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Elizabeth Warren
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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
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$9,652,512
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Elizabeth Warren campaign logo

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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.

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.[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

2013-2014

Warren serves on the following Senate committees[6]:

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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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]

Economy

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]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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 funds 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.[14] 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.[15]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" 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.[9]

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."[16][17] While Warren previously expressed firm disapproval for efforts to legalize marijuana, most notably during a debate in October 2011, [18]she has more recently expressed qualified support for legalizing certain medical applications of the drug, provided that there is regulation and careful control exercised.[19] Medical marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts by a voter approved ballot question in 2012.[20]

Controversy

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."[21]

Elections

2016

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Elizabeth Warren

Political offices:
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Democratic Party Democratic candidates:
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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 6, 2012, and is currently serving her first term.[22][23][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."[24][25]

Sixteen senators have been elected to the presidency, including President Barack Obama (D).[26]

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.[27]
  • 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."[28]

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."[29]
  • 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."[30]
  • After a woman attending Warren's book tour shouted, "Run, Liz, run!," Warren replied, "I’m not running for president."[30]

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."[30]
  • 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."[30]
  • Mandy Grunwald: "a longtime ally of Clinton, who counseled Warren early on whether to run and later advised her campaign."[30]
  • 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."[30]
  • 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.[31]

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."[32]
  • 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)."[33]
  • In 2013, Warren voted for S.Amdt.297 to S.Con.Res.8, which proposed repealing the medical device tax.[34][35]
  • 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.[36]

Government regulations

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Government regulations
  • In 2014, Elizabeth Warren opposed a spending bill that included reversing some of the regulations on banks implemented in "Dodd-Frank" financial regulation reform.[37]
  • 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."[38]

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."[39]

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.[40]
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren supported cutting the defense budget and closing "loopholes for hedge fund managers," according to The Boston Globe.[36]

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."[41][42]
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren supported ending agricultural subsidies.[36]

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."[43]
  • 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."[44]

Foreign affairs

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

Iran nuclear deal

See also: 2016 presidential candidates on the Iran nuclear deal
  • On April 3, 2015, Elizabeth Warren said, "Here's the bottom line. Finding a negotiated solution, something that works, something that doesn't involve trusting, something that involves verifying that Iran is not moving toward developing a nuclear weapon, that is our best promise in the region. And so far, when everyone says they don't like this deal -- not everyone certainly, [but] the people who do say it -- the real question is, 'And what's the alternative here? What have you got as the next best move?' I want to see what comes out in the details. You know, we all know the devil is in the details. And [John] Kerry himself has made clear, it's possible it won't all work, that we won't get it all the way across the finish line. But, you know, there are some good signs at this point that there may be a negotiated solution here."[45]

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."[46]

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."[47]
  • 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.[48]
  • 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."[49]
  • In April 2013, Warren co-sponsored S.34 - the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2013, which proposed amending "the federal criminal code to authorize the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm or the issuance of a firearms or explosives license or permit (or revoke such license or permit) if the Attorney General: (1) determines that the transferee is known (or appropriately suspected) to be engaged in terrorism or has provided material support or resources for terrorism; and (2) has a reasonable belief that the transferee may use a firearm in connection with terrorism."[50]

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.[51]
  • 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."[52]

Domestic

Federalism

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Federalism
Judiciary
  • In June 2013, Elizabeth Warren criticized the judicial appointment process. She said, "Above all, we must make judicial nominations a priority. It’s time for a new generation of judges, judges whose life experience extends beyond big firms, federal prosecution, and white-collar defense. We need sustained pressure to get those judges in front of the Senate. Pressure — pressure on our president, pressure on senators, pressure in the press."[53]
First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • In November 2013, Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.J.Res.19 which proposed allowing "Congress and the states to regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections." The resolution also proposed distinguishing between "natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections."[54]
Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • In April 2013, Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.Amdt.714 to S.649, which proposed regulating "large capacity ammunition feeding devices."[55]
  • In April 2013, Warren co-sponsored S.Amdt.711 to S.649, which proposed regulating "assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited."[56]
Crime and justice
  • Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.1410 - the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014, which, among other things, proposed repealing mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders.[57]

