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The 2017 Pension Political Power 25: Elizabeth Warren

No. 22. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator

  • By Peter Vasiliev

Elizabeth Warren
22. Elizabeth Warren
U.S. Senator

Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is one of her party’s fiercest opponents of the Republican agenda on retirement, which ranges from privatizing Social Security to cutbacks in pension benefits. And with key pension issues coming down the pipeline, she’s the leader workers expect to fight in their corner, as she did last year when she came out against Goldman Sachs Group and Northern Trust Corp. for charging fees on the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund when it was facing insolvency. As a populist counterpoint to Donald Trump, she’s among the few capable of mobilizing crowds that could force the GOP to reconsider its policies. Warren, 67, who recently announced that she will run for reelection in 2018, sits on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and has been talking about the retirement crisis almost since she joined the Senate, in 2011. Her signature accomplishment, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, shows her understanding of the complex financial issues facing middle-class voters. One of the Democrats’ most prodigious fundraisers, Warren is widely considered a potential presidential candidate for 2020. — Michelle Celarier


The 2017 Pension Political Power 25

1. Andy Puzder
Secretary of Labor
2. Bruce Rauner
Governor of Illinois
3. Betsy DeVos
Secretary of Education
4. Laura & John Arnold
Founders,
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
5. Steven Mnuchin
Secretary of the Treasury
6. Wilbur Ross
Secretary of Commerce
7. Tani Cantil-Sakauye
California Chief Justice
8. Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
9. Anthony Scaramucci
Founder, SkyBridge Capital
10. Kevin de León
California State Senator and President Pro Tempore
11. Mike Enzi
Chairman, Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
12. Steve Sweeney
President,
New Jersey State Senate
13. Jerry Brown
Governor of California
14. Corey Lewandowski
Co-founder, Avenue Strategies
15. Paul Singer
President,
Elliott Management Corp.
16. Randel Johnson
Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
17. Joe Manchin
U.S. Senator
18. Kenneth Feinberg
Founder and managingpartner, Feinberg Rozen
19. Scott Walker
Governor of Wisconsin
20. Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO
21. Mike Rawlings
Mayor of Dallas
22. Elizabeth Warren
U.S. Senator
23. Kent Mason
Partner,
Davis & Harman
24. Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator
25. Randi Weingarten
President, American Federation of Teachers

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