Meet the Freshmen: Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
In this series of “Meet the Freshmen” blog posts, we will introduce the seven newly-elected members of the New England Congressional delegation. During the week of November 19, we’ll take a look at the newly-elected members of the Senate. During the week of November 26, we’ll introduce the newest members of the House. NEC members can read about all seven new members of our region’s delegation in a special edition Weekly Washington Report in the Members Only section of our website.
Elizabeth Warren won a hotly contested Senate race over incumbent Scott Brown (R-MA) with 53 percent of the vote. Formerly a professor of law at Harvard University, Elizabeth Warren advised President Obama on consumer issues and then was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to chair congressional oversight panel responsible for the Troubled Asset Relief Program in response to the 2008 financial crisis. She then oversaw the formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, and was discussed as a candidate to run that organization. Ms. Warren focuses on corporate accountability, consumer protection and the financial industry. She supports increased spending for infrastructure and education, and is an advocate for renewable-energy technology. Warren hopes to work on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and has also expressed interest in the Judiciary Committee. She will be the first female Senator from Massachusetts. See Warren’s Campaign Website.