Elizabeth Warren



United States Senator from MA is speaking during the Democratic National Convention. She is one of the strong Democratic voices in the Senate. Warren was a professor for about 30 years focusing on consumer law and bankruptcy.

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Elizabeth Warren was born in Oklahoma City in 1949. She is the youngest of four siblings, growing up in the lower middle class. She was a state debate champion and graduated high school at the age of 16.
She went to George Washington University in D.C. on a debate team scholarship. Two years later, she moved to the University of Houston to be with her high school sweetheart Bill Warren, whom she married at 19, worked at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). After graduating she had her first child, Amelia.
Two years later at 24, she went to Rutgers University Law School. Upon her graduation in 1976, she worked out of her house with her two kids.
Since the start of her career, she focused on bankruptcy and economic struggles. There she discovered that most bankruptcy cases bring the most damages to middle class families.
She is now married for 36 years to Bruce Mann. Warren and her family moved around the country teaching law at top universities such as the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania.
They settled at Harvard in 1995 where she taught along with her  husband. Warren was also the chief advisor to the new National Bankruptcy Review Commission, where she testified in Congress against limiting the ability for consumers to file for bankruptcy. Although she was defeated and it was passed.
In 2008, then Senate majority leader Harry Reid to be the chair of the Congressional Oversight Committee related to the bank bailout. There she was in charge of investigations, hearings, monthly reports and relations to the public.
In regards to her work, the Boston Globe gave her the title of “Bostonian of the Year” for 2009.
Then President Barack Obama named Warren Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. There she was one of the people in charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Although she was not nominated by Republicans to run the bureau so she stepped down in 2011.