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During a March 2013 panel hearing for the [[United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions]], entitled "Keeping up with a Changing Economy: Indexing the Minimum Wage," Warren spoke in favor of raising the minimum wage.<ref name=mwage>[http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/18/sen-elizabeth-warren-raise-minimum-wage-22-hour/ ''Washigntontimes.com'' "Take it to the bank: Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to raise minimum wage to $22 per hour" March 19, 2013]</ref> Speaking to Arindrajit Dube, an assistant professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, about the correlation between worker productivity and minimum wage, she asked, "If we started in 1960, and we said [that] as productivity goes up … then the minimum wage was going to go up the same … if that were the case, the minimum wage today would be about $22 an hour. So my question is, Mr. Dube, with a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, what happened to the other $14.75?"<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/elizabeth-warren-minimum-wage_n_2900984.html#slide=2125673 ''Huffingtonpost.com'' "Elizabeth Warren: Minimum Wage Would Be $22 An Hour If It Had Kept Up With Productivity" March 19, 2013]</ref> She later proceeded to make an argument for the figure of $10 an hour, saying, "During my Senate campaign, I [frequently] ate a Number 11 at McDonald’s. It cost $7.19. If we raised the minimum wage to $10.10 over three years, the price increase on that item would be to about $7.23. Are you telling me that's unsustainable?"<ref name=mwage/>
 
During a March 2013 panel hearing for the [[United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions]], entitled "Keeping up with a Changing Economy: Indexing the Minimum Wage," Warren spoke in favor of raising the minimum wage.<ref name=mwage>[http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/18/sen-elizabeth-warren-raise-minimum-wage-22-hour/ ''Washigntontimes.com'' "Take it to the bank: Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to raise minimum wage to $22 per hour" March 19, 2013]</ref> Speaking to Arindrajit Dube, an assistant professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, about the correlation between worker productivity and minimum wage, she asked, "If we started in 1960, and we said [that] as productivity goes up … then the minimum wage was going to go up the same … if that were the case, the minimum wage today would be about $22 an hour. So my question is, Mr. Dube, with a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, what happened to the other $14.75?"<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/elizabeth-warren-minimum-wage_n_2900984.html#slide=2125673 ''Huffingtonpost.com'' "Elizabeth Warren: Minimum Wage Would Be $22 An Hour If It Had Kept Up With Productivity" March 19, 2013]</ref> She later proceeded to make an argument for the figure of $10 an hour, saying, "During my Senate campaign, I [frequently] ate a Number 11 at McDonald’s. It cost $7.19. If we raised the minimum wage to $10.10 over three years, the price increase on that item would be to about $7.23. Are you telling me that's unsustainable?"<ref name=mwage/>
 
===Marijuana===
 
===Marijuana===
During the 2013 annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, Warren took a jab at one of the Republican contenders for the [[United States Senate special election in Massachusetts, 2013|2013 special election to the U.S. Senate]], [[Daniel Winslow]], for his positions on guns and the legalization of marijuana, saying, "I advise everyone to pay very close attention to Dan Winslow’s platform...He has a 100 percent ranking from the gun lobby and he’s for the legalization of marijuana. He wants us armed and stoned."<ref>[http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/03/17/the-zingers-flew-and-clunkers-clunked-annual-patrick-day-breakfast/9knuWlmzJK0kyImb3x0FQO/story.html ''Bostonglobe.com "Democrats celebrate St. Patrick as they ever have" March 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.wbur.org/2013/03/17/mass-senate-st-patricks-breakfast ''Wbur.org'' "Senate Candidates Show Sense Of Humor At St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast" March 2013]</ref> While Warren previously expressed firm disapproval for efforts to legalize marijuana, most notably during a debate in October 2011, <ref>[http://boston.com/community/blogs/less_is_more/2011/10/weak_showing_on_drug_war_from.html ''Boston.com blogs'' "Weak showing on drug war from Dems" March 2013]</ref>she has more recently expressed qualified support for legalizing certain medical applications of the drug, provided that there is regulation and careful control exercised.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/elizabeth-warren-medical-marijuana_n_1911015.html ''Huffingtonpost.com'' "Elizabeth Warren Offers Support For Medical Marijuana, Citing Father's Battle With Cancer" March 2013]</ref>
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During the 2013 annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, Warren took a jab at one of the Republican contenders for the [[United States Senate special election in Massachusetts, 2013|2013 special election to the U.S. Senate]], [[Daniel Winslow]], for his positions on guns and the legalization of marijuana, saying, "I advise everyone to pay very close attention to Dan Winslow’s platform...He has a 100 percent ranking from the gun lobby and he’s for the legalization of marijuana. He wants us armed and stoned."<ref>[http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/03/17/the-zingers-flew-and-clunkers-clunked-annual-patrick-day-breakfast/9knuWlmzJK0kyImb3x0FQO/story.html ''Bostonglobe.com "Democrats celebrate St. Patrick as they ever have" March 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.wbur.org/2013/03/17/mass-senate-st-patricks-breakfast ''Wbur.org'' "Senate Candidates Show Sense Of Humor At St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast" March 2013]</ref> While Warren previously expressed firm disapproval for efforts to legalize marijuana, most notably during a debate in October 2011, <ref>[http://boston.com/community/blogs/less_is_more/2011/10/weak_showing_on_drug_war_from.html ''Boston.com blogs'' "Weak showing on drug war from Dems" March 2013]</ref>she has more recently expressed qualified support for legalizing certain medical applications of the drug, provided that there is regulation and careful control exercised.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/elizabeth-warren-medical-marijuana_n_1911015.html ''Huffingtonpost.com'' "Elizabeth Warren Offers Support For Medical Marijuana, Citing Father's Battle With Cancer" March 2013]</ref>  Medical marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts by a voter approved ballot question in 2012.<ref>[http://www.wcvb.com/health/Medical-marijuana-Massachusetts-law-what-you-need-to-know/-/9848730/18590854/-/13wende/-/index.html ''wcvb.com,'' "Medical marijuana: Massachusetts law, what you need to know," February 19, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren.jpg
U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorScott Brown (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 2018
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Houston
J.D.Rutgers University
Personal
BirthdayJune 22, 1949
Place of birthOklahoma City, Oklahoma
Net worth$9,652,512
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Elizabeth Warren campaign logo
Elizabeth Warren is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Massachusetts. Warren defeated Republican incumbent Scott Brown on November 6th, 2012.[1] [2]

