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|Position = U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
 
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{{tnr}}'''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.<ref>[http://news.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/20111212tom_conroy_to_withdraw_from_senate_race/srvc=home&position=4 ''Boston Herald'' "Tom Conroy withdraws bid for Scott Brown’s seat, endorses Warren," December 12, 2011]</ref> <ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/Senate/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"]</ref><ref name="nj">[http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress-legacy/massachusetts-senate-20121101 ''The National Journal,'' "Massachusetts Senate," Accessed August 13, 2012]</ref>.
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::''See also: [[Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016]]''
Warren is scheduled to run for re-election in January, 2019.
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{{tnr}}'''Elizabeth Warren''' (b. June 22, 1949, in Oklahoma City, [[Oklahoma|OK]]) 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.<ref>[http://news.bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view/20111212tom_conroy_to_withdraw_from_senate_race/srvc=home&position=4 ''Boston Herald'', "Tom Conroy withdraws bid for Scott Brown’s seat, endorses Warren," accessed December 12, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/Senate/2012/ ''Politico'', "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts" accessed 2012]</ref><ref name="nj">[http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress-legacy/massachusetts-senate-20121101 ''The National Journal'', "Massachusetts Senate," accessed August 13, 2012]</ref>
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Warren is scheduled to run for re-election in 2018.
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On December 4, 2013, Warren announced she would serve out her term as a [[Massachusetts]] [[United States Senate|Senator]] and would not run for president in 2016.<ref name="presnorun">[http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2013/12/04/elizabeth-warren-says-presidential-run-pledge-serve-out-term/I61F7TQ8vBf8qEzhBHrlRL/story.html#sthash.rSVAfhrw.dpuf ''Boston.com'', "Elizabeth Warren says no presidential run: 'I pledge to serve out my term.'," December 4, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ian-reifowitz/elizabeth-warren-2016-obama-dnc_b_4408569.html ''Huffington Post'', "'Will You Serve Your Full 6-Year Term as U.S. Senator?' Absolutely, Said Sens. Warren and Obama," accessed March 27, 2014]</ref>
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Prior to her election in the Senate, Warren served as a professor at Harvard Law School.<ref name="nj" />
 
Prior to her election in the Senate, Warren served as a professor at Harvard Law School.<ref name="nj" />
  
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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.<ref name="10thing"/>  
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Warren was born on June 22, 1949, in Oklahoma City, [[Oklahoma|OK]]. 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.<ref name="10thing"/>  
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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.<ref>[http://www.newstatesman.com/north-america/2012/01/barack-obama-socialist ''New Statesman'', "Who's left? The top 20 US progressives," accessed January 11, 2012]</ref>
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==Career==
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Warren's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=W000817 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "Elizabeth Warren," accessed February 5, 2015]</ref>
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*2012-Present: U.S. Senator from [[Massachusetts]]
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*2010-2011: Special assistant to President Barack Obama for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
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*2008-2010: Chair, Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program
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*1976: Graduated from Rutgers University with a Juris Doctor
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*1970: Graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S.
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*1966-1968: Attended George Washington University
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Prior to entering politics, Warren was an elementary school teacher, lawyer, law professor and bankruptcy analyst.
  
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.<ref>[http://www.newstatesman.com/north-america/2012/01/barack-obama-socialist ''New Statesman'' "Who's left? The top 20 US progressives," January 11, 2012]</ref>
 
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
===U.S. Senate===
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====2015-2016====
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Warren serves on the following Senate committees:<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/general/committee_assignments/assignments.htm ''United States Senate'', "Committee Assignments," accessed February 4, 2015]</ref>
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*[[United States Senate Special Committee on Aging| Special Committee on Aging]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs| Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee]]
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**Subcommittee on Economic Policy ''Ranking Member''
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**Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection
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**Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources| Energy and Natural Resources Committee]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions| Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee]]
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**Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
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====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Warren serves on the following Senate committees<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'' "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>:
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Warren served on the following Senate committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'', "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013]</ref><ref>[https://www.senate.gov/general/committee_assignments/assignments.htm ''United States Senate'', "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014]</ref>
*[[United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs|Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs]]
 
**Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
 
**Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
 
**Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
 
**Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
 
**Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
 
**Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
*[[United States Senate Committee on Aging (Special)]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Aging (Special)|Special Committee on Aging]]
*[[United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions]]
 
**Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
 
**Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
 
**Subcommittee on Children and Families
 
**Subcommittee on Children and Families
==Issues==
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===Legislative actions===
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==Key votes==
====113th Congress====
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===113th Congress===
 
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====National security====
 
=====John Brennan CIA nomination=====
 
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/141272/elizabeth-warren?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.UmFgjBCBxVI ''Project Votesmart,'' "Warren Key Votes," accessed October 18, 2013]</ref>
 
  
====Economy====
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===National security===
=====Minimum wage=====
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====John Brennan CIA nomination====
{{youtube|title=kGGSwozSci8|size=250|caption=Warren discusses the minimum wage during a March 2013 committee hearing.}}
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/141272/elizabeth-warren?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.UmFgjBCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart'', "Warren Key Votes," accessed October 18, 2013]</ref>
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/>
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=====Federal Reserve chair endorsement=====
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===Economy===
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."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/elizabeth-warren-janet-yellen-would-be-terrific-96848.html ''Politico'', "Elizabeth Warren: Janet Yellen would be ‘terrific’", accessed September 16, 2013]</ref><br>
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Despite many believing Larry Summers would be President [[Barack Obama|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.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/16/elizabeth-warren-larry-summers_n_3934001.html ''The Huffington Post'', "Elizabeth Warren: No Secret That Larry Summers Wasn't My First Choice," accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
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====Farm bill====
=====Government shutdown=====
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{{Senate Farm Bill Dem No|Name=Warren}}
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====2014 Budget====
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{{Senate Budget 2014 Dem Yes|Name=Warren}}
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====Government shutdown====
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
  
{{support vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. Warren voted with the [[Democratic Party]] for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov,'' "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. Warren voted with the [[Democratic Party]] for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov'', "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
====Immigration====
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===Immigration===
=====Completion of fence along Mexico border=====
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====Mexico-U.S. border====
{{oppose vote}} Warren voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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{{Nay vote}} Warren voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
  
====Social issues====
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==Issues==
=====Marijuana=====
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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 [[Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative, Question 3 (2012)|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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[[File:s060_010.gif|right|290px|thumb|Elizabeth Warren's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
====Controversy====
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
=====Comments on the U.S. Supreme Court=====
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Warren is a '''http://Senate.OnTheIssues.org/Senate/Elizabeth_Warren.htm.''' Warren received a score of 63 percent on social issues and 9 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
During a September 2013 [[AFL-CIO]] conference in Los Angeles, CA, Warren referred to the current [[Judgepedia:Supreme Court of the United States|Supreme Court of the United States]] as one of the "top 10 most pro-corporate justices in half a century." Warren continued:
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|Hiring= Strongly Favors
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|Marriage= Strongly Favors
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|God= Opposes
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Favors
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|Social Security= Strongly Opposes
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|School Choice= Opposes
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|Animals=Strongly Opposes
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|Crime= Unknown
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|Guns= Strongly Opposes
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===Economy===
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====Minimum wage====
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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," accessed 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'', "Elizabeth Warren: Minimum Wage Would Be $22 An Hour If It Had Kept Up With Productivity,"  accessed 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/>
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====Federal Reserve chair====
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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."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/elizabeth-warren-janet-yellen-would-be-terrific-96848.html ''Politico'', "Elizabeth Warren: Janet Yellen would be ‘terrific’," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref><br>
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Despite many believing Larry Summers would be President [[Barack Obama|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.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/16/elizabeth-warren-larry-summers_n_3934001.html ''The Huffington Post'', "Elizabeth Warren: No Secret That Larry Summers Wasn't My First Choice," accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
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===Social issues===
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====Marijuana====
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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'', "Democrats celebrate St. Patrick as they ever have," accessed March 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.wbur.org/2013/03/17/mass-senate-st-patricks-breakfast ''WBUR'', "Senate Candidates Show Sense Of Humor At St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast," accessed March 2013]</ref> While Warren previously expressed firm disapproval for efforts to legalize marijuana, most notably during a debate in October 2011, 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://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," accessed March 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/elizabeth-warren-medical-marijuana_n_1911015.html ''Huffingtonpost'', "Elizabeth Warren Offers Support For Medical Marijuana, Citing Father's Battle With Cancer," accessed March 2013]</ref>  Medical marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts by a voter approved [[Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative, Question 3 (2012)|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,'', "Medical marijuana: Massachusetts law, what you need to know," accessed February 19, 2013]</ref>
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===Controversy===
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====Comments on the SCOTUS====
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During a September 2013 [[AFL-CIO]] conference in Los Angeles, CA, Warren referred to the members of the [[Supreme Court of the United States|Supreme Court of the United States]] as some 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."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/elizabeth-warren-supreme-court-far-right-96449.html ''Politico'', "Elizabeth Warren assails Supreme Court as too far right," accessed September 9, 2013]</ref>
 
