Dec. 19, 2008
POSITION: CHIEF OF STAFF
BIRTH DATE: November 29, 1959
EDUCATION: Emanuel graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1981, and received a Master's Degree in Speech and Communication from Northwestern University in 1985.
FAMILY: Wife, Amy Rule; Three children: Zachariah Emanuel, Ilana Emanuel, Leah Emanuel
EXPERIENCE: Rep. Rahm Emanuel is currently the White House Chief-of-Staff designate. He has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 5th District since January 3, 2003. At the beginning of his second term, Emanuel received an assignment to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees taxes, trade, Social Security, and Medicare issues. Additionally, Emanuel was appointed by then House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve as Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2005 and later as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus in 2007.
Emanuel began his career with the consumer rights organization Illinois Public Action. He worked on Democrat Paul Simon's 1984 election to the U.S. Senate and in 1989 served as a senior advisor and chief fundraiser for Richard M. Daley. Emanuel served as a senior advisor to President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1998, after directing Clinton's campaign finance committee. In the White House, Emanuel was initially Assistant to the President for Political Affairs and then Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy.
After leaving the White House in 1998, Emanuel served as a managing director at Wasserstein Perella (now Dresdner Kleinwort), where he worked until 2002. During that time, in 2000, Emanuel was named to the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ("Freddie Mac") by then President Bill Clinton.
Taxpayer Funded Abortion: Emanuel supports taxpayer funded abortion and co-sponsored a bill that ensured access and taxpayer funding for abortion and abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. Prevention First Act. H.R.819; http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:HR00819:@@@P
Partial-Birth Abortion: Emanuel voted more than once against the ban on Partial-Birth Abortion, despite the bill having an exception to save the mother's life. Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, H.R. 760, June 4, 2003, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll242.xml; S3, Oct. 3, 2003, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll530.xml.
Parental Notification: Emanuel supports allowing teenagers to be transported across state lines to obtain an abortion without a parent's (or guardian's) knowledge. He voted against the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act on two occasions. The bill would have restricted the interstate transport of minors for the purpose of obtaining an abortion, if by doing so the minor would be evading a home-state parental notice or consent law. H R 748, April 27, 2005, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll144.xml; S 403, Sept. 26, 2006, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll479.xml.
Human Embryonic Stem-Cell Research: Emanuel voted twice to expand federal funding of human embryonic stem-cell research by amending the Public Health Service Act. Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, H.R. 3, Jan. 11, 2007, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll020.xml; Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, H.R. 810, May 24, 2005, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll204.xml
Human Cloning: Emanuel voted against a ban on cloning human beings and supported an amendment to allow human cloning for reproduction and medical research. H.R. 534 (H AMEND 5), Feb. 27, 2003, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll039.xml.
Unborn Victims: Emanuel voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (Laci and Conner's Law), which proposed to make it an added criminal offense for someone to injure or kill a child in the womb while carrying out a crime against a pregnant woman. H.R. 1997, Feb. 26, 2004, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2004/roll031.xml.
Emanuel received a 100% rating from the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/assets/files/final-2007-voting-record.pdf
Homosexual Marriage: Emanuel twice voted against a U.S. constitutional amendment defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. H.J. Res. 88, July 18, 2006, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll378.xml; H.J.Res.106, Sep 30, 2004, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2004/roll484.xml
Sexual Orientation Special Rights: Emanuel voted to add sexual orientation to U.S. civil rights law protecting against discrimination based on sex, race and religion. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would make it unlawful to discriminate against an individual on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, including actions based on the actual or perceived sexual orientation of a person with whom the individual associates or has associated. H.R. 3685, Nov. 13, 2007, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll1057.xml.
Same-sex Benefits: Emanuel co-sponsored the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2007, which would extend benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. H.R. 4838, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:HR04838:@@@P
Emanuel received a 100% vote rating from the pro-homosexual Human Rights Campaign. http://www.hrc.org/documents/Congress_Scorecard-110th.pdf
Marriage Tax Penalty: Emanuel voted against the bill that would have permanently removed the Marriage Tax Penalty from the federal income tax code. The bill would have amended the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the marriage penalty relief provided under the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001. H.R. 4181, April 28, 2004, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2004/roll138.xml.
Driver's Licenses: Emanuel voted against the Real ID Act, which set minimal security requirements for state driver's licenses and identification cards. H.R. 418, Feb. 19, 2005, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll031.xml.
Illegal Aliens: Emanuel voted against the Undocumented Immigrant Emergency Medical Assistance, which would have required hospitals to report (to the federal government) illegal aliens who receive emergency medical treatment. H.R. 3722, May 18, 2004, http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2004/roll182.xml.