Natural resources

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Natural resources
Energy development/ regulation
  • In February 2013, Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.401 - the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act, which proposed allowing "a 30% tax credit for investment in a qualifying offshore wind facility."[58]
  • Warren's website states: "Investing in clean energy technology is investing in our health, our environmental security, our national security, and our economic security."[59]
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren supported ending oil and gas subsidies.[36]
Keystone XL Pipeline
Fracking
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Elizabeth Warren opposed "hydraulic fracturing until companies meet clean water regulations and disclose chemicals," according to The Boston Globe.[36]
Climate change
  • In June 2014, Elizabeth Warren supported "Environmental Protection Agency standards which aim to cut the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's power plants by an ambitious 30 percent by the year 2030," according to Mass Live. She said, "We know that high carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere are driving climate change. We know those carbon dioxide levels are increasing the acidity of our oceans, disrupting already-fragile marine ecosystems. And we know that power plants are responsible for about 40 percent of America's carbon pollution. Add all that up, and we know enough to know that reducing carbon pollution from power plant emissions will make a real difference in the fight against climate change."[61]
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren argued that "the data proving human influence on climate change is overwhelming," and she supported "EPA regulation of greenhouse gases," according to The Boston Globe.[36]

Healthcare

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Healthcare
  • In March 2013, Elizabeth Warren voted against S.Amdt.30 to S.Amdt.26, which proposed prohibiting "the use of funds to carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."[62][63]
  • Warren co-sponsored S.482 - the Health Insurance Rate Review Act, which proposed amending "the Public Health Service Act to declare that federal requirements that the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) review unreasonable premium increases in health care coverage shall not be construed to prohibit a state from imposing additional rate requirements on health insurance issuers that are more protective of consumers. Expands such review to include all rate increases, not only premium increases."[64]
  • When Warren was asked if she supported a single-payer healthcare system during her 2012 Senate campaign, she responded, "I think the urgent question now is whether we're going to be able to hold on to the health care reforms that just passed. There are a lot of people who want to repeal them. I think we need to focus on protecting them and on finding new ways to lower costs, which are still too high."[65]

Immigration

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Immigration
  • In June 2013, Elizabeth Warren voted for S.744 - the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.[66]
  • In June 2013, Warren voted against S.Amdt.1197 to S.744, which proposed requiring "the completion of the 350 miles of reinforced, double-layered fencing described in section 102(b)(1)(A) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted and to require the completion of 700 miles of such fencing before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be adjusted to permanent resident status."[67][68]

Education

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Education
  • In September 2014, Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.2826 - the Strengthening Forgiveness for Public Servants Act, which proposed forgiving a percentage of an individual's student loans based on the number of years the individual worked as a public servant.[69]
  • In November 2013, Warren co-sponsored S.1697 - the Strong Start for America's Children Act, which proposed allotting "matching grants to states and, through them, subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs), childhood education program providers, or consortia of those entities to implement high-quality prekindergarten programs for children from low-income families."[70]
  • According to U.S. News & World Report, "In her 2003 book, The Two Income Trap, Warren and co-author Amelia Warren Tyagi cite the traditional public schools system, in which children are assigned to a school based on their residence, as a key source of economic pressure for families with children. Warren and Tyagi call for system-wide reforms to break the link between where a child lives and where they go to school, and specifically make the case for a fully-funded voucher program that would enable children to attend any public school."[71]

Abortion

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Abortion
  • In July 2014, Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.2578 - the Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014, which proposed requiring that "an employer that establishes or maintains a group health plan for its employees must provide coverage of a specific item or service for the employees or their dependents where the coverage is required under federal provisions or regulations pursuant to those provisions; and (2) group health plans sponsored by an employer or employee organization, and any health insurance coverage, must provide coverage required under the Public Health Service Act, including preventive health services."[72]
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren expressed her support for abortion rights. She also supported "Massachusetts’ parental notification law, which requires girls under 18 to obtain parental consent before having an abortion, with an option for a judge to provide consent," according to The Boston Globe.[36]

Gay rights

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Gay rights
  • During a March 2012 interview, Elizabeth Warren expressed her support for same-sex marriage and said, "I think that DOMA is a terrible statute. For forever, the federal government has permitted the states to define marriage, and now the federal government steps in and says, 'Yeah, the states get to do it for most families, but not those families because we don’t like them.'"[73]