::"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."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/elizabeth-warren-supreme-court-far-right-96449.html ''Politico'', "Elizabeth Warren assails Supreme Court as too far right," accessed September 9, 2013]</ref>
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
===2016===
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===2016 Presidency===
::''See also: [[Possible 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates]]''
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::''See also: [[Presidential election, 2016]]''
 
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012]]''
  
Warren ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2012|U.S. Senate]], representing [[Massachusetts]]. She ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/elizabeth-warren-senate-race ''Huffington Post'' "Elizabeth Warren Senate Race," January 20, 2012]</ref> The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections|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.
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Warren ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. Senate elections, 2012|U.S. Senate]], representing [[Massachusetts]]. She ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/elizabeth-warren-senate-race ''Huffington Post'', "Elizabeth Warren Senate Race," accessed January 20, 2012]</ref> The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections|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.
 
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The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called [http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/tilting-the-toss-ups-the-eight-races-that-will-decide-the-senate/ Sabato's Crystal Ball] on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.<ref name="sabato">[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/tilting-the-toss-ups-the-eight-races-that-will-decide-the-senate/ ''Center for Politics'' "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012]</ref> 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 [[United States Senate elections in Montana, 2012|Montana]], was the Senate seat in Massachusetts.<ref name="sabato"/> The article noted that [[Scott Brown]] had had recent campaigning success in [[Massachusetts]], and suggested that despite mixed polls, [[Scott Brown|Brown]]’s "blue-collar appeal"<ref name="sabato"/> might have been enough against his opponent, [[Democrat]] Elizabeth Warren.<ref name="sabato"/>
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
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===2012===
 
===2012===
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00033492&cycle=2012&newMem=Y ''Open Secrets'' "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00033492&cycle=2012&newMem=Y ''Open Secrets'', "2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 16, 2013]</ref>
  
 
According to an August 2013 ''Politico'' report, the race between [[Scott Brown|Brown]] and Warren was the most expensive Senate race on record. Over $82 million total was spent during the cycle.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/12/the-most-expensive-senate-races-ever-and-where-kentucky-might-fit-in/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd ''The Washington Post'', "The most expensive Senate races ever — and where Kentucky might fit in," August 12, 2013]</ref>
 
According to an August 2013 ''Politico'' report, the race between [[Scott Brown|Brown]] and Warren was the most expensive Senate race on record. Over $82 million total was spent during the cycle.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/12/the-most-expensive-senate-races-ever-and-where-kentucky-might-fit-in/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd ''The Washington Post'', "The most expensive Senate races ever — and where Kentucky might fit in," August 12, 2013]</ref>
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Warren spent $24.89 per vote received in 2012.
 
Warren spent $24.89 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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==Analysis==
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
  
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Warren's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $3,820,028 and $10,161,000. That averages to '''$6,990,514''', which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333. Warren ranked as the 23rd most wealthy senator in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004981&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets'', "Warren, (D-MA), 2010," accessed 2012]</ref> Between 2011 and 2012, Warren's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.</ref> decreased by an average of 29 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Warren received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Retired'' industry.
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From 2011-2014, '''22.15 percent of Warren's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00033492&newMem=N ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Sen. Elizabeth Warren," accessed September 18, 2014]</ref>
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==Analysis==
 
===Ideology and leadership===
 
===Ideology and leadership===
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Warren is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]" as of August 13, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/elizabeth_warren/412542 ''GovTrack,'' "Elizabeth Warren," accessed August 13, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Warren was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]" as of July 22, 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/elizabeth_warren/412542 ''GovTrack'', "Elizabeth Warren," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref> This was the same rating Warren received in June 2013.  
 
