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Biography 

Elizabeth Warren has been serving as a senior United States Senator from Massachusetts since 2013. She practiced bankruptcy law after graduating from Rutgers Law School and is a former vice president of the American Law Institute. She played a pivotal role in the creation of  the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and became its first Special Advisor. Warren is also an advisor to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission . She is currently a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference. She formally announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination of the 2020 election on February 8, 2019 during a rally in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  

 

 


On the Issues

AAI tracks the official and campaign-trail statements of each presidential candidate on 12 issues that are critical for our community. 

Click to see what Elizabeth Warren has said about each. 

DOMESTIC POLICY

Democracy Reforms

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Bigoted Speech

Hate Crime

NO BAN Act

Immigration

Surveillance

Criminal Justice Reform

FOREIGN POLICY

Iran Tensions

Israel Palestine

U.S. Role in the Arab World

Ongoing Conflicts


Democracy Reforms  

  • Our biggest problem in Washington is corruption. It is giant corporations that have taken our government and that are holding it by the throat. And we need to have the courage to fight back against that. And until we're ready to do that, it's just more of the same. (7/30/2019 Democratic Debate, transcript, NBC)

  • "Full voting rights are key to ensuring working people across our country have a say in the direction America goes. Every vote matters — and that’s why I have called for an end to the electoral college in favor of the national popular vote movement." (7/21/2019, The Washington Post)

  • "To make our democracy work for everyone, we need a constitutional amendment guaranteeing every United States citizen the right to vote and have that vote counted. We need to pass a Voting Rights Act with real teeth, work to overturn every racist voter suppression law, and end partisan gerrymandering. It’s time we get rid of the Electoral College and elect our presidents with a national popular vote. Election day should be a holiday and voter registration should be automatic. We must expand early voting and vote by mail so no one has to choose between a paycheck and exercising their right to vote. We need to fight back against efforts to deny the right to vote to people who have served their time in prison and are trying to take care of themselves and their loved one."(6/19/19, Medium

  • "We need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen. We need to put some federal muscle behind that and we need to repeal every one of the voter suppression laws that is out there right now.” (3/19/19, CNN Town Hall)

  • “...we can have national voting and that means get rid of the electoral college... I think everybody ought to have to come and ask for your vote, what do you think?” (3/19/19, CNN Town Hall)

  • "So let me be as clear as I can. When Democrats next have power, we should be bold and clear: we’re done with two sets of rules — one for the Republicans and one for the Democrats. And that means when Democrats have the White House again, if Mitch McConnell tries to do what he did to President Obama, and puts small-minded partisanship ahead of solving the massive problems facing this country, then we should get rid of the filibuster." (4/5/19 Remarks at the National Action Network Convention)

 


 

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 

  • "First, I will fight to pass the Equality Act to explicitly ban anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination. But we can’t wait on Congress. In my first 100 days as president, I’ll use every legal tool we have to make sure that LGBTQ+ people can live free from discrimination." (10/10/2019, Twitter)

  • "The Trump administration has sought to roll back protections for LGBTQ+ people around the world. In my administration, it will end. I'll protect LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and put the full muscle of the State Department behind protecting human rights for LGBTQ+ people globally." (10/10/2019, Twitter)

  • I think it’s dangerous to suppress speech. First, suppression can backfire. Instead of shutting up individuals with disgusting views it becomes a launching pad to national attention,” (11/27/19, The Intercept)  

  Securitization and Surveillance 

  • "Companies shifted their resources and strategies because of Facebook's inflated metrics, costing them money and contributing to job losses. We need to do a lot more to hold Facebook accountable." (10/12/2019, Twitter)

  • "This most recent reporting raises questions about the government surveillance of Americans exercising their constitutional rights to organize peacefully and protest a cruel and unjust policy that does not make America safer or improve our immigration system and asylum process. I am very concerned about the nature of this surveillance and the potentially dangerous mischaracterization of peaceful and lawful public dissent and political demonstration as a national security threat requiring government monitoring and intelligence gathering via social media. Due to the lack of sufficient transparency from DHS on this matter and ongoing questions about the nature of contracts with private intelligence companies like LookingGiass, we request that you conduct an investigation into this matter." (4/30/19, Letter to John Kelly from Senate office)

