Who is Elizabeth Warren?

Elizabeth Warren launched her presidential campaign last February 2019. Warren is one of the first Democrats to announce her bid for the presidency. Prior to her bid for the presidency, Warren has been a senator for 6 years. She has been vocal about her opposition to the inadequacies of the Trump administration. Her advocacies, too, are close to the heart of most Democrats. Warren is a promising competitor for the 2020 presidential bid as she has an impressive track record as lawyer and senator who takes actions towards her advocacies.

Warren was born in 1949 to a working-class family who struggled to make ends meet. She worked her way towards becoming a lawyer, Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the CFPB, before eventually winning a seat in the senate representing Massachusetts in 2012 and 2018. Being an expert on bankruptcy law and finance, she is a staunch consumer advocate and economic reform. Warren has proposed various taxation laws that aim to protect the working class and lower class from unfair taxation. She proposed the controversial law seeking to impose a 2% tax on wealth exceeding $50 million and 3% tax on wealth exceeding $1 billion, as well as 7% tax on company profits over $100 million. Complementing these is another law she proposed that expands criminal liability to executives of large companies that cause harm to American families. 

Warren, however, is not focused only on the financial sector. She has also authored and sponsored bills concerning other social issues, such as healthcare, reproductive rights, education, and climate change. She has co-sponsored Sander’s Medicare For All Act in 2017 and Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act, as well as proposed the CARE Act which is targeted at the Opioid Crisis. Furthermore, she released a platform that will protect reproductive rights just days after Alabama banned abortion. Her advocacies also extend to the education sector as she proposed a plan to eliminate student debt as well as include universal free public college. She also proposed an investment worth $50 billion in historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). This will enable HBCUs to have access to public funds for programs to improve the quality of education for students. In addition to this, Warren has also expressed dissent on President Trump’s immigration laws. 

Perhaps what really endeared Warren among Democrats is her work never loses sight of the bigger picture. The laws and bills she has proposed or backed are often related to one another. The change she is instigating is not small-scale. Warren is involved in all aspects of society. Aside from her knowledge of the law, her stand on issues and the laws she proposes are informed by her own experiences. This is most likely why even though she received backlash for claiming she has Native American heritage, she is still one of the front-runners for the presidential elections in 2020. Will you vote for her?