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===Lifetime voting record===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/elizabeth_warren/412542 ''GovTrack,'' "Elizabeth Warren" Accessed April 2013]</ref>
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===Like-minded colleagues===
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412542_Elizabeth_Warren ''OpenCongress'', "Elizabeth Warren," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
''OpenCongress,'' "Elizabeth Warren," Accessed August 8, 2013]</ref>
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===Net Worth===
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====2011====
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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.
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Warren missed 12 of 524 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.3 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0 percent among senators currently serving as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/elizabeth_warren/412542 ''GovTrack'', "Elizabeth Warren" accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
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Warren ranked 31st in the liberal rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," July 22, 2014]</ref>
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
Warren was married to Jim Warren from 1968-1978. They had two children together. Warren married Bruce Mann in 1980.<ref name="10thing">[http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2010/10/04/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-elizabeth-warren ''US News & World Report'' "10 things you didn't know about Elizabeth Warren," October 4, 2010]</ref>
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Warren was married to Jim Warren from 1968-1978. They had two children together. Warren married Bruce Mann in 1980.<ref name="10thing">[http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2010/10/04/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-elizabeth-warren ''US News & World Report'', "10 things you didn't know about Elizabeth Warren," accessed October 4, 2010]</ref>
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===2013 best year===
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Warren was named by ''The Hill'' as a member of [[Congress]] who had one of the best years in 2013.<ref>[http://thehill.com/homenews/house/193786-which-lawmakers-had-best-worst-years ''The Hill'', "Best, worst years in Washington," accessed January 13, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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*[http://www.salon.com/topic/elizabeth_warren/ Collected news and commentary] at ''Salon''
 
*[http://www.salon.com/topic/elizabeth_warren/ Collected news and commentary] at ''Salon''
 
*[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-warren/ Blog entries] at ''The Huffington Post''
 
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Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren--Official 113th Congressional Portrait--.jpg
U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorScott Brown (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$24.89 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$42,506,349
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Houston
J.D.Rutgers University
Personal
Date of birthJune 22, 1949
Place of birthOklahoma City, Oklahoma
Net worth(2012) $6,990,514
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Elizabeth Warren campaign logo
See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016

Contents

Elizabeth Warren (b. June 22, 1949, in Oklahoma City, OK) 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 2018.

On December 4, 2013, Warren announced she would serve out her term as a Massachusetts Senator and would not run for president in 2016.[4][5]

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.

Biography

Warren was born on June 22, 1949, in Oklahoma City, OK. 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.[6]

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.[7]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Warren's academic, professional and political career:[8]

  • 2012-Present: U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
  • 2010-2011: Special assistant to President Barack Obama for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • 2008-2010: Chair, Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program
  • 1976: Graduated from Rutgers University with a Juris Doctor
  • 1970: Graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S.
  • 1966-1968: Attended George Washington University

Prior to entering politics, Warren was an elementary school teacher, lawyer, law professor and bankruptcy analyst.

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2015-2016

Warren serves on the following Senate committees:[9]

2013-2014

Warren served on the following Senate committees:[10][11]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[12] 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.[13]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png 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.[14]

Economy


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Farm bill

Nay3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[15] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[16] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[16] Warren was one of nine Democratic senators who voted against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[17][18] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[18] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[19] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Warren voted with the Democratic Party in favor of the bill.[17][18]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Warren voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[21]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png Warren voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[14]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Elizabeth Warren's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Warren is a http://Senate.OnTheIssues.org/Senate/Elizabeth_Warren.htm. Warren received a score of 63 percent on social issues and 9 percent on economic issues.[22]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[23]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[22] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Economy

Minimum wage

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.[24] 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?"[25] 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?"[24]

Federal Reserve chair

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."[26]
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.[27]

Social issues

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."[28][29] While Warren previously expressed firm disapproval for efforts to legalize marijuana, most notably during a debate in October 2011, she has more recently expressed qualified support for legalizing certain medical applications of the drug, provided that there is regulation and careful control exercised.[30][31] Medical marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts by a voter approved ballot question in 2012.[32]

Controversy

Comments on the SCOTUS

During a September 2013 AFL-CIO conference in Los Angeles, CA, Warren referred to the members of the Supreme Court of the United States as some 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."[33]

Elections

2016 Presidency

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Elizabeth Warren

Political offices:
Current U.S. Senator
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Elizabeth Warren is a potential candidate for the office of President of the United States in 2016.