Hate Crime  

  • Senator Warren is not a cosponsor of the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act
  • "In our country, hate crimes are on the rise — and White supremacists pose a threat to the United States like any other terrorist group. Just two days ago, we mourned the 4th anniversary of the terrorism that took place at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina." (6/19/19, Medium

  • "Last year the Senate passed a bill that would make lynching a federal crime. Last year. In 2018. Do you know when the first bill to make lynching a federal crime was introduced? 1918. One hundred years ago. And it nearly became the law back then. It passed the House in 1922. But it got killed in the Senate — by a filibuster. And then it got killed again. And again. And again. More than 200 times. An entire century of obstruction because a small group of racists stopped the entire nation from doing what was right." (4/5/19 Remarks at the National Action Network Convention)

Criminal Justice Reform 

  • "The criminal justice system should work to ensure safety for all. My plan to reform our criminal justice system recognizes that LGBTQ+ individuals—particularly LGBTQ+ people of color—face unique risks and are disproportionately harmed, and takes steps to reform the status quo." (10/10/2019, Twitter)

  • "To safeguard communities from police brutality, we need to make policing a truly community endeavor — not in just a few cities, but everywhere. Police forces should reach out to support and defend the community — working with people in neighborhoods before problems arise. All police forces must be trained on de-escalation tactics to avoid the likelihood of violence, and we need to demilitarize our local police forces. We also need real criminal justice reform. That means ending racial disparities in our justice system. It means banning private prisons. It means comprehensive sentencing reform and rewriting our laws to decriminalize marijuana." (6/19/19, Medium

  • "Here’s what I’ll do: Ban private prisons and detention facilities. There should be no place in America for profiting off putting more people behind bars or in detention. That’s why I will shut down the use of federal private detention facilities by ending all contracts that the Bureau of Prisons, ICE, and the U.S. Marshals Service have with private detention providers. And I will extend these bans to states and localities by conditioning their receipt of federal public safety funding on their use of public facilities. Stop contractors from charging service fees for essential services.Companies shouldn’t be able to treat incarcerated individuals as captive profit centers. We should prohibit contractors from charging incarcerated and detained people for basic services they need, like phone calls, bank transfers, and healthcare. I’ll also keep contractors from imposing exploitative price markups on other services they provide, like commissary or package services. And I’ll prohibit companies from charging for re-entry, supervision, and probation services, too — because no one should have to pay for their own incarceration, whether it’s inside a facility or outside of one. Hold contractors accountable by expanding oversight, transparency and enforcement.... I’ll make sure companies are held accountable no matter who’s in the White House by allowing people to bring a lawsuit against abusive contractors who violate their rights.Washington hands billions over to corporations profiting off of inhumane detention and incarceration policies while ignoring the families that are destroyed in the process. We need to call that out for what it is: corruption.Incarcerating and detaining millions for profit doesn’t keep us safe. It’s time to do better." (6/21/19, Medium)

Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use 

  • We need to call out white supremacy for what it is: domestic terrorism. And it poses a threat to the United States of America. We live in a country now where the president is advancing environmental racism, economic racism, criminal justice racism, health care racism. The way we do better is to fight back and show something better.” (7/30/2019 Democratic Debate, transcript, NBC)

  • The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It's disgusting. It's shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.” (4/12/19, Twitter)   

  • “Let’s be clear about what this vile comment is: A racist and xenophobic attack on Democratic congresswomen. This *is* their country, regardless of whether or not Trump realizes it. They should be treated with respect. As president, I’ll make sure of it.” (7/14/19, Twitter) 

      

Immigration 

  • “So the problem is that, right now, the criminalization statute is what gives Donald Trump the ability to take children away from their parents. It's what gives him the ability to lock up people at our borders. We need to continue to have border security, and we can do that, but what we can't do is not live our values. I've been down to the border. I have seen the mothers. I have seen the cages of babies. We must be a country that every day lives our values. And that means we cannot…make it a crime” (7/30/2019 Democratic Debate, transcript, NBC)

  • “You know, I think that what we have to do, is we have to be an America that is clear about what we want to do with immigration. We need to expand legal immigration. We need to create a path for citizenship, not just for Dreamers but for grandmas and for people who have been working here in the farms and for students who have overstayed their visas... we need to fix the crisis at the border. And a big part of how we do that, is we do not play into Donald Trump's hands. He wants to stir up the crisis at the border because that's his overall message. It's -- if there's anything wrong in your life, blame them.” (7/30/2019 Democratic Debate, transcript, NBC)

