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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) entered the Senate bearing the tremendous expectations of a progressive movement that has been cheering her as she moved from an academic warning of a crisis about to hit the middle class to a public servant building an institution designed to protect consumers.

And she’s met and exceeded them.

In addition to pushing legislation that helped drive the debate to the left on student loans, the minimum wage and expanding Social Security, she was a driving force in turning the tide toward better regulation of the nation’s biggest banks.

“Senator Warren used her new position on the Senate Banking Committee to raise the profile of financial reform,” Mike Konczal points out. “She completely restarted the conversation about criminal settlements and trials for Wall Street wrongdoing.”

And in her spare time, she delivered a little adult education to some cable TV hosts, as you’ll notice in the video above.

You can enjoy more some of Senator Warren’s greatest hits here, or watch this interview summing up her first year and describing her agenda below.

And if you enjoy awesome ladies, here’s Meryl Streep explaining how Hillary Clinton has made the world a better place for women.

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