Warren 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.[34][35][3] After a lengthy November 2013 profile of Warren in The New Republic, rumors of a possible 2016 run began heating up. Despite Warren having been among a group of female Senate Democrats who wrote a letter to Hillary Clinton urging her to run, a former Warren aide said, "If Hillary or the man on the moon is not representing her stuff, and her people don’t have a seat at table, she’ll do what she can to make sure it’s represented. ...Yeah, Hillary is running. And she’ll probably win. But Elizabeth doesn’t care about winning. She doesn’t care whose turn it is."[36][37]

Sixteen senators have been elected to the presidency, including President Barack Obama (D).[38]

On the trail

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Campaign preparation

Preparations

  • On August 13, 2014, Elizabeth Warren announced that she would visit Israel with a congressional delegation following the 2014 midterm elections, which caused some to believe that the trip was an attempt to strengthen her foreign affairs credibility.[39]
  • Despite Warren having stated that she was not running for president, a group of supporters started the Ready for Warren Super PAC to raise funds for a 2016 presidential run. When asked about the PAC Warren said, "I do not support this."[40]

Comments on a possible Warren campaign

  • On December 4, 2013, Elizabeth Warren announced she would serve out her term in the Senate. She said, "I am not running for president. I am working as hard as I can to be the best possible senator that I can be and to fight for the things that I promised during my campaign to fight for."[4]
  • When former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was asked if Warren would run, he said, "Oh, I think yes. In the first place, why would you want to get into a profession and have no interest in rising to the top of it? I don't know anybody who has that."[41]
  • After a woman attending Warren's book tour shouted, "Run, Liz, run!," Warren replied, "I’m not running for president."[41]

Advisors and staff

  • According to The Washington Examiner, "Some members of Warren's Senate campaign team are still in her inner political circle, and would likely be intimately involved in her decision to run for president and in planning her campaign."[41]
  • According to the May 2014 article, Warren's staff includes:
  • Doug Rubin: "who former Obama adviser David Axelrod recommended to run Warren’s Senate campaign."[41]
  • Mandy Grunwald: "a longtime ally of Clinton, who counseled Warren early on whether to run and later advised her campaign."[41]
  • Mindy Myers, "a key figure in Warren’s fold and her chief of staff, who ran Obama’s New Hampshire campaign in 2008 before leading Warren to victory in 2012."[41]
  • In June 2014, Dan Geldon, who advised Warren during her Senate campaign, left her office to become an independent consultant. "Geldon said he will continue to advise Warren’s political operation," according to The Boston Globe.[42]

On the issues

Economic and fiscal

Taxes

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Taxes
  • In 2014, Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.2569 - the Bring Jobs Home Act, which proposed granting "business taxpayers a tax credit for up to 20% of insourcing expenses incurred for eliminating a business located outside the United States and relocating it within the United States, and (2) deny a tax deduction for outsourcing expenses incurred in relocating a U.S. business outside the United States."[43]
  • Warren co-sponsored S.321 - the Paying a Fair Share Act of 2013, which proposed requiring "an individual taxpayer whose adjusted gross income exceeds $1 million to pay a minimum tax rate of 30% of the excess of the taxpayer's adjusted gross income over the taxpayer's modified charitable contribution deduction for the taxable year (tentative fair share tax)."[44]
  • In 2013, Warren voted for S.Amdt.297 to S.Con.Res.8, which proposed repealing the medical device tax.[45][46]
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren supported ending the "Bush tax cuts for those earning more than $250,000" and returning "estate tax rates to 2009 levels," according to The Boston Globe.[47]