  • “Laws matter. And it matters if we say our law is that we will lock people up who come here, seeking refuge, who come here, seeking asylum, that is not a crime. And as Americans, what we need to do is have a sane system that keeps us safe at the border, but does not criminalize the activity of a mother fleeing here for safety.” (7/30/2019 Democratic Debate, transcript, NBC)

  • Dreamers aren’t bargaining chips. They aren’t pawns in Donald Trump’s game. We made a promise. We said come out of the shadows & be fully woven into the fabric of America because that’s who you are. In America, we work hard & dream big & we must keep our promise to Dreamers. (6/5/18, Twitter) 

  • "I am concerned that ICE continues to overuse and misuse solitary confinement — where detainees are locked down for at least 22 hours a day — as a cruel and unnecessary solution for detainees who have mental or physical disabilities, are disabled, have been victims of sexual assault or torture, or otherwise may be especially vulnerable and in need of protection." (6/21/2019, Letter to Mark Morgan, acting ICE director).

  • I’ve got a message for the Trump administration: When you physically abuse immigrants, sexually abuse immigrants, or refuse to supply immigrants with the medical care that they need, you break the law of the United States of America. (7/14/16, Twitter)  

  • Trump has taken our immigration system to its most punitive extreme. In a Warren administration, we’ll right his wrongs. And we’ll start by holding those responsible for the abuses perpetrated against immigrants during the Trump Era accountable. (7/13/19, Twitter 

  • “So today I did another plan. And this one is about immigration and it starts with a basic premise, and that is: immigration makes America stronger. I know that Donald Trump gets out and for his own political purposes talks about this broken immigration system. But the truth is this immigration system was broken long before Donald Trump ever became our president. It’s been broken for a long time now. And we need big, structural reform on immigration... First one is we need to expand legal immigration in this country, help families stay together. The second part, we need a path to citizenship, not just for dreamers but for people who are here, and here to stay.  And when I say path, I mean a path that is fair and achievable. That’s what it means to have a real path to citizenship. Third part, I’m gonna stop this chaos and hatred at the border that Donald Trump has started. No great nation tears families apart. No great nation locks up little children.” (7/12/19, Twitter 

 

NO BAN Act 

  • "Today's hearing on Trump's bigoted and xenophobic Muslim Ban was an important first step. Now it's time for Congress to pass the No Ban Act." (9/24/2019, Twitter)

  • Elizabeth Warren is a co-sponsor of the NO BAN Act. 

FOREIGN POLICY 


Israel/Palestine 

  • On the November, 2019 Gaza flare up: "I welcome the Gaza ceasefire. Dozens were killed in Gaza, and hundreds of rockets fired at Israel. We must work to end rocket attacks on Israel, eliminate the Gaza blockade, and solve the humanitarian crisis so that all Israelis and Palestinians live in security and freedom." (11/14/19, Twitter)

  • “I believe in the worth and value of every Israeli and every Palestinian. And I believe that the way we respect all parties is through a two-state solution. This is the best outcome for U.S. interests, the best outcome for Israel’s security and future, and the best outcome for ensuring Palestinian rights, freedom and self-determination. A two-state solution ensures an end to Israeli occupation. It also will mean the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, living alongside Israel in peace and security. I believe that Israel is a strong and important ally. I am committed to Israel’s security and safety, and to cooperating closely on the threats the Israelis face from Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran. But let’s be clear: We can speak out against the far-right wing policies of the Netanyahu government, like annexation and settlements, while supporting Israel, just as we speak out against President Trump while supporting the United States. As President, I will take immediate steps to fix the damage caused by Donald Trump’s reckless policies. I will welcome the Palestinian general delegation back to Washington, and I will reopen an American mission to the Palestinians in Jerusalem. I will make clear that in a two-state agreement, both parties should be able to have their capitals in Jerusalem. I will also immediately resume aid to the Palestinians and financial support to UNRWA, and focus on fixing the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, and on bringing greater freedom and prosperity to the people in the West Bank. We must find ways to make tangible progress on the ground toward a two-state solution. Sometimes that might mean finding ways to apply pressure and create consequences for problematic behavior, as previous Democratic and Republican presidents have done. For example, if Israel’s government continues with steps to formally annex the West Bank, the U.S. should make clear that none of our aid should be used to support annexation. Achieving a just and lasting peace won’t be easy, but we must persist, and we must lay a foundation that enables Israelis and Palestinians to move beyond the broken status quo toward a brighter future. And I look forward to working with J Street as we build that future; a future where Israelis and Palestinians can live together in peace, freedom, security and prosperity.” (10/28/2019, J Street Video)
  • I think that Israel is a really tough neighborhood. I understand that. They face enormous challenges, and they are our strong ally, we need a liberal democracy in that region and to work with that liberal democracy. But it is also the case that we need to encourage our ally, the way we would any good friend, to come to the table with the Palestinians and to work toward a permanent solution. I strongly support a two-state solution and I believe that a good friend says to the Palestinians and to the Israelis: “come to the table and negotiate”. The United States cannot dictate the terms of a long-term settlement with the Palestinians and the Israelis. But what it can do is urge both of them to go there and to stay out of the way, to let them negotiate the pieces that are most important to them for a lasting peace. 

