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Elizabeth Ann Warren (Herring)

Current Location:: Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Donald Jones Herring and Polly L. Herring (Reed)
Wife of Bruce H. Mann
Ex-wife of James Robert Warren
Mother of Private and Private
Sister of Lt. Colonel Don R. Herring, USAF; Private and Private

Occupation: United States Senator; formerly a professor at Harvard Law School and the Special Advisor for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Managed by: Erin Ishimoticha
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About Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator

Elizabeth Ann Warren (née Herring, born June 22, 1949) is an American politician and academic serving as the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts since 2013. Warren was formerly a prominent scholar specializing in bankruptcy law.

Elizabeth Warren (née Herring; born June 22, 1949) is an American bankruptcy law expert, Harvard Law School professor, and the Democratic nominee in the 2012 United States Senate election in Massachusetts. Her work as a national policy advocate led to the conception and establishment of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She has written a number of academic and popular works, and is a frequent subject of media interviews regarding the American economy and personal finance.

Born in Oklahoma City, Warren attended The George Washington University and the University of Houston. She received a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Newark in 1976, and went on to teach law at several universities before joining Harvard in the early 1990s. In the wake of the U.S. financial crisis, Warren served as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to oversee the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) in 2008. She later served as Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Barack Obama. In the late 2000s she was recognized by publications such as the National Law Journal and the Time 100 as an increasingly influential public policy figure. She announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate in September 2011, challenging Republican incumbent Scott Brown, and won the Democratic Party nomination in June 2012.

Elizabeth has verified English, with smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Swiss-German, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and Swedish, ancestry.

Elizabeth has stated that she was told by her family, that one of her maternal great-great-great-grandmothers, Neoma Sarah Smith (popularly known as O.C. Sarah Smith), was of Cherokee Native American background. She has also stated that she has some degree of Delaware Native American ancestry. These statements, and their accuracy, were often the subject of media coverage during the 2012 Senate campaign in Massachusetts (where Elizabeth Warren was a candidate). Many of O.C. Sarah Smith’s ancestral lines have been traced to foreign-born (non-Native American) origins. To date, it appears that no genealogical evidence has been produced that Elizabeth Warren has Cherokee Native American ancestry. Her Reed family are of the Chowanoke Reed family and it is likely that is where she derives her 2 percent Native American dna results.

Elizabeth’s paternal grandfather was Grant Leslie Herring (the son of John Hayne Herring and Mary Annie Scharan). John was born in Cornwall, England, the son of John Herring and Ann Hayne. Mary was born in Switzerland.

Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother was Ethel Virginia Jones (the daughter of Summerfield Jones and Sarah Frances Kerr). Sarah was the daughter of Matthew H. Kerr and Sarah Ann Elizabeth Ellis.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather was Harry Gunn Reed (the son of Joseph H. Reed and Charity Louise Gorman). Joseph was the son of The Rev. Joseph H. Reed and Eliza Bell. Charity was the daughter of Ezekiel Tom Gorman and Matilda Elizabeth Matthews.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother was Bethania “Hannie” Elvina Crawford (the daughter of John Houston/Huston Crawford and Plina/Paulina/Paulliney Ann Bowen). John was the son of Preston H. Crawford and Edith Marsh/March. Plina was the daughter of George Washington Bowen and Bethania/Bethany Clark.

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Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator's Timeline

June 22, 1949
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States