GQ Magazine recently named HLS Professor Elizabeth Warren to its 2009 list of the “50 Most Powerful People in D.C.”  Placing her at number 30, GQ recognized her for her role as the Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

“Whenever you see movement toward disclosure of the Fed’s dealings with Wall Street or support for reining in credit card companies, Warren’s the force behind it,” notes the magazine.  In addition to chairing the Oversight Panel, Warren is also a member of the FDIC’s Commission on Economic Inclusion, and past public service posts include a role as principal investigator on National Science Foundation studies, a stint as Chief Adviser to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, and a seat on the Federal Judicial Education Committee of the Federal Judicial Center.

Warren is the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at HLS, a position she has held since 1995.  She joined HLS in 1992 as the Robert Braucher Visiting Professor of Law.

GQ polls journalists, congressmen, lobbyists, and other members of the Washington, D.C. elite to determine which D.C. political figures should be named to the biennial list.