    The current situation is not tenable, it maybe be tenable for a week, it may be tenable for a month, but it is not in the long-term interests of either the Israelis or the Palestinians to continue on the path they’re on. They need to come to a two-state solution.” (6/20/2019, New York Times) 

  • I think that Israel is a really tough neighborhood. I understand that. They face enormous challenges, and they are our strong ally, we need a liberal democracy in that region and to work with that liberal democracy. But it is also the case that we need to encourage our ally, the way we would any good friend, to come to the table with the Palestinians and to work toward a permanent solution. I strongly support a two-state solution and I believe that a good friend says to the Palestinians and to the Israelis: “come to the table and negotiate”. The United States cannot dictate the terms of a long-term settlement with the Palestinians and the Israelis. But what it can do is urge both of them to go there and to stay out of the way, to let them negotiate the pieces that are most important to them for a lasting peace. 

    The current situation is not tenable, it maybe be tenable for a week, it may be tenable for a month, but it is not in the long-term interests of either the Israelis or the Palestinians to continue on the path they’re on. They need to come to a two-state solution.” (6/20/2019, New York Times) 

  • If Not Now activist: “We’d really love it if you would push the Israeli government to end the occupation.”    

    Warren: “Yes, yes.”  (7/8/19, Twitter)  


Iran Tensions   

  • "I hope Iran chooses a different path. But let's be clear: Trump provoked this crisis. He has no strategy to contain it, he's burned through our friends and allies, and now he's doubling down on military force. We can't afford another forever war." (6/18/19, Twitter)

 

U.S. Presence in the Arab World 

  • "When you withdraw, you've got to withdraw as part of a plan.You've got to know what you're trying to accomplish throughout the Middle East and the pieces need to be coordinated. And they need to be coordinated not jus in our activities, but this is why we need allies. This is why we build alliances." (1/2/19, Rachel Maddow Show)

  • "It’s past time to cut our bloated defense budget. Defense contractor influence is a big part of how we ended up with a Pentagon budget that will cost more this year than Ronald Reagan spent at the height of the Cold War. That’s more than the federal government spends on education, medical research, border security, housing, the FBI, disaster relief, the State Department, foreign aid — everything else in the discretionary budget put together. What’s worse, it’s how we end up spending money on the wrong things — too much investment in the technologies of the past, and not enough focus on the needs of the future. It’s wrong. It’s wasteful. It’s unsustainable. And it’s bad for our national security. If more money for the Pentagon could solve our security challenges, we would have solved them by now. It is time to identify which programs actually benefit American security in the 21st century, and which programs merely line the pockets of defense contractors — then pull out a sharp knife and make some cuts. And while the defense industry will inevitably have a seat at the table, they shouldn’t get to own the table itself. We have to call this what it is: corruption, plain and simple." (5/16/19, Medium)

 

Ongoing Conflicts  

  • "Trump recklessly betrayed our Kurdish partners and cleared the way for Turkey’s invasion of Syria—reopening the door for ISIS and furthering a humanitarian crisis. We should bring our troops home, but we need to do so in a way that protects our security." (10/9/2019, Twitter)

  • "I think it is right to get out troops out of Syria, and let me add, I think it's right to get our troops out of Afghanistan. I think that everybody that keeps saying no no no no we can't do that, the defense establishment, needs to explain what went wrong and what winning in those wars might look like, what those metrics are." (1/2/19, Rachel Maddow Show)