Government regulations

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Government regulations
  • In 2014, Warren opposed a spending bill that included reversing some of the regulations on banks implemented in "Dodd-Frank" financial regulation reform.[48]
  • Warren's website states: "We need to make it easier for workers who want to organize to have the chance to do so. If people want to work together for better wages, for better health care, and for better working conditions, they should have the right to do so. I support the Employee Free Choice Act and workers' right to organize. Unions have been critical to building a strong middle class in America. Unions have fought for higher wages, high quality health care, and improved safety conditions. Union labor are also some of the most highly skilled workers in the world - with advanced training that makes them competitive. I support a strong labor movement in the United States and around the world."[49]

International trade

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/International trade
  • Elizabeth Warren's website states: "To grow our economy, we need to sell our products to the rest of the world. But we have to have a level playing field - strong trade laws and strong enforcement. That means labor and environmental standards. It means protecting our intellectual property rights by getting tough on the knock offs that undercut our ability to compete and, in the long run, cost us money and jobs. And it means putting pressure on foreign currency manipulation that artificially makes our goods less competitive."[50]

Budgets

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Budgets
  • According to her website, Elizabeth Warren supports cutting "the tax breaks to the oil and gas industry and the loopholes for hedge fund managers," returning "to Clinton-era tax rates for the wealthiest Americans" and cutting the defense budget.[51]
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren supported cutting the defense budget and closing "loopholes for hedge fund managers," according to The Boston Globe.[47]

Agricultural subsidies

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Agricultural subsidies
  • In 2013, Elizabeth Warren voted for S.Amdt.953 to S.954, which proposed limiting "the amount of premium subsidy provided by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation on behalf of any person or legal entity with an average adjusted gross income in excess of $750,000."[52][53]
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren supported ending agricultural subsidies.[47]

Federal assistance programs

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Federal assistance programs
  • In 2014, Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.2491 - the Medicare Protection Act, which expressed "the sense of the Senate that: (1) the eligibility age under title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act should not be increased, and (2) the Medicare program should not be privatized or turned into a voucher system."[54]
  • During a November 2013 interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Warren advocated for expanding social security. She said, "I believe fundamentally, we are a people who believe that anyone should be able to retire with dignity. And that's what Social Security is about. People who work all their lives and pay into it should have a minimum level that they don't fall beneath. That's good economics."[55]

Foreign affairs

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Foreign affairs

Military preparedness and budget

  • Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.2295 - the National Commission on the Future of the Army Act of 2014, which proposed prohibiting "the use of funds made available for FY2015 for the Army to: (1) reduce Army personnel below the authorized fiscal year end strengths of 450,000 for active duty personnel of the Army, 345,000 for the Army National Guard, and 195,000 for the Army Reserve; or (2) divest, retire, or transfer any AH-64 Apache aircraft assigned to units of the Army National Guard as of January 15, 2014, or to reduce related personnel below the levels of such personnel as of September 30, 2014."[56]

National security

  • In September 2014, Elizabeth Warren said, "ISIS is growing in strength. It has money, it has organization, it has the capacity to inflict real damage. So when we think about a response we have to think about how to destroy that. ...We need to be working now, full-speed ahead, with other countries, to destroy ISIS. That should be our No. 1 priority."[57]
  • In September 2014, Warren voted against H.J.Res.124 - the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015, which among other things, provided "assistance to elements of the Syrian opposition and other Syrian groups for: (1) defending the Syrian people from attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL); (2) Protecting the United States, its friends and allies, and the Syrian people from the threats posed by terrorists in Syria; and (3) Promoting the conditions for a negotiated settlement to end the conflict in Syria." It became law on September 19, 2014.[58]
  • Warren co-sponsored S.2329 - the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014, which proposed declaring "that it shall be U.S. policy to: (1) prevent Hezbollah's global logistics and financial network from operating in order to curtail funding of its domestic and international activities; and (2) utilize diplomatic, legislative, and executive avenues to combat Hezbollah's criminal activities in order to block that organization's ability to fund its global terrorist activities."[59]

International relations

  • Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.2673 - the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014, which "Expresses the sense of Congress that Israel is a major U.S. strategic partner." It became law on December 19, 2014.[60]
  • Warren's website states: "Our economic power at home is linked to our strength around the world. A strong economy at home enables us to have the best-trained and most advanced military in the world - and the standing in the world such that we don't always need to use it."[61]

