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Quick facts by Rahm Emanuel



It seems: Benjamin Emanuel, pediatrician

Sea: Martha (Smulevitz) Emanuel, a psychiatric social worker

Weddings: Amy Rule (1994-present)

Children: Leah, Ilana and Zach

Education: Sarah Lawrence College, BA, Liberal Arts, 1981; Northwestern University, MA Speech and Communication, 1985

Religion: Jewish

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Emanuel’s father is Israeli and his mother American.

Emanuel worked at Arby during high school. Part of the finger had to be amputated after a cut from a meat cutter became seriously infected.

She took ballet in high school and received a scholarship to study dance at Joffrey Ballet School; attended Sarah Lawrence.

He retained dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship until the age of 18.

He is sometimes referred to as “Rahmbo” by media outlets like The Economist and Salon for his harsh and meaningless approach to politics and fundraising.


1980 – He works as a fundraiser in the David Robinson Congressional campaign in the 20th arrondissement of Illinois, Chicago.

1984 – He works in Paul Simon’s campaign for the United States Senate.

1988He serves as the national campaign director for the Democratic Congress Campaign Committee.

1989 Chief fundraiser and senior advisor to Richard M. Daley’s campaign for mayor of Chicago.

1991-1992 – He serves as director of national finance for the Bill Clinton/Al Gore presidential campaign.

1993-1998 – He serves as a senior adviser to President Clinton, including acting deputy director of communications, executive assistant, senior adviser on policy and strategy, and senior adviser on political affairs.

1999-2002General Manager of the investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in Chicago.

February 2000-May 2001Freddie Mac board member.

November 5, 2002 – He wins the election to the U.S. House of Representatives for the fifth district of Illinois; he was re-elected in 2004, 2006 and 2008.
November 5, 2008 – He is appointed chief of staff of the White House President-elect Barack Obama.

December 29, 2008He announces that he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives.

January 20, 2009 – October 1, 2010 – He serves as chief of staff to the White House.

October 1, 2010 He resigned as chief of staff to the White House and moved to Chicago.

November 13, 2010 – He formally announces that he is running for mayor of Chicago.

January 24, 2011An Illinois appeals court says Emanuel does not meet the residency rule to run for mayor.

January 25, 2011The Illinois Supreme Court granted a stay of the appellate court’s ruling and ordered that the printed ballots include Emanuel’s name while the case is pending.

January 27, 2011 – The Illinois Supreme Court issues a ruling allowing Emanuel’s name to be voted on by the Chicago mayoralty.

February 22, 2011 – With 55% of the vote, Emanuel is elected the 46th and first Jewish mayor of Chicago.

May 16, 2011 He is sworn in at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

February 5, 2013 – Jury reports, but eventually dismissed. He says he will give his $ 17 salary to Cook County.

May 21, 2019 – The day after leaving the mayor’s office, Emanuel signs an agreement with ABC News to become an on-air contributor, two people familiar with the matter told CNN. Atlantic also announces its new role in the magazine as a contributing editor.

June 5, 2019 – Emanuel announces he will join investment bank Centerview Partners, LLC. He will open a Chicago office and act as an advisor to the firm’s clients.

August 20, 2021 – President Joe Biden announces its intention to do so appoint Emanuel as ambassador to Japan.