Elizabeth Warren is one of the loudest politicians in the current Democratic dispensation in America. She is a Democrat from Massachusetts and has been in the U.S. Senate since 2012, where she serves on many Senate committees and subcommittees. She is undoubtedly among those who are changing America for the better, and for this reason, her background should be of interest to anyone who cares about our beloved nation. We have written here everything there is to know about her, including her academic record and family life, without leaving out the Native American controversy about her. So read on!
Elizabeth Warren’s Bio
This U.S. Senator was born on June 22, 1949, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, into a middle-class family consisting of her father, Donald Jones Herring, and his wife, Pauline Reed. As siblings, she has three older brothers with whom she grew up in Christian Methodist doctrine.
As she grew up, her family faced great financial difficulties because her father’s heart attack when she was 12 years old cost her a lot of money for medical bills, more importantly, the family’s car was stolen because they could not pay back a loan they owed. To supplement her meager income, Elizabeth’s mother took a job in the Sears catalog ordering department while she herself worked as a waitress in her aunt’s Mexican restaurant. However, despite the difficulties, Elizabeth Warren was born with a lot of potentials and she began to show it in her school.
Education and Career
Elizabeth was a student at Northwest Classen High School, where she was a member of the school’s debate team. At the age of 16, she won the State High School Debating Championship and also a debating scholarship from George Washington University. The teenager enrolled in college and began studying there for the next two years before dropping out to marry her high school sweetheart, Jim Warren.
She later enrolled at the University of Houston when she and her husband moved there and graduated in 1970 with a B.Sc. in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Elizabeth then began a career as a teacher, teaching children with disabilities in a public school. Later they moved back to New Jersey where she was accepted at Rutgers University, Newark School of Law, and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1976. Elizabeth also passed her bar exam and began practicing at home, where she wrote wills and completed real estate degrees.
Warren’s academic career led her to lecture at Rutgers University, Newark School of Law from 1977-78, before moving to the University of Houston Law Center, where she served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs from 1978-83 and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs in 1980. She taught at the University of Texas Law School in 1981 and as a visiting professor in 1983-87; she was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan (1985), a research fellow at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin in 1983-87, a full professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1987 and a Robert Braucher visiting professor of business law at Harvard Law School in 1992.
Before she won a political seat, Elizabeth Warren’s life was already public, at least from an academic perspective. As an expert in bankruptcy and commercial law, she was appointed in 1995 to advise the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, where she worked tirelessly for years. In 2008, the majority leader in the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid, appointed her to chair the five-member Congressional Oversight Panel that oversees the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, to which she provided monthly reports evaluating the bailout and related government programs. In 2010, former U.S. President Barack Obama appointed her as Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Office for the Protection of Consumer Financial Interests, whose establishment she supported.
According to a CNN Money report, Elizabeth Warren has net assets estimated at between $3.7 and $10 million (average net assets of $8.75 million), making her the 76th wealthiest of 541 senators and representatives in America according to the CNN report.
Who is Her Husband?
Elizabeth Warren first married Jim Warren, her high school sweetheart, from 1968 to 1978 when she asked for and got a divorce from him. However, they had two children; Amelia and Alexander during the time they were together.
In 1980, she married Bruce H. Mann, a law professor, and has been married to him ever since. Elisabeth retains the name of her first husband, however.
Native American Controversy
Elizabeth Warren’s Native American controversy dates back to when she was just starting out as a politician. Her then-Republican opponent in the Senate, Scott Brown, accused her of fabricating a Native American heritage to gain an advantage in the labor market. Similarly, her former colleagues challenged Scott’s claims that her ancestry had played a major role in her employment. She came up again in the 2012 Massachusetts Senate campaign and the 2016 presidential campaign, and incumbent President Donald Trump described her as “Pocahontas.
Is she an Indian then? Warren’s main response was her claim that her mother and grandmother told her and her siblings that her family had Cherokee and Delaware heritage. Her brother also contributed to this allegation, but there are no documents to prove that her family has such an inheritance. She has also repeatedly insisted that she has never used her claim to Native American heritage to gain an advantage. There was also no concrete evidence that she used her Native American claims to gain an unfair advantage in obtaining teaching positions.