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Elizabeth Warren says she “came up the hard way…out of a hard-working middle class family in an America that created opportunities for kids like me.” She has made her life’s 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 America’s 100 most influential people. She’s 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 Alice’s 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 Women’s 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.

Entries by Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Wall Street Should Disclose Its Think Tank Contributions

(56) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 10:49 AM

In December, I wrote to the heads of six of the country's biggest financial institutions with a simple request: that they voluntarily disclose the financial contributions their companies make to think tanks. This disclosure would help make sure shareholders, policymakers, and the public are aware of efforts by...

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Senate Women Say: Raise The Minimum Wage!

(10) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 7:24 PM

Co-authored by:
Senator Mazie Hirono
Senator Tammy Baldwin

Last week, the Democratic women senators stood together at an amazing event where we delivered a very important message: No American woman should ever work a full-time job and still raise her children in poverty.

Yet...

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Coming to a Post Office Near You: Loans You Can Trust?

(1734) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 1:50 PM

The poor pay more.

According to a report put out this week by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Postal Service, about 68 million Americans -- more than a quarter of all households -- have no checking or savings account and are underserved by...

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Four Questions for Fed Chair Candidates

(1026) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 2:35 PM

The decisions made by the next chair of the Federal Reserve will have a powerful impact on the economic well-being of every person in America.

While the largest financial institutions and corporations in this country have been bailed out and are now back to making enormous profits and rewarding...

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Elizabeth Warren's Commencement Speech: 'I Know It Is Hard Out There,' Senator Tells Graduates

(160) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 12:37 PM

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Class of 2013, you’re heading out into the world, and as with any new journey, it can be scary. I know some of you are worried...

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The First Week in January

(2356) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 8:44 AM

I'm honored to serve the people of Massachusetts in the United States Senate, and I'm grateful for everything you've done to help send me to Washington.

When I'm sworn in just a couple of months from now, I want to fight for jobs for people who want to work. I...

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Tricks, Traps, and Accountability

(501) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 1:30 PM

As we mark the one year anniversary of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), I've been thinking about how for years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, I asked students in my contract law class to read a credit card agreement -- either an offer that they'd received in...

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Let's Really Make This The People's Seat

(76) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 11:17 AM

This is a big day for our campaign: The day of our first-ever "money bomb" on the two-year anniversary of Scott Brown's special election to the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. And we could really use your help to make our money bomb as big and successful as possible.

I hope...

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I'm Running!

(1754) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 6:45 AM

I'm running!

Today, I am launching my campaign to represent the people of Massachusetts in the United States Senate. After listening to people all across our state who know that we can do better, folks who are frustrated like I am that Washington just doesn't get it, I'm running for...

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Middle Class Families vs. Big Banks

(119) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 2:14 PM

Do we need more proof Washington's not working for middle class families? We got it once again this week.

The big banks and their army of lobbyists couldn't stop the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, so now they are trying to undermine its work, enlisting their Republican...

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A Big Week for the New Consumer Agency

(1415) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 8:36 AM

This is a big week for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Today, the President will announce his intent to nominate Richard Cordray to serve as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On Thursday, the CFPB makes its transition from a start-up to a real, live agency...

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New Consumer Agency Is Frightfully Necessary -- And Late

(595) Comments | Posted December 29, 2010 | 4:40 PM

No one has missed the headlines: Haphazard and possibly illegal practices at mortgage-servicing companies have called into question home foreclosures across the nation.

The latest disclosures are deeply troubling, but they should not come as a big surprise. For years, both individual homeowners and consumer advocates sounded alarms that foreclosure...

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Fighting to Protect Consumers

(1425) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 6:00 AM

Over the past several weeks, the president and I have had extensive conversations about the vital importance of consumer financial protection.

The president asked me, and I enthusiastically agreed, to serve as an Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial...

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Feminomics: Women and Bankruptcy

(171) Comments | Posted December 17, 2009 | 10:39 AM

From an economic standpoint, will 2010 be the year of the woman? As part of the Roosevelt Institute's ongoing 'Feminomics' series, running on the New Deal 2.0 blog, I was asked to reflect on women's changing roles in the economy. Here's my take on the pernicious effects of...

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America Without a Middle Class

(5370) Comments | Posted December 3, 2009 | 9:00 AM

Can you imagine an America without a strong middle class? If you can, would it still be America as we know it?

Today, one in five Americans is unemployed, underemployed or just plain out of work. One in nine families can't make the minimum payment on their...

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Real Change: Turning Up the Heat on Non-Bank Lenders

(255) Comments | Posted September 3, 2009 | 5:39 PM

The big banks are storming Washington, determined to kill the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA). They understand that a regulator who actually cares about consumers would cause a seismic change in their business model: No more burying the terms of the agreement in the fine print, no more tricks and...

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Who Has Tea with the Queen?

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2005 | 2:17 PM

Newsweek counts eight ambassadorships handed out to $100,000-plus donors since January. Add in Bush's appointee from Friday, billionaire Roland Arnall, and that brings us to a Big Donor Appointment Rate of one every 24 days. Billionaires, get your bids in now.

Roland Arnall paid in at least...

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No Bad Deed Goes Unrewarded in This Administration

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2005 | 7:18 PM

Today Ameriquest set aside $325 million in anticipation of a flood of lawsuits from defrauded customers. And at the same time, financial reporters have uncovered some very tricky accounting gimmicks used to keep the mortgage industry looking healthy.

President Bush had a quick and decisive response: Today he...

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A One-Way Deal with MBNA

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2005 | 6:39 PM

Make your payments on time and what happens? Maybe you do OK and maybe you end up with a huge rate hike.

Remember how former FBI Director Louis Freeh testified before the Senate last week that his new boss, credit card giant MBNA, never jerked up interest rates...

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If Congress Listens, Who Cares If It's True?

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2005 | 8:44 PM

You have a low interest credit card and you do everything the card company wants—payments on time to the company, payments on time to everyone else, clean fingernails—everything, so your interest rate stays the same—right?

Wrong.

After the Congressional Hearing on Tuesday where a former FBI director

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