Domestic

Federalism

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Federalism
Judiciary
  • Warren told a group of attorneys that they need to press the president to make judicial appointments. She said that there is too much corporate influence in the judiciary today.[62]
First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • Warren was a cosponsor of a constitutional amendment that would ban corporations from making political contributions.[63]
Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • Warren voted for a bill that put a ban on magazines that have a capacity of more than 10 rounds.[64]
  • She also voted for a bill that would put a ban on assault weapons.[65]
Crime and justice
  • Warren cosponsored a bill that repeals mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders.[66]
  • Warren cosponsored a bill that would allow the Attorney General to deny a gun or explosives permit if the Attorney General suspects the weapon or explosive will be used in a terrorist act.[67]
  • Warren, along with the rest of the Massachusetts delegation, pledged her support for universal background checks.[68]

Energy policy

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Energy policy
  • Warren voted against a bill to approve the Keystone Pipeline.[69]
  • Warren cosponsored a bill to allow a 30 percent tax credit on offshore wind facility.[70]
  • Warren signed on to a letter to President Obama expressing concern about expanding liquid natural gas exports and the negative impact it would have on prices in the U.S..[71]
  • In the 2012 Senate campaign, Warren advocated for ending subsidies for oil and gas.[72]
  • She is opposed to fracking until the industry can meet clean water regulations and discloses the chemicals that are used.[73]
Climate change
  • In the 2012 Senate campaign, Warren stated that she didn't believe that cap and trade was the only solution to address global warming. She does support the EPA regulating greenhouse gases.[74]
  • Warren advocates for more investment in “clean energy technology.”[75]

Education

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Education
  • Warren cosponsored a bill that would forgive a percentage of student loans for every year of service of a public employee.[76]
  • Warren cosponsored a bill that would provide grants to states for 3 and 4-year old kindergarten.[77]
  • In her 2003 book, Two Income Trap, Warren spoke about the need to give parents the ability to send their child to a school outside of the district they live in as a solution to inflated home prices. She said that a well-designed voucher system (for public schools) would be fulfill that need.[78]

Healthcare

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Healthcare
  • Warren voted in opposition of the bill to defund Obamacare.[79]
  • She was a cosponsor of a bill that required the Department of Health and Human Services to review premium increases by insurance companies.[80]
  • When Warren was asked if she supported a single-payer health care system, she stated that she supported Obamacare and that needed to be the focus for the future.[81]

Immigration

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Immigration
  • Warren voted for the 2013 compromise immigration reform bill that allowed illegal immigrants to be granted the status of “registered provisional immigrant.” The status remained valid for six years.[82]
  • She voted against an amendment to the bill that would have required 700 miles of additional fencing be built on the U.S.-Mexico border.[83]

Abortion

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Abortion
  • Warren cosponsored a bill that would require employers to provide coverage of all health care items, including birth control.[84]
  • In the 2012 Senate campaign, Warren stated she supports abortion rights, but also supports Massachusetts law requiring parental consent for girls under the age of 18, but with an option for a judge to provide consent.[85]

Gay rights

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Gay rights
  • According to survey by the Christian Coalition Warren participated in, she does not support defining marriage as between one man and one woman. According to survey by the Christian Coalition Warren participated in, she does not support a balanced budget amendment.[86]
  • Warren has expressed strong support for legalizing same-sex marriage and her opposition to the federal Defense of Marriage Act.[87]

Political savvy

Character

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Character

Integrity

  • On her 2012 campaign website, Warren stated that actions needed to be taken to reverse the Citizen's United ruling by the Supreme Court.[88]
  • Warren cosponsored two bills that would limit corporate involvement in elections:
  • Warren was a cosponsor of a constitutional amendment that would ban corporations from making political contributions.[89]
  • Warren cosponsored a bill that would prohibit groups from making independent expenditures and would create disclosure requirements for corporations and labor organizations, including imposing contribution limits.[90]
  • Her main promise during the campaign was to “fight for the middle class.” Much of that was focus on the banking industry. In her role on the Senate Banking Committee, she has pushed for reinstating regulations on commercial and investment banks.[91]

Principles

  • Warren fought against Senator Obama's nomination of Antonio Weiss for a Treasury Department position. She was able to build enough opposition to the nomination that Mr. Weiss withdrew his name from consideration.[92]
  • She also led opposition to a bill that would have eased regulations on banks put in place through Dodd-Frank. Ultimately, she was not successful in her efforts, but three times as many Democrats voted against it as voted for it.[93]

