Who am I?
Elizabeth Warren says she came up the hard wayout of a hard-working middle class family in an America that created opportunities for kids like me. She has made her lifes work fighting for middle class families. The Boston Globe calls her the plainspoken voice of people getting crushed by so many predatory lenders and under regulated banks. TIME magazine has called her a New Sheriff of Wall Street and has twice included her among Americas 100 most influential people. Shes taken on big banks and financial institutions to win historic new financial protections for middle class families.
Elizabeth learned first-hand about the economic pressures facing middle class families. When she was twelve, her dad suffered a heart attack. The store where he worked changed his job and cut his pay, and the medical bills piled up. The family lost their car, and her mom went to work answering phones at Sears to pay the mortgage.
Elizabeth got her first job at nine, babysitting for a family across the street from her house. She started waiting tables at 13 at her Aunt Alices Mexican restaurant. All three of her brothers served in the military. She got married at 19, and after graduating from college, started teaching in elementary school. Her first baby, a daughter Amelia, was born when Elizabeth was 22.
When Amelia was two, Elizabeth started law school. Shortly after she graduated, her son Alex was born. She practiced law out of her living room, but she soon returned to teaching. Elizabeth has been a law professor at Harvard for nearly 20 years and has written nine books, including two national best-sellers, and more than a hundred articles. National Law Journal named her one of the Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade, and she has been honored by the Massachusetts Womens Bar Association with the Lelia J. Robinson Award.
In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Elizabeth served as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Her independent and tireless efforts to protect taxpayers, to hold Wall Street accountable, and to ensure tough oversight of both the Bush and Obama Administrations won praise from both sides of the aisle. The Boston Globe named Elizabeth Bostonian of the Year in 2009 for her oversight efforts.
She is widely credited for the original thinking, political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of a new consumer financial protection agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She led the establishment of the agency, building the structure and organization to hold accountable even trillion-dollar financial institutions and to protect consumers from financial tricks and traps often hidden in mortgages, credit cards and other financial products.
Elizabeth and her husband Bruce Mann, who was born and grew up in the Boston area, have been married for 31 years and now have three grandchildren. They live in Cambridge with their golden retriever, Otis.
Why am I running?
Elizabeth's life work has been fighting for middle class families, taking on big banks, putting forward new ideas, and working to turn those ideas into a reality that makes a difference for people. She is running because she experienced firsthand the difficulties that good hard-working families face and the government instituted impossibilities that stand in their way of the American Dream.
We can and need to make changes in the following areas to improve life for the middle class. There are more than just three areas where change is necessary and feasible. These areas are education, construction, renewable energy, research, small business, workers rights, and fair trade. We need to invest in our teachers, upgrade outdated infrastructure, invest now in renewable energy to save later, research new fields for new technical jobs, write legislation with small businesses in mind, make it easier for workers to work together for better conditions, and strengthen our trade laws.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
Elizabeth's campaign is people powered and couldnt run without the devoted help of her volunteers. The volunteers who work on Elizabeth's campaign are wide reaching and come from all areas. Theyve organized house parties across the state gaining the enthusiasm, encouragement, and advice of citizens across Massachusetts. Massachusetts understands the importance of taking back Ted Kennedys seat and Elizabeth Warren is determined in making their voices heard.
Elizabeth is constantly interacting with the citizens of Massachusetts. In the beginning of September she was invited to meet with labor leaders at Bostons Labor Day Breakfast. She presented ideas and emphasized the importance of the middle class families the workers represent. Elizabeth met with union members and exchanged ideas on what needs to be done collectively to keep our workers working in the conditions they want for the wages they deserve. These one on one interactions are indispensable to the campaign.