Here's an in-depth look at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's life.
Personal: 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
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.
Met his wife on a blind date in 1990.
Is sometimes called "Rahmbo" for his tough, no-nonsense approach to politics and fundraising.
Timeline: 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 US House of Representatives for Illinois' 5th District; is reelected in 2004, 2006, and 2008.