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Rahm Emanuel

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Rahm Emanuel
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Mayor of Chicago
Incumbent
In office
May 16, 2011-Present
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionFebruary 22, 2011
First electedFebruary 22, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States House of Representatives
2003-2009
Education
Bachelor'sSarah Lawrence College
Master'sNorthwestern University
Personal
BirthdayNovember 29, 1959
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rahm Emanuel (b. November 29, 1959) is the current mayor of Chicago, Illinois. He was elected on February 22, 2011 and was sworn into office on May 16, 2011.[1] Before he became mayor of Chicago, Emanuel served as White House Chief of Staff under President Barack Obama. Prior to that position, Emanuel represented Illinois' 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2003-2009. He was elected to serve in the 111th United States Congress as well, but he declined his seat in order to serve as Chief of Staff. From 1993-1998 he worked under President Bill Clinton, eventually serving as Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy.[1][2][3]

Biography

Emanuel was born in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York in 1981 and his M.A. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1985.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Emanuel's academic, professional and political career:[3][4][5]

  • 1981: Earned his B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York
  • 1985: Earned his M.A. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1988: National Campaign Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • 1989: Senior Adviser/Chief Fund-raiser for the Richard M. Daley Mayoral Campaign
  • 1993-1999: Aide to President Bill Clinton
  • 1999-2002: Investment banker at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein
  • 2003-2009: U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • 2005-2007: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair
  • 2009-2010: White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama
  • 2011-Present: Mayor of Chicago

Elections

2011

Emanuel was elected as mayor of Chicago on February 22, 2011, defeating eight opponents.[6] The top five are listed below.

Chicago, Illinois Mayoral Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRahm Emanuel Incumbent 55.3% 326,331
     Nonpartisan Gery Chico 23.9% 141,228
     Nonpartisan Miguel Del Valle 9.3% 54,689
     Nonpartisan Carol Moseley Braun 9% 53,062
     Nonpartisan Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins 1.6% 9,704
     Nonpartisan Dock Walls 0.9% 5,343
Total Votes 590,357

2008

On November 4, 2008, Rahm Emanuel won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Tom Hanson (R) and Alan Augustson (G) in the general election.[7]

U.S. House, Illinois District 5 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRahm Emanuel incumbent 73.9% 170,728
     Republican Tom Hanson 22% 50,881
     Green Party Alan Augustson 4% 9,283
Total Votes 230,892

2006

On November 7, 2006, Rahm Emanuel won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Kevin Edward White (R) in the general election.[8]

U.S. House, Illinois District 5 General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRahm Emanuel incumbent 78% 114,319
     Republican Kevin Edward White 22% 32,250
     N/A Write-in 0% 12
Total Votes 146,581

2004

On November 2, 2004, Rahm Emanuel won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Bruce Best (R) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House, Illinois District 5 General Election, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRahm Emanuel incumbent 76.2% 158,400
     Republican Bruce Best 23.8% 49,530
Total Votes 207,930

2002

On November 5, 2002, Rahm Emanuel won election to the United States House. He defeated Mark A. Augusti (R) and Maggie Kohls (L) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House, Illinois District 5 General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRahm Emanuel 66.8% 106,514
     Republican Mark A. Augusti 28.9% 46,008
     Libertarian Maggie Kohls 4.3% 6,913
Total Votes 159,435

Campaign donor history

2008

Emanuel won re-election to the United States House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $2,878,252 and spent a total of $2,105,109.[11] His top five contributors for this election are listed below.

2006

Emanuel won re-election to the United States House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $1,287,804 and spent a total of $1,380,457.[11]

2004

Emanuel won re-election to the United States House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $1,597,260 and spent a total of $689,463.[11]

2002

Emanuel was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $3,149,644 and spent a total of $2,971,514. His opponent Mark A. Augusti raised a total of $197,678 and spent a total of $215,731.[11]

Personal

Emanuel and his wife Amy Rule have three children, Zach, Ilana, and Leah.[1]

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