Amy Rule Emanuel is the wife of Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s White House Chief of Staff. Read her biography and view a video below.
Few photos are available of Amy so the photo above is of Amy’s husband, the very recognizable power broker for the Obama administration Rahm Emanuel. Amy Rule Emanuel is familiar with the life of a politician’s wife. Her husband, Rahm, has had a long career in government, serving as a staffer for Senator Paul Simon, and a fundraiser for Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley.
At the time Rule and Emanuel began dating, Rahm was working in the Clinton White House as a senior adviser, where he arranged the meeting of Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli Prime Minister and Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader. By the time of their wedding four years later, Rahm was a leading Clinton strategist working with Hillary Clinton on her failed universal healthcare plan. Rahm was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois’ 5th Congressional District, serving from 2003 – January 2009. You can view a picture of Amy Rule Emanuel with her husband and two of her children here.
For Amy Rule Emanuel’s biography, there is little personal information available about her. Almost everything known about Amy Rule Emanuel revolves around being Rahm Emanuel’s spouse.
At this time, this is what we know. Amy Rule gained a MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
She met Rahm Emanuel on a blind date in 1990. They married in 1994. Rahm Emanuel is Jewish and Amy Rule converted to Orthodox Judaism. David Axelrod, chief strategist for the Obama campaign, witnessed and signed their marriage contract.
The couple have three children, son Zachariah and daughters Ilana and Leah. The family attends Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation. The Rabbi, Asher Lopatin is quoted saying that the Emanuels are a “very involved Jewish family.”
Amy is a stay-at-home Mom now, although at one time she worked with disadvantaged children at the Art Institute of Chicago. From time-to-time she has volunteered at the children’s school, the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.
Rahm Emanuel is said to be devoted to his wife and three children. When President Obama asked Emanuel to be his Chief of Staff, the story was that Rahm had to get Amy’s approval before accepting. The Chicago Tribune reports that during his primary in his run for the Illinois U.S. House of Representatives, his daughter Ilana, then 8 years old, hoped he would lose the election “so he would not travel so much.” The same report in this hometown newspaper says Rahm’s son, Zach, would not talk to his father when he called-in from the road. It was Zach’s personal protest to Emanuel’s habit of being on his cell phone, even when the two were tossing a football. Of course, Amy gave her approval, and now Rahm shuttles back and forth between Washington, D.C. and Chicago on weekends, and sleeps in a small apartment during the week.
The Emanuels have their own charity, The Rahm Emanuel and Amy Rule Charitable Trust, which was formed in 2002. The Emanuels are said to be the only donors to the trust. Records show that $25,000.00 was given to their children’s school during the years 2004-2007; $15,000.00 to a Bill Clinton foundation and $14,000 to Chicago’s Marwen.org which “educates and inspires under-served young people through the visual arts.”
The Emanuel’s live in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago’s North Side.
You can view this video with President Obama roasting Rahm Emanuel in 2008. At about 3:17 minutes into the video, the camera pans to Amy and Rahm Emanuel – and then you’ll see them several more times throughout the video. This is a fun video. There is one thing we know for certain: Amy Rule Emanuel is Rahm Emanuel’s wife.
Amy Rule Emanuel – Rahm Emanuel Video
Photographer credit: Carrie Devorah – wenn.com