Emanuel, Rahm Israel

Emanuel, Rahm Israel,

1959–, American politician, b. Chicago, grad. Sarah Lawrence College (B.A., 1981), Northwestern Univ. (M.A., 1985). A seasoned Democratic power broker and skilled dealmaker known for his tough, assertive style, Emanuel began his political career with an Illinois consumer rights group and later worked in a senatorial campaign. Finance director of Bill ClintonClinton, Bill
(William Jefferson Clinton), 1946–, 42d President of the United States (1993–2001), b. Hope, Ark. His father died before he was born, and he was originally named William Jefferson Blythe 4th, but after his mother remarried, he assumed the surname of his
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's 1992 presidential campaign, he subsequently served (1993–99) in the White House, becoming a senior adviser. In 2002 Emanuel won a seat in the House of Representatives; he served three terms and headed the House Democratic Caucus (2007–9). He resigned in 2009 to become President Barack ObamaObama, Barack
(Barack Hussein Obama 2d), , 1961–, 44th president of the United States (2009–17), b. Honolulu, grad. Columbia (B.A. 1983), Harvard Law School (J.D. 1991).
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's chief-of-staff. In 2010 he left the White House to run for mayor of Chicago, winning the office in 2011; he won a second term in 2015.


See his The Plan: Big Ideas for America (with B. Reed, 2006); N. Bendavid, The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution (2007).

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