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Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren.jpg
U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 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$6,990,514
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Elizabeth Warren campaign logo

Contents

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 2018.

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 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.[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

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 SCOTUS

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:
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.[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, 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

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."[45]

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."[46]
  • 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.[47]
  • 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."[48]

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.[49]
  • 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."[50]

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.[51]
First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • Warren was a cosponsor of a constitutional amendment that would ban corporations from making political contributions.[52]
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.[53]
  • She also voted for a bill that would put a ban on assault weapons.[54]
Crime and justice
  • Warren cosponsored a bill that repeals mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders.[55]
  • 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.[56]
  • Warren, along with the rest of the Massachusetts delegation, pledged her support for universal background checks.[57]

Energy policy

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Energy policy
  • Warren voted against a bill to approve the Keystone Pipeline.[58]
  • Warren cosponsored a bill to allow a 30 percent tax credit on offshore wind facility.[59]
  • 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..[60]
  • In the 2012 Senate campaign, Warren advocated for ending subsidies for oil and gas.[61]
  • She is opposed to fracking until the industry can meet clean water regulations and discloses the chemicals that are used.[62]
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.[63]
  • Warren advocates for more investment in “clean energy technology.”[64]

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.[65]
  • Warren cosponsored a bill that would provide grants to states for 3 and 4-year old kindergarten.[66]
  • 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.[67]

Healthcare

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Healthcare
  • Warren voted in opposition of the bill to defund Obamacare.[68]
  • She was a cosponsor of a bill that required the Department of Health and Human Services to review premium increases by insurance companies.[69]
  • 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.[70]

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.[71]
  • 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.[72]

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.[73]
  • 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.[74]

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.[75]
  • Warren has expressed strong support for legalizing same-sex marriage and her opposition to the federal Defense of Marriage Act.[76]

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.[77]
  • 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.[78]
  • 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.[79]
  • 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.[80]

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.[81]
  • 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.[82]

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.[83]
  • 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.[84]
  • 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.[85]

Communications

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

Overall presence

  • Warren has been described as having a “fiery” persona.[86]

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.[87]

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.[88]

Elections and campaign finance

  • In September 2011, Warren announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.[89]
  • She won the nomination at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention with 95.77 percent.[90]
  • She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.[91]
  • 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.[92]
  • In a 2015 interview with Fortune Magazine, Warren said she is not running for president in 2016.[93]

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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 eight 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

See also: Net Worth 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 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.[9]

Elizabeth Warren Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$6,990,514-27.58%
2011$9,652,512N/A

Personal

Warren was married to Jim Warren from 1968-1978. They had two children together. Warren married Bruce Mann in 1980.[10]

2013 best year

Warren was named by The Hill as a member of Congress who had one of the best years in 2013.[11]

Recent news

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