“Nevertheless, she persisted”
Senator Elizabeth Warren has dedicated her career to fighting for the middle class — taking on the big banks, putting forward new ideas, and working to turn those ideas into a reality that makes a difference for people. As the youngest child in a hardworking blue-collar family, she got her first job babysitting at age nine, and waited tables at her aunt’s restaurant at age 13. When Elizabeth was 12, her father had a heart attack, and the family struggled to pay his medical bills. “We lost the family car, and my mom went to work at Sears to pay the mortgage,” she recalled. A product of public schools, Elizabeth used babysitting money to pay for college applications, and attended college on a debating scholarship. She married at 19 and had her first child at 22. Elizabeth taught elementary school before she started law school, enrolling when her daughter was two and graduating from Rutgers just before her son was born. She practiced law out of her living room — writing wills and handling real estate closings — before returning to teaching. The rare expert who can explain complex problems in clear language and offer effective solutions with similar strength, she led the fight to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect people from unscrupulous credit card, mortgage, and banking practices. In 2012, she took on Tea Party hero Scott Brown and won, becoming the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts history. Today, Elizabeth is standing up for women and families by holding Donald Trump’s Republican Party accountable. When Mitch McConnell, backed by the rest of the Senate Republicans, moved to censor Elizabeth for quoting a letter from Coretta Scott King during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation, he said: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” No matter how hard extremists try to silence her, Elizabeth will never, ever back down.
A fearless champion for women and families
Upon taking office, Elizabeth quickly established herself as a courageous leader in the Senate and now serves as vice chair of the Senate Democratic caucus. Elizabeth is a fearless progressive and a powerful advocate for working families — with an uncanny ability to get under Donald Trump’s skin. She serves on the powerful Senate Banking Committee, and in 2016 she set her investigatory sights on Wells Fargo, holding the CEO accountable for his handling of a scandal over the opening of more than two million accounts without customers’ authorization as employees sought to meet sales targets. Elizabeth also serves on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, and is fighting back against what she has called the Republicans’ “reckless and irresponsible” policy of “repeal and run.” In the 115th Congress, Elizabeth also joined the Armed Services Committee. The sister of three veterans, she places a high priority on taking care of military families and keeping our commitment to those who have served. A steadfast pro-choice champion, Elizabeth sent a clear message to the incoming administration and to women and families across the country when she wore a pink Planned Parenthood scarf to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. In this volatile political climate with unknown high-stakes battles ahead of us, one thing is for sure: Elizabeth Warren will never stop fighting for what’s right on behalf of working families everywhere.
A high-stakes fight for re-election
As a young mom and law professor in Texas, Elizabeth got some mail from EMILY’s List. She’s said that she remembers thinking, “That’s a good idea!” And so with a $25 check she became a member of the EMILY’s List community — her very first political activity that went beyond voting. Years later, as a Harvard Law School professor, she had risen to national prominence and had written influential books on personal finance, including two with her daughter. As she considered launching a campaign for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent and Tea Party hero Scott Brown, EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock, knowing that women and families in Massachusetts and across the country needed Elizabeth’s leadership, helped her decide to run over iced tea at Elizabeth’s kitchen table. Once Elizabeth became a candidate, the EMILY’s List community gave her our full support, helping power her successful campaign to become the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. After Republicans unexpectedly made big gains in 2016, we cannot take Elizabeth’s seat — previously held by the GOP — for granted. Let’s all chip in and show Elizabeth the full strength of the EMILY’s List community — now over five million member strong — as she continues her lifelong fight for women and families in Massachusetts and across the country.