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Rahm Emanuel
Rahm Emanuel, official photo portrait color.jpg
55th Mayor of Chicago
Assumed office
May 16, 2011
Preceded by Richard Daley
23rd White House Chief of Staff
In office
January 20, 2009 – October 1, 2010
President Barack Obama
Deputy Mona Sutphen
Jim Messina
Preceded by Joshua Bolten
Succeeded by Pete Rouse (Acting)
Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Jim Clyburn
Succeeded by John Larson
Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Bob Matsui
Succeeded by Chris Van Hollen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 5th district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Rod Blagojevich
Succeeded by Mike Quigley
Senior Advisor to the President
for Policy and Strategy
In office
President Bill Clinton
Personal details
Born November 29, 1959 (1959-11-29) (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Amy Rule
Children 1 son
2 daughters
Alma mater Sarah Lawrence College
Northwestern University

Rahm Israel Emanuel[1] (how to say: /ˈrɑːm/; born November 29, 1959) is an American politician and the 55th and current Mayor of Chicago.[2][3]

Early life

Emanuel was born on November 29, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois to a Jewish family. He studied at Sarah Lawrence College and at Northwestern University.


Emanuel first began as a representative from Illinois. His term lasted for six years. was White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama. He was senior advisor for President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1998 and as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Illinois's 5th congressional district, from 2003 until his resignation in 2009 to become a member of the Obama Administration. He is the first Jewish mayor of Chicago.[3]

Emanuel was chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2006 mid-term elections and remained a top strategist for House Democrats during the 2008 cycle. After Democrats regained control of the House in 2006, Emanuel was elected chairman of the Democratic Caucus. This made him the fourth-ranking House Democrat, behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn.[4]

Two days after Obama's election victory, Emanuel was announced as Obama's designee for White House Chief of Staff.[5] He resigned from the House on January 2, 2009, and began his duties as Chief of Staff on January 20, 2009, the day of Obama's inauguration.[5]

Chicago mayoral elections

Emanuel resigned as Chief of Staff effective October 1, 2010, in order to run for Mayor of Chicago pending the announced retirement of six term incumbent Richard M. Daley.

On January 27, 2011, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a lower court's ruling[6] that had cast doubt on Emanuel's candidacy; the court unanimously decided that Emanuel did not abandon his Chicago residency by serving in the White House, thus affirming his ability to run for mayor.[7] He won the Mayoral election on February 22, 2011, with 55% of the vote.[8] President Obama appointed William M. Daley, the brother of Emanuel's predecessor as mayor, as Chief of Staff to replace Emanuel.

Personal life

While a high school student working part-time at an Arby's restaurant, Emanuel severely cut his right middle finger on a meat slicer, which was later infected from swimming in Lake Michigan. His finger was partially amputated due to the severity of the infection.[9]

Emanuel married Amy Merritt Rule in 1994. They have three children.


  1. Hendrix, Steve (2006-10-22). "Fighting for The Spoils". The Washington Post: p. D1. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  2. "Feb. 22, 2011 City of Chicago Municipal General Election". Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bohn, Kevin (February 22, 2011). "Rahm Emanuel wins Chicago mayoral vote". CNN. Retrieved February 23, 2011.
  4. Baker, Peter and Zeleny, Jeff (2008-11-06). "For Obama, No Time to Bask in Victory As He Starts to Build a Transition Team". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  5. 5.0 5.1 O'Connor, Patrick and Mike Allen (2008-11-06). "Exclusive: Emanuel accepts White House job". Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  7. Sophia Tareen,Tammy Webber (2011-01-27). "Ill. high court: Emanuel can run for Chicago mayor". MSNBC. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
  8. ABC News: Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel Likely to Announce White House Departure This Week
  9. Stephey, M.J.; Kate Pickert (November 6, 2008). "2-min. Bio; Rahm Emanuel". TIME.,8599,1856965,00.html. Retrieved November 20, 2008.

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