Elizabeth Warren is not a household name…yet. So who is the political player who is making headlines? The woman who was just named as the one to spearhead the newly launched consumer bureau by President Barack Obama? This mom of two who wrote ” The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke” with her daughter?
Here are 11 things to know about Elizabeth Warren, professor, mom and the woman behind the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Barack Obama introduced her as “a janitor’s daughter who’s become one of the country’s fiercest advocates for the middle class.”
Elizabeth is 61 and was born on June 22, 1949.
She is the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard and she teaches contract law, commercial law and bankruptcy.
She became the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel that was overseeing and investigating the bank bailout of 2008- 2009.
Elizabeth has been trying to get the Consumer Finance Protection Agency up and running since 2007.
She is heading up a team that will be a watchdog group that will keep an eye on and establish new rules for credit cards, mortgages and other consumer financial services. But at this point is it unsure if she will be the director of the new agency.
She was a champion debater at the young age of 16, she went on to attend George Washington University and the University of Houston (where she got her B.S.). She then went and got her J.D. from Rutgers Law in Newark.
She began teaching at Harvard in 1992 and previous to that had taught at University of Pennsylvania School of Law, University of Texas School of Law, University of Houston Law Center, University of Michigan and Rutgers Law School.
You may recognize Elizabeth from her TV appearances. She was appeared on The Daily Show, Dr. Phil and on Charlie Rose. She also has been seen in the documentary Maxed Out and Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story.
She has two children. Amelia Warren Tyagi and Son Alexander Warren. Elizabeth has also written two books (All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan and The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke) with her daughter as well as a few articles.
She divorced her first husband Jim Warren in 1978 and is currently married to Bruce Mann who is also a law professor at Harvard.