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Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren.jpg
U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 2
PredecessorScott Brown (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$42,506,349
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Houston
J.D.Rutgers University
Date of birthJune 22, 1949
Place of birthOklahoma City, Oklahoma
Net worth$9,652,512
Office website
Campaign website
Elizabeth Warren campaign logo
Elizabeth Warren (b. June 22, 1949, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate representing Massachusetts. Warren defeated Republican incumbent Scott Brown on November 6th, 2012 and is currently serving her first term.[1] [2][3].

Warren is scheduled to run for re-election in January, 2019. Prior to her election in the Senate, Warren served as a professor at Harvard Law School.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Warren is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Warren was born on June 22, 1949 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She graduated from high schoool at age 16 and earned a B.S. in speech pathology in 1970 from the University of Houston. She earned her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law in 1976. She has taught at the University of Texas, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.[4]

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.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Warren serves on the following Senate committees[6]:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[7] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Warren's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Warren voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[9]


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.[10] 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?"[11] 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?"[10]

Federal Reserve chair endorsement

On September 16, 2013, Warren endorsed Janet Yellen for the Federal Reserve chair position saying, "I hope she’s nominated. She has great experience, she has great judgment. I think she would make a terrific Federal Reserve chair. The president will make his decision, but I hope that happens."[12]
Despite many believing Larry Summers would be President Obama's choice for the position, Warren was willing to publicly state her objection to the man who ran Harvard University while she was a professor at its law school. Warren told press that it was "no secret" Summers was not her first choice. On September 15, 2013, Summers withdrew himself from consideration.[13]



Social issues


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."[14][15] While Warren previously expressed firm disapproval for efforts to legalize marijuana, most notably during a debate in October 2011, [16]she has more recently expressed qualified support for legalizing certain medical applications of the drug, provided that there is regulation and careful control exercised.[17] Medical marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts by a voter approved ballot question in 2012.[18]


Comments on the U.S. Supreme Court

During a September 2013 AFL-CIO conference in Los Angeles, CA, Warren referred to the current Supreme Court of the United States as one of the "top 10 most pro-corporate justices in half a century." Warren continued:

"You follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later you’ll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly owned subsidiary of Big Business."[19]

Previous congressional sessions



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.[20] 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.[21] The seat rated as a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believed was second most likely to end up Republican, second only to Montana, was the Senate seat in Massachusetts.[21] The article noted that Scott Brown had had recent campaigning success in Massachusetts, and suggested that despite mixed polls, Brown’s "blue-collar appeal"[21] might have been enough against his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren.[21]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Warren is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Warren raised a total of $42,506,349 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2013.[22]

Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S.Senate (Massachusetts) Won $42,506,349
Grand Total Raised $42,506,349


Warren won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Warren's campaign committee raised a total of $42,506,349 and spent $42,211,677.[23]

According to an August 2013 Politico report, the race between Brown and Warren was the most expensive Senate race on record. Over $82 million total was spent during the cycle.[24]

Cost per vote

Warren spent $24.89 per vote received in 2012.

Breakdown of Warren's funds before the 2012 election according to source.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Warren is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of August 13, 2013.[25]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Warren missed 1 of 96 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 1.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[26]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[27]

Warren most often votes with:

Warren least often votes with:

Net Worth


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.


Warren was married to Jim Warren from 1968-1978. They had two children together. Warren married Bruce Mann in 1980.[4]

Recent news

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  1. Boston Herald "Tom Conroy withdraws bid for Scott Brown’s seat, endorses Warren," December 12, 2011
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The National Journal, "Massachusetts Senate," Accessed August 13, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 US News & World Report "10 things you didn't know about Elizabeth Warren," October 4, 2010
  5. New Statesman "Who's left? The top 20 US progressives," January 11, 2012
  6. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. Project Votesmart, "Warren Key Votes," accessed October 18, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Washigntontimes.com "Take it to the bank: Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to raise minimum wage to $22 per hour" March 19, 2013
  11. Huffingtonpost.com "Elizabeth Warren: Minimum Wage Would Be $22 An Hour If It Had Kept Up With Productivity" March 19, 2013
  12. Politico, "Elizabeth Warren: Janet Yellen would be ‘terrific’", accessed September 16, 2013
  13. The Huffington Post, "Elizabeth Warren: No Secret That Larry Summers Wasn't My First Choice," accessed September 17, 2013
  14. Bostonglobe.com "Democrats celebrate St. Patrick as they ever have" March 2013
  15. Wbur.org "Senate Candidates Show Sense Of Humor At St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast" March 2013
  16. Boston.com blogs "Weak showing on drug war from Dems" March 2013
  17. Huffingtonpost.com "Elizabeth Warren Offers Support For Medical Marijuana, Citing Father's Battle With Cancer" March 2013
  18. wcvb.com, "Medical marijuana: Massachusetts law, what you need to know," February 19, 2013
  19. Politico, "Elizabeth Warren assails Supreme Court as too far right," accessed September 9, 2013
  20. Huffington Post "Elizabeth Warren Senate Race," January 20, 2012
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
  22. Open Secrets "Donor history for Elizabeth Warren" April 2013
  23. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  24. The Washington Post, "The most expensive Senate races ever — and where Kentucky might fit in," August 12, 2013
  25. GovTrack, "Elizabeth Warren," accessed August 13, 2013
  26. GovTrack, "Elizabeth Warren" Accessed April 2013
  27. [http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412542_Elizabeth_Warren OpenCongress, "Elizabeth Warren," Accessed August 8, 2013]
Political offices
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Scott Brown (R)
U.S. Senate - Massachusetts
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