An American politician aligned to the Democratic Party and currently serving as the 55th Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Israel Emanuel assumed office for the present position on 16th May 2011 and reelected on 7th April 2015, and is Chicago’s first Jewish mayor. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on 29th November 1959, and that makes his age as 56. The following is a brief bio of this politician.
His father was a pediatrician, and his elder brother describes Emanuel as a quiet and observant child. His childhood was spent in a close-knit politically active family, with regular trips to art museums and civil rights rallies. Emanuel and his siblings were expected to be competent enough to help for the preparation of dinner as well as the daily news. The 2nd among 4 children, Emanuel's elder brother Ezekiel is an oncologist and bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania, his younger brother is a Hollywood agent, and his younger sister is an adopted child after his father found out that she had suffered a brain hemorrhage Emanuel is a graduate of the Evanston School of Ballet, and also a student of The Joel Hall Dance Center.
Despite winning a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet, Emanuel decided to turn it down and instead joined a liberal arts school, Sarah Lawrence College due to its strong dance program. In 1981 Emanuel graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, and then joined the Northwestern University. Elected to the Sarah Lawrence Student Senate while an undergraduate, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts in 1981, and later went on to achieve his Master's Degree in Speech and Communication in 1985. As a civilian volunteer, Emanuel assisted in repairing truck brakes in one of Israel's Northern Base for the Israel Defense Forces during the 1991 Gulf War.
Prior to be elected as the Mayor of Chicago, Emanuel served as the White House Chief of Staff under President Barack Obama for 3 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Chicago’s 5th District. Prior to this, he was a key member of the Clinton administration (1993 to 1998), and later went on to serve as Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy to the President. He resigned from the Clinton administration to work in Wasserstein Perella, an investment banking firm for 2.5 years despite his lack of an MBA degree. In 2000, He was also named to the Board of Directors of Freddie Mac by the then President Clinton, where Emanuel served until his resignation in 2001 before his first bid for Congress. Emanuel is generally supportive on various social issues, like gun control and safety, LGBT rights including same-sex marriage, and also shows interest in ameliorating the conflicts in Middle Eastern nations.
His wife is Amy Merritt Rule, whom he married in 1994, and the couple have three kids. For regular updates on his political and personal updates, the reader may choose to check out his twitter account, which has over 120 thousand followers till date. He also has his official biography on various websites, and is active on facebook as well. His salary as the mayor is $216 thousand annually, and his net worth is estimated to be around $10 million, as of 2010 reports.