Rahm Emanuel Fast Facts

Rahm Emanuel

Here's a look at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Birth date:
November 29, 1959

Birth place: Chicago, Illinois

    Birth name: Rahm Israel Emanuel

    Father: Benjamin Emanuel, a pediatrician

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

    Marriage: Amy Rule (1994-present)

    Children: Leah, 2000; Ilana, 1998; Zach, 1997

    Education: Sarah Lawrence College, B.A., Liberal Arts, 1981; Northwestern University, M.A. Speech and Communication, 1985

    Religion: Jewish

    Other Facts:
    Emanuel's father is Israeli, and his mother is American.

    Emanuel worked at Arby's during high school. Part of his finger had to be amputated after a cut from a meat slicer became severely infected.

    Took ballet in high school and received a scholarship to study dance at the Joffrey Ballet School, attended Sarah Lawrence instead.

    Maintained dual American-Israeli citizenship until the age of 18.

    Is sometimes called "Rahmbo" by news outlets such as the Economist and Salon for his tough, no-nonsense approach to politics and fundraising.

    1980 -
    Works as a fundraiser on David Robinson's congressional campaign for Illinois' 20th district, in Chicago.

    1984 - Works on Paul Simon's campaign for U.S. Senate.

    1988 - Serves as national campaign director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

    1989 - Chief fundraiser and senior adviser for Richard M. Daley's campaign for mayor of Chicago.

    1991-1992 - Serves as national finance director for the Clinton/Gore campaign.

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

    1999-2002 - Managing director of investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in Chicago.

    February 2000-May 2001 - Member of the Freddie Mac board of directors.

    November 5, 2002 - Wins election to the U.S. House of Representatives for Illinois' 5th District; is reelected in 2004, 2006, and 2008.

    November 5, 2008 - Is named White House chief of staff for President-elect Barack Obama.

    December 29, 2008 - Announces he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives.

    January 20, 2009-October 1, 2010 - Serves as White House chief of staff.

    October 1, 2010 - Resigns as White House chief of staff and moves back to Chicago.

    November 13, 2010 - Formally announces that he is running for mayor of Chicago.

    January 24, 2011 - An Illinois appellate court panel rules that Emanuel does not meet the residency standard to run for mayor.

    January 25, 2011 - The Illinois Supreme Court grants a stay on the appeals court ruling, and orders that any ballots printed include Emanuel's name while the case is pending.

    January 27, 2011 - The Illinois Supreme Court issues a ruling allowing Emanuel's name on the Chicago mayoral ballot.

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

    May 16, 2011 - Is sworn in at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

    February 5, 2013 - Reports for jury duty but is ultimately dismissed. He says he'll donate his $17 paycheck back to Cook County.

    April 7, 2015 - Is re-elected mayor of Chicago.