

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47. Rahm Emanuel led the Democratic Party's effort to capture the majority in the House of Representatives in the 2006 elections.

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48. Rahm Emanuel assumed the position of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman after the death of the previous chair, Bob Matsui.

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49. In January 2003, Rahm Emanuel was named to the House Financial Services Committee and sat on the subcommittee that oversaw Freddie Mac.

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50. Rahm Emanuel has been the focus of anti-war protests for his support of funding bills for the war in Iraq, and his support, during Democratic party primaries, of Democratic candidates that were more hawkish.

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51. Rahm Emanuel was elected after the October 2002 joint Congressional resolution authorizing the Iraq War, and so did not vote on it.

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52. In 2002, Rahm Emanuel pursued the US House seat in the 5th district of Illinois, previously held by Rod Blagojevich, who successfully ran for governor of Illinois.

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53. Rahm Emanuel resigned from the board in 2001 before his first bid for Congress.

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54. Rahm Emanuel was named to the Board of Directors of Freddie Mac by President Clinton in 2000.

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55. Rahm Emanuel is known for his "take-no-prisoners style" that has earned him the nickname "Rahmbo".

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56. In the White House, Rahm Emanuel was initially Assistant to the President for Political Affairs and then Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy.

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57. While working on the Clinton campaign Rahm Emanuel was a paid retainer of the investment bank Goldman Sachs.

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58. Rahm Emanuel insisted that Clinton schedule time for fund-raising and delay campaigning in New Hampshire.

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59. Rahm Emanuel began his political career with the public interest and consumer rights organization Illinois Public Action.

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60. Rahm Emanuel took part in a two-week civilian volunteer holiday, known as the Sar-El, where, as a civilian volunteer, he assisted the Israel Defense Forces during the 1991 Gulf War, helping to repair truck brakes in one of Israel's northern bases.

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61. Rahm Emanuel was born on November 29, 1959, in Chicago, Illinois.

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62. In October 2010, Rahm Emanuel resigned as chief of staff to run as a candidate in Chicago's 2011 mayoral election.

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63. Rahm Emanuel won the first of three terms representing Illinois's 5th congressional district, a seat he held from 2003 to 2009.

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