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Chuck Schumer
Chuck Schumer.jpg
U.S. Senate, New York
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 16
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 9th District
U.S. House of Representatives from New York
10th District (1983-1993) 16th District (1981-1983)
New York State Assembly from the 45th District
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Harvard University
Date of birthNovember 23, 1950
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
Office website
Campaign website
Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer (b. November 23, 1950) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate from New York. He was first elected to the Senate in 1998.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Schumer is a "far-left Democratic leader".[1]


Schumer was born in Brooklyn and attended Harvard College, where he became interested in politics and campaigned for Eugene McCarthy in 1968. After completing his undergraduate degree, he continued to Harvard Law School, earning his Juris Doctor with honors in 1974.


Schumer passed the New York State Bar Exam in early 1975 but immediately entered politics.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Schumer serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Committee on Rules and Administration, Chairman
  • Senate Judiciary Committee
    • Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, Chair
    • Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
    • Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
  • Senate Finance Committee
    • Subcommittee on Healthcare
    • Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
    • Subcommittee on Taxation, IRS Oversight, and Long-Term Growth
  • Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection
    • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment


Senate Judiciary Committee

Senator Schumer was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into the Senate in 1999. The Senator has participated in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Chief Justice John Roberts in 2005 along with Associate Justices Samuel Alito in 2006 and Sonia Sotomayor in 2009.[4]

Senator Schumer serves as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security. In addition, the Senator serves on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, Crime and Drugs, and Terrorism and Homeland Security.[5]

Political positions

Specific Votes

Senator Schumer voted in favor of TARP.[6] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[7]

Schumer also supported the stimulus bill.[8] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [9]

In addition, Schumer voted for the health care reform bill.[10] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial. [11]

Finally, Schumer voted against an amendment that would have defunded the Obama Administration's lawsuit against Arizona over its new immigration law.[12] As of July 8, 2010, 56% of U.S. voters were opposed to the Obama Administration's challenge to the Arizona immigration law.[13]



On November 2, 2010, Schumer was re-elected to the United States Senate for a third term. He defeated Jay Townsend (R/Conservative), Colia Clark (Green), and Randy A. Credico (Anti-Prohibition, Libertarian).[14]

United States Senate, New York General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChuck Schumer Incumbent 64% 3,047,880
     Republican Jay Townsend 31.1% 1,480,423
     Green Colia Clark 3.5% 168,384
     Anti-Prohibition, Libertarian Randy A. Credico 0.9% 42,341
     Blank/Scattering 0.5% 24,871
Total Votes 4,763,899

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Schumer's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Schumer was re-elected to the U.S. Senate for a third term in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $19,519,748 and spent $19,356,984.[15]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Schumer paid his congressional staff a total of $3,406,655 in 2011. He ranks 4th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 5th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, New York ranks 4th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Schumer's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $472,019 and $1,230,000. That averages to $851,009.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[17]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Chuck Schumer voted with the Democratic Party 96.3% of the time, which ranked 7th among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[18]

Recent news

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Schumer and his wife, Iris Weinshall, were married September 21, 1980. The Schumers have two children, Jessica and Alison, and they live in Brooklyn.[19]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Charles Schumer," Accessed March 3, 2012
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SCHUMER, Charles Ellis (Chuck), (1950 - )"
  3. Senator Charles E. Schumer, United States Senator for New York "Committee Assignments"
  4. "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of past members
  5. "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of Subcommittees
  6. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00212
  7. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  8. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00061
  9. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  10. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00396
  11. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  12. http://senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00214
  13. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/56_oppose_justice_department_challenge_of_arizona_law_61_favor_similar_law_in_their_state Rasmussen Reports]
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  15. Open Secrets "Charles E. Schumer 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 1, 2011
  16. LegiStorm "Chuck Schumer"
  17. OpenSecrets.org, "Schumer, (D-New York), 2010"
  18. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  19. Chuck Schumer for U.S. Senate - About "About Chuck - Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Alfonse D'Amato
U.S. Senate - New York
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Thomas J. Manton
U.S. House of Representatives - District 9
Succeeded by
Anthony D. Weiner
Preceded by
Mario Biaggi
U.S. House of Representatives - District 10
Succeeded by
Ed Towns
Preceded by
Elizabeth Holtzman
U.S. House of Representatives - District 16
Succeeded by
Charles B. Rangel
Preceded by
Stephen J. Solarz
New York State Assembly - District 45
1975 – 1980
Succeeded by
Daniel Feldman