Rahm Emanuel


Rahm Emanuel has been mayor of Chicago since 2011, when he succeeded Richard M. Daley, the longest-running mayor in Chicago’s history. Emanuel won the mayoralty with 55 percent of the vote. He is the city’s 55th mayor. Prior to running for mayor, Emanuel served as chief of staff to President Obama. He was elected to Congress and served three terms from 2002 to 2008.

Emanuel graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1981 and then received his master’s in speech and communication from Northwestern University in 1985. Emanuel began working in politics in 1984, when he worked on Paul Simon’s 1984 U.S. Senate election. He also was a senior adviser to Richard M. Daley’s mayoral campaign in 1989. In 1992, Emanuel served as the director of finance for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign and served as senior advisor to the president starting in 1993. Emanuel briefly left politics in 1998 to work in finance, becoming the managing director for the investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. He also was on the board of directors for Freddie Mac. Emanuel retired from his stint in finance in 2001 to run for Congress.


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