Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is seriously pursuing a Democratic bid for the presidency in 2020. In December, she became the first to officially announce her intentions, and since then, she's been working overtime to gain the support of the American voters.
Warren's husband, Bruce H. Mann, is solidly by her side and has been so long before she first entered the political arena in 1995. He's regularly seen with her for campaign events and, of course, big moments like her Senate swearing-in.
Considering the fact that Warren has officially entered the tight 2020 presidential race (and is among the front runners), here's what you ought to know about her husband, besides the fact that he could possible be the first First Gentleman in American history.
He's a Harvard Law School professor.
A career academic, Mann has always been an Ivy League scholar; he earned his bachelor's degree at Brown University and then received his M.Phil, J.D., and Ph.D from Yale University. These days, he's teaching a course in American legal history, property, and trusts and estates law at Harvard, but Mann has also previously taught students at numerous other esteemed institutions such as the University of Texas, University of Michigan, and Princeton University. Additionally, Mann has won awards for his well-received book Republic of Debtors: Bankruptcy in the Age of American Independence which covers debt in America in the 18th century.
Warren is also a Harvard Law School professor, but she doesn't do much teaching these days—her work as a senator as well as her current presidential bid are taking up most of her time as of late.
He first met Warren through work.
Mann and Warren met at a law conference in Florida, and for Mann, the attraction was instantaneous. "I saw this woman talking to someone, and I was just captivated," Mann told The Boston Globe. "I just walked right over. She barely noticed me. It took a couple of days."
He never expected to be in the public eye.
When asked if this trajectory was something he expected, Mann said, "Oh, God no. Never. We have each had academic careers for roughly 35 years. This is not something we ever aimed for, ever thought about, ever expected."
But he loves "tagging along."
The events weren't advertised to the press, but Mann even hosted a number of events in support of Warren while she was campaigning for the Senate position. "I’m usually introduced as Elizabeth’s husband, which has been fine with me," he said.
He's since continued to be there for his wife and was spotted recently with Warren in New Hampshire this January (along with their dog!).
He's on the same page as his wife politically.
Warren's platform seeks to implement reform on the economy, on taxes, and on the environment. Many of her policies, often considered radical by both conservatives and liberals alike, call for total re-evaluation and even overhaul of different institutional systems. Mann feels that his wife is on to something: "The issues are important, what’s at stake is important, and Elizabeth has a real contribution to make," Mann said to Mass Live. "These are the issues she has worked on, thought about deeply for decades."
He's a thoughtful husband.
Even when their lives were on totally different tracks, Mann made a serious effort to be with his wife every step of the way (no, seriously—he even quit his job in Connecticut to be closer to her and her family in Cambridge), and the senator is more than thankful for his thoughtfulness. "I can’t imagine anybody putting up with me over long periods,” Warren reflected in an interview with The Boston Globe. “Bruce not only puts up with me, God bless him, he seems to enjoy me.”
Warren talks about Mann a whole bunch on her Instagram, calling him "sweetie" a lot (aw!). And the feeling is obviously mutual. In a show of his devotion, Mann gave his wife the perfect anniversary present in 2017: A reorganized hall closet, which she absolutely adored.
Warren proposed to him.
Never the conventional type, Warren was the one to pop the big question. "Back when I proposed to Bruce, I knew he was pretty special," she shared in the aforementioned Instagram post. "But through decades of ups and downs—kids, dogs, moves, living in separate cities, deaths in the family, and on and on—he’s turned out to be even more special than I originally thought." *weeps*
He's a homebody.
According to Warren, every New Year's Eve she and Mann sit and watch Casablanca together (adorable). "Every time we watch it on New Year's, it gives me hope," she explained.
He's close with her kids.
Though the love of her life, Mann isn't Warren's first husband; the senator met him six months after her divorce from her late husband Jim Warren. However, Mann was perfect fit for Warren's little family, bonding instantly with her children Amelia Warren Tyagi and Alexander Warren. According to the Boston Globe, "[Mann] flew back and forth almost every weekend, coaching soccer and attending parent-teacher conferences. They called him Dad."
Being a stepfather couldn't have been easy, but Mann took it all in stride. He credits it to the fact that he's Warren's second husband. To him, being "H2" is actually a blessing. “You will look great in comparison,” he joked.
He's her number one fan.
A truly supportive spouse, Mann is prone to raving about his wife to anyone who will listen. "When I talk to [people], they seem pleased to see someone who’s known Elizabeth a very long time, who knows her very well and can talk about her and give them a bit of a sense of what kind of person she is," he explained to Mass Live. So pure.
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