Elizabeth Warren

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Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
Bachelor'sUniversity of Houston
J.D.Rutgers University
Date of birthJune 22, 1949
Place of birthOklahoma City, Oklahoma
Campaign website
Elizabeth Warren is a 2012 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts.[1]


Warren was born on June 22, 1949 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She graduated from high schoool at age 16 and earned a BS in speech pathology in 1970 from the University of Houston. She earned her JD from Rutgers School of Law in 1976. She has taught at the University of Texas, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.[2]

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.[3]



Elizabeth Warren for Senate campaign logo.
See also: United States Senate elections in Massachusetts, 2012

Warren is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Massachusetts. She ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket.[4] The signature filing deadline for candidates was June 5, 2012. Incumbent Scott Brown is seeking re-election on the Republican ticket. The general election takes 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 will decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[5] The seat rated a a toss-up that the Sabato's Crystal Ball believes is second most likely to end up Republican, second only to Montana, is the Senate seat in Massachusetts.[5] The article notes that Scott Brown has had recent campaigning success in Massachusetts, and despite mixed polls, Brown’s "blue-collar appeal"[5] might be enough against his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren.[5]


Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren
Poll Scott Brown Elizabeth WarrenNeitherDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
UMass/Boston Herald (December 1-6, 2011)
Western NE College (October 17-23, 2011)
Public Policy Polling (March 16-18, 2012)
The MassInc Polling Group (July 19-22, 2012)
Public Policy Polling (August 16-19, 2012)
Rasmussen Reports (September 24, 2012)
AVERAGES 45% 44.83% 1% 8.5% +/-4.15 666.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Warren's reports.

Elizabeth Warren (2012)[6] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]March 31, 2012$6,141,942.11$6,924,212.48$(21,006,195.85)$10,959,958.74
July Quarterly[8]June 30, 2012$10,959,958.75$8,674,357.15$(6,103,432.28)$13,530,883.62
Pre-Primary[9]August 8, 2012$13,530,883.62$3,738,662.97$(4,932,502.21)$12,337,044.38
October Quarterly[10]October 3, 2012$12,337,044.38$8,383,315.74$(13,434,295.79)$7,286,064.33
Pre-General[11]October 3, 2012$7,286,064.33$2,525,146.82$(6,341,901.35)$3,469,309.80
Running totals

Warren raised $12.1 million in the third quarter and has $7.3 million cash on hand. However, her lower cash on hand total is due to pre-paying for over $3 million of TV ads for the final three weeks of the campaign.[12]


Warren was married to Jim Warren from 1968-1978. They had two children together. Warren married Bruce Mann in 1980.[2]

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