Biography

Warren was born on June 22, 1949 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She graduated from high schoool at age 16 and earned a BS in speech pathology in 1970 from the University of Houston. She earned her JD from Rutgers School of Law in 1976. She has taught at the University of Texas, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.[3]

In January 2012, Warren was named a "Top-20 US Progressive" according to The New Statesman, a magazine based in the United Kingdom. Other members of the list include Paul Krugman, Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky and Rachel Maddow.[4]

Committee Assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2015

Warren serves on the following Senate committees[5]:

Issues

Minimum Wage


Warren discusses the minimum wage during a March 2013 committee hearing.

During a March 2013 panel hearing for the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, entitled "Keeping up with a Changing Economy: Indexing the Minimum Wage," Warren spoke in favor of raising the minimum wage.[6] Speaking to Arindrajit Dube, an assistant professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, about the correlation between worker productivity and minimum wage, she asked, "If we started in 1960, and we said [that] as productivity goes up … then the minimum wage was going to go up the same … if that were the case, the minimum wage today would be about $22 an hour. So my question is, Mr. Dube, with a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, what happened to the other $14.75?"[7] She later proceeded to make an argument for the figure of $10 an hour, saying, "During my Senate campaign, I [frequently] ate a Number 11 at McDonald’s. It cost $7.19. If we raised the minimum wage to $10.10 over three years, the price increase on that item would be to about $7.23. Are you telling me that's unsustainable?"[6]

Marijuana

During the 2013 annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, Warren took a jab at one of the Republican contenders for the 2013 special election to the U.S. Senate, Daniel Winslow, for his positions on guns and the legalization of marijuana, saying, "I advise everyone to pay very close attention to Dan Winslow’s platform...He has a 100 percent ranking from the gun lobby and he’s for the legalization of marijuana. He wants us armed and stoned."[8][9] While Warren previously expressed firm disapproval for efforts to legalize marijuana, most notably during a debate in October 2011, [10]she has more recently expressed qualified support for legalizing certain medical applications of the drug, provided that there is regulation and careful control exercised.[11] Medical marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts by a voter approved ballot question in 2012.[12]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012

Warren ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Massachusetts. She ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket.[13] The signature filing deadline for candidates was June 5, 2012. She defeated incumbent Scott Brown, who was seeking re-election on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[14] The seat rated as a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believes was second most likely to end up Republican, second only to Montana, was the Senate seat in Massachusetts.[14] The article notes that Scott Brown has had recent campaigning success in Massachusetts, and despite mixed polls, Brown’s "blue-collar appeal"[14] might have been enough against his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren.[14]

U.S. Senate, Massachusetts General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Warren 53.3% 1,696,346
     Republican Scott Brown Incumbent 45.8% 1,458,048
     N/A All Others 0.1% 2,159
     N/A Blank Votes 0.9% 27,643
Total Votes 3,184,196
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

Campaign donors

2012

Warren won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Warren's campaign committee raised a total of $42,506,349 and spent $42,211,677.[15]

Breakdown of funds according to source.

Analysis

Net Worth

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Warren's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $4,609,025 and $14,696,000. This averages to $9,652,512, which is lower than the $20,795,450 average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011.

Personal

Warren was married to Jim Warren from 1968-1978. They had two children together. Warren married Bruce Mann in 1980.[3]

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Scott Brown (R)
U.S. Senate - Massachusetts
2013-Present
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