Ted Cruz ’95 and Tim Kaine ’83 also win Senate seats
HLS Professor Elizabeth Warren—bankruptcy expert, Wall Street reformer and consumer watchdog—won a hard-fought race for the U.S. Senate. The Democratic nominee defeated her Republican opponent, incumbent Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown.
In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Warren served as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, overseeing Congress’s use of TARP money and monitoring bank bailouts. She was a strong critic of the banking industry and a plain-spoken advocate for heightened financial consumer protections. In 2010, she helped to set up the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect consumers against deceptive financial products. Warren began teaching at Harvard Law School in 1992 and became the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law in 1995.
In other Senate races, Ted Cruz ’95 (R-Texas), a Cuban-American, became the first Latino to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. In Virginia, Tim Kaine ’83 (D-Va.), former governor of Virginia, won the open seat for Senate.