10 Things You Didn't Know About Elizabeth Warren

The Obama adviser will set up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


1. Elizabeth Warren was born Elizabeth Herring in Oklahoma City on June 22, 1949, the last of four children and the only daughter of Donald and Pauline Herring. Her father worked at various jobs, including as a maintenance man at an apartment building.

2. Warren graduated high school at age 16, a state debate champion with a full scholarship to George Washington University. She later transferred to the University of Houston.

3. At 19, she married NASA mathematician Jim Warren. They have a daughter and a son.

4. After earning a B.S. in speech pathology and audiology in 1970, Warren worked in public schools, helping children with disabilities.

5. The day her first child turned 2, Warren started at Rutgers University law school. She earned a J.D. in 1976.

6. Warren practiced law and then went on to teach at the University of Texas, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard law schools.

7. Divorced in 1978, she married law professor Bruce Mann in 1980.

8. In the mid-1990s, Warren was the chief adviser to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, testifying against efforts to limit consumers' ability to file for bankruptcy.

9. Warren has written many scholarly articles and several books, including two coauthored with daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi, The Two-Income Trap and All Your Worth.

10. In 2008, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appointed her chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel monitoring the $700 billion bank bailout effort, formally known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program.