Ethics

  • In 1989, Warren published a book based on research done by herself and two other researchers. The book was criticized by other scholars based on false claims and incorrect methodology. The three researchers asked for an investigation by the University of Texas at Austin into accusations scientific misconduct. That resulted in exoneration of any misconduct.[94]
  • Warren has stated that she is 1/32 Cherokee. While a professor at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, the senator was listed as a minority hire. Critics of the senator expressed concerns that she benefited from this designation throughout her academic career.[95]
  • Warren has based her heritage on information given to her by her grandmother and her mother. She stated that that information was not available to the universities until after she was hired.[96]

Communications

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Communications

Overall presence

  • Warren has been described as having a “fiery” persona.[97]

Past speeches and interviews

Past debates

  • Senator Scott Brown And Elizabeth Warren Debate

Political and leadership attributes

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Political and leadership attributes

Leadership positions

  • Senate Democrats created a new leadership position, strategic policy adviser, for Warren in November 2014.[98]

Accomplishments

  • Warren first proposed the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2007. In 2010, President Obama signed into law the creation of the Agency. He appointed Warren to be part of the team that established the Bureau.[99]

Elections and campaign finance

  • In September 2011, Warren announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.[100]
  • She won the nomination at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention with 95.77 percent.[101]
  • She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.[102]
  • Warren beat Scott Brown, the Republican incumbent who had been appointed to the seat after the death of Senator Ted Kennedy, 53 percent to 46 percent.[103]
  • In a 2015 interview with Fortune Magazine, Warren said she is not running for president in 2016.[104]

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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.[1] 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.

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

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Warren attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

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.[2]

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


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2012

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.[3]

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.[4]

Cost per vote

Warren spent $24.89 per vote received in 2012.


Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Warren's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $3,820,028 and $10,161,000. That averages to $6,990,514, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333. Warren ranked as the 23rd most wealthy senator in 2012.[5] Between 2011 and 2012, Warren's calculated net worth[6] decreased by an average of 29 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[7]

Elizabeth Warren Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$9,885,439
2012$6,990,514
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-29%
Average annual growth:-29%[8]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[9]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Warren received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.

From 2011-2014, 22.15 percent of Warren's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[10]

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Elizabeth Warren Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $44,762,213
Total Spent $43,694,524
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$3,498,366
Lawyers/Law Firms$2,212,572
Women's Issues$1,598,383
Education$1,352,958
Democratic/Liberal$1,253,375
% total in top industry7.82%
% total in top two industries12.76%
% total in top five industries22.15%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Warren was a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of July 22, 2014.[11] This was the same rating Warren received in June 2013.

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.[12]

Warren most often votes with:

Warren least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Warren missed 12 of 524 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.3 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0 percent among senators currently serving as of July 2014.[13]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Warren ranked 31st in the liberal rankings in 2013.[14]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Warren voted with the Democratic Party 98.1 percent of the time, which ranked 6th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2014.[15]

Personal

Warren was married to Jim Warren from 1968-1978. They had two children together. Warren married Bruce Mann in 1980.[16]

2013 best year

Warren was named by The Hill as a member of Congress who had one of the best years in 2013.[17]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

  1. Huffington Post, "Elizabeth Warren Senate Race," accessed January 20, 2012
  2. Open Secrets, "Donor history for Elizabeth Warren," accessed April 2013
  3. Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 16, 2013
  4. The Washington Post, "The most expensive Senate races ever — and where Kentucky might fit in," August 12, 2013
  5. OpenSecrets, "Warren, (D-MA), 2010," accessed 2012
  6. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  7. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  8. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  9. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  10. OpenSecrets.org, "Sen. Elizabeth Warren," accessed September 18, 2014
  11. GovTrack, "Elizabeth Warren," accessed July 22, 2014
  12. OpenCongress, "Elizabeth Warren," accessed July 22, 2014
  13. GovTrack, "Elizabeth Warren" accessed July 22, 2014
  14. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," July 22, 2014
  15. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  16. US News & World Report, "10 things you didn't know about Elizabeth Warren," accessed October 4, 2010
  17. The Hill, "Best, worst years in Washington," accessed January 13, 2014
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