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 Populist-Leaning Liberal. Warren received a score of 66 percent on social issues and 9 percent on economic issues.[74] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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Political savvy

Character

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

Integrity

  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Elizabeth Warren promised to make the rich pay their "fair share." In August 2014, she wrote, "I still feel passionately about what I said back then, and I feel even more passionately about it as I see what's happening in Washington. Big oil companies -- some of the most profitable companies on the planet -- are still guzzling down billions of dollars in subsidies, while Head Start and Meals on Wheels funding are cut in sequestration. Millionaires and billionaires still don't pay their fair share in taxes, but student loans continue to increase and the policy of the federal government is now to profit off our young people getting a higher education. In other words, the game is still rigged to make the rich and powerful even more rich and powerful. And that means we've got more work to do to help make sure the next kid can get ahead and the kid after that and the kid after that."[75]
  • In 2013, Warren attempted to fulfill her campaign promise to "to protect consumers from Wall Street gambles" by introducing "a modern version of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act. The bill would separate traditional banks that have savings and checking accounts and are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from riskier financial institutions that offer services such as investment banking, hedge funds and private equity activities," according to Mass Live.[76]

Ethics

  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Elizabeth Warren claimed to be Native American, but she was unable to provide documentation to support her claim.[77]

Principles

  • In January 2015, Elizabeth Warren fought against the Obama administration's nomination of Antonio Weiss for a Treasury Department position. She was able to build enough opposition to the nomination that Weiss withdrew his name from consideration. According to The New York Times, "Ms. Warren said that Mr. Weiss was not qualified for the domestic finance post because much of his investment banking career has been spent on international mergers and acquisitions."[78]
  • In December 2014, Warren led opposition to a bill that would have eased regulations on banks put in place through Dodd-Frank. Warren said, "A vote for this bill is a vote for future taxpayer bailouts of Wall Street. It is time for all of us to stand up and fight." Warren was unsuccessful in her efforts, but "almost three times as many Democrats voted against the measure as for it – 139 against to 57 in favor," according to MSNBC.[79]

Communications

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

Overall presence

  • Elizabeth Warren has been described as having a "fiery" persona by progressive Democrats.[80]

Past speeches and interviews


"Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the AFL-CIO Raising Wages Summit," January 7, 2015.

"Elizabeth Warren's Speech at Netroots Nation 2014."

"Elizabeth Warren DNC Speech Complete: 'Corporations Are Not People' - Democratic National Convention," September 5, 2012.

Past debates


"Senator Scott Brown And Elizabeth Warren debate Climate Change."

Political and leadership attributes

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

Leadership positions

  • In November 2014, Senate Democrats created the leadership position "strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee" for Elizabeth Warren. After being named to the position she said, "I believe in what the Democrats are fighting for. You know Wall Street is doing very well. CEO's are bringing in millions more and families all across this country are struggling. We have to make this government work for the American people and that's what we're here to fight for. I am grateful to the leader. I am grateful to the caucus to give me the chance to be part of that fight but that's what we're all going to be here doing every single day. That's what we're about."[81]

Elections and campaign finance

  • On June 2, 2012, Warren won the Democratic nomination at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention with 95.77 percent.[83]
  • Warren defeated Scott Brown (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[85]

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  16. Bostonglobe.com "Democrats celebrate St. Patrick as they ever have" March 2013
  17. Wbur.org "Senate Candidates Show Sense Of Humor At St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast" March 2013
  18. Boston.com blogs "Weak showing on drug war from Dems" March 2013
  19. Huffingtonpost.com "Elizabeth Warren Offers Support For Medical Marijuana, Citing Father's Battle With Cancer" March 2013
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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.

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.[2] 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.[2] The article noted that Scott Brown had had recent campaigning success in Massachusetts, and suggested that despite mixed polls, Brown’s "blue-collar appeal"[2] might have been enough against his opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren.[2]

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.[3]

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

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.[4]

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.[5]

Cost per vote

Warren spent $24.89 per vote received in 2012.


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

Analysis

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

Warren most often votes with:

Warren least often votes with:

Net Worth

2011

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.

Personal

Warren was married to Jim Warren from 1968-1978. They had two children together. Warren married Bruce Mann in 1980.[9]

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