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Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel gives the thumbs-up sign as he arrives for inaugural ceremonies Monday, May 16, in Chicago.

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Born: Nov. 29, 1959, in Chicago

Parents: Benjamin Emanuel, an Israeli-born pediatrician, and Martha Smulevitz, a social worker

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Education: B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, M.A. from Northwestern University

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Siblings: Four, one is a cancer specialist and bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health and another is a Hollywood agent

Wife: Amy Rule, who holds two master's degrees

Children: a son and two daughters

Religion: Jewish

Work history: Worked at Arby's in high school. Began his political career with Illinois Public Action, a consumer group. Served on several local and national campaigns in the '80s, excelling as a fundraiser. Joined Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in '91 and later was a senior adviser in the White House. Became managing director of a global investment bank. Elected to Congress in 2002. Was President Obama's chief of staff until last fall.

Odds and ends: Was a classically trained ballet dancer as a teen. Runs triathlons. Inspired elements of the Josh Lyman character on "The West Wing."