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|Place of birth = Brooklyn, New York
 
|Place of birth = Brooklyn, New York
 
|Profession = Politician
 
|Profession = Politician
|Net worth = $635,008
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|Net worth = (2012) $635,008
 
|Religion = Judaism
 
|Religion = Judaism
 
|Office website = http://schumer.senate.gov/
 
|Office website = http://schumer.senate.gov/
 
|Campaign website = http://www.chuckschumer.com/
 
|Campaign website = http://www.chuckschumer.com/
 
|Personal website =
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''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.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer''' (b. November 23, 1950, in Brooklyn, [[New York|NY]]) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate]] from [[New York]]. Schumer was first elected to the Senate in 1998 and is currently serving his third term, having won re-election on November 2, 2010.  
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Schumer is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democratic leader]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=300087 ''Gov Track'' "Charles Schumer," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>
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Schumer is set to run for re-election in [[New York]] on November 8, 2016.
  
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Prior to being elected to the [[United States Senate|Senate]], Schumer was a member of [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from 1981 to 1999 and the [[New York State Assembly]] from 1975 to 1980.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S000148 ''Bioguide'', "Chuck Schumer," accessed June 24, 2013]</ref>
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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.
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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.<ref name="bioguide"/>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
Schumer passed the [[New York]] State Bar Exam in early 1975 but immediately entered politics.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=s000148 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "SCHUMER, Charles Ellis (Chuck), (1950 - )"]</ref>
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Schumer's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S000148 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "SCHUMER, Charles Ellis (Chuck), (1950 - )," accessed February 13, 2015]</ref>
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*1999-Present: U.S. Senator from New York
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*1981-1999: [[U.S. House of Representatives]]
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*1975-1980: [[New York State Assembly]]
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*1975: Admitted to the New York bar
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*1974: Graduated from Harvard Law School with a J.D.
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*1971: Graduated from Harvard University with an A.B.
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
===U.S. Senate===
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====2015-2016====
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Schumer serves on the following committees:<ref>[https://www.senate.gov/general/committee_assignments/assignments.htm ''United States Senate'', "Committee Assignments of the 114th Congress," accessed February 17, 2015]</ref>
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs|Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs#Housing, Transportation, and Community Development|Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs#Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection|Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs#Securities, Insurance, and Investment|Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Finance|Finance Committee]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Finance#Taxation and IRS Oversight|Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Finance#International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness|Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Finance#Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy|Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary|Judiciary Committee]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary#Crime and Terrorism|Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary#Immigration and The National Interest|Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest]], ''Ranking Member''
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**[[United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary#Privacy, Technology and the Law|Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration|Rules and Administration Committee]], ''Ranking Member''
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**[[United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary#Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action|Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action]]
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*[[United States Congress Joint Committee on the Library|Joint Committee on the Library]]
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*[[United States Congress Joint Committee on Printing|Joint Committee on Printing]]
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====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Schumer serves on the following Senate committees<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'' "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>:
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Schumer served on the following Senate committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'', "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration|Committee on Rules and Administration]] ''Chairman''
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration|Committee on Rules and Administration]] ''Chairman''
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs|Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs|Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee]]
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**Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
 
**Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
 
*[[United States Senate Judiciary Committee]]
 
*[[United States Senate Judiciary Committee]]
**Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security ''Chair''
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**Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security ''Chairman''
 
**Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
 
**Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
 
**Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
 
**Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Schumer served on the following committees:<ref>[http://schumer.senate.gov/About%20Chuck/committeeassignments.htm ''Senator Charles E. Schumer, United States Senator for New York'' "Committee Assignments"]</ref>
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Schumer served on the following committees:<ref>[http://schumer.senate.gov/About%20Chuck/committeeassignments.htm ''Senator Charles E. Schumer, United States Senator for New York'', "Committee Assignments," accessed November 1, 2011]</ref>
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration|Committee on Rules and Administration]], Chairman
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration|Committee on Rules and Administration]], Chairman
 
*[[United States Senate Judiciary Committee|Senate Judiciary Committee]]
 
*[[United States Senate Judiciary Committee|Senate Judiciary Committee]]
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**Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
 
**Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
  
==Issues==
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==Key votes==
===Gang of Eight===
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===113th Congress===
Schumer is a member of the group of senators deemed the "[[Gang of Eight]]." This term is used to reference eight of the most influential [[U.S. Senate|Senators]] on immigration reform and includes four senators from each party.<ref name="abc"> [http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/meet-gang-senators-immigration-reform-include-marco-rubio/story?id=18348317#.UYkjZ0oYkfg ''ABC News'' "Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?" Accessed May 7, 2013]</ref> The group calls for comprehensive and bipartisan immigration legislation that includes their "four basic pillars":
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*1. A “tough but fair path to citizenship . . . .contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country as required”;
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*2. Reform our legal immigration system with a greater eye toward our economic needs;
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*3. Workplace verification; and
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*4. Setting up a system for admitting future workers (although the term “guest worker” is not used).<ref name="post">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/01/28/gang-of-8-immigration-plan-reality-based-legislating/ ''Washington Post'' "Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating" Accessed May 7, 2013]</ref>
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===Senate Judiciary Committee===
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|Ref=<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/Resumes/current.pdf ''Congressional Record'', "Resume of Congressional Activity," accessed August 1, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref name="membership">[http://judiciary.senate.gov/about/PreviousCommitteeMembership.cfm "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of past members]</ref>
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===National security===
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====John Brennan CIA nomination====
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{{Yea vote}} Schumer voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43133?s=party#.UkRU1D_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart'', "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
  
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.<ref>[http://judiciary.senate.gov/about/subcommittees/ "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of Subcommittees]</ref>
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===Economy===
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====No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013====
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{{Yea vote}} Schumer voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42338?s=party ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
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====Government shutdown====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
  
===Political positions===
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{{Yea vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. Schumer voted with the [[Democratic Party]] for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov,'' "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
==== Specific Votes ====
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Senator Schumer voted in favor of TARP.<ref>http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00212</ref> According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.<ref>[http://www.gallup.com/poll/142967/Among-Recent-Bills-Financial-Reform-Lone-Plus-Congress.aspx ''Gallup'' "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010]</ref>
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Schumer also supported the stimulus bill.<ref>http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00061</ref> 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. <ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/economic_stimulus_package/august_2010/38_say_stimulus_plan_helped_economy_36_say_it_hurt ''Rasmussen'' "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010]</ref>
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===Immigration===
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====Mexico-U.S. border====
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{{Nay vote}} Schumer voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45516#.UkRPsD_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart'', "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
  
In addition, Schumer voted for the health care reform bill.<ref>http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00396</ref> 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. <ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/september_2010/61_favor_repeal_of_health_care_law ''Rasmussen'' "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010]</ref>
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===Social issues===
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====Violence Against Women (2013)====
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{{Yea vote}} Schumer voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42501#.UkRXCD_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart'', "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
  
Finally, Schumer voted against an amendment that would have defunded the Obama Administration's lawsuit against Arizona over its new immigration law.<ref>http://senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00214</ref> As of July 8, 2010, 56% of U.S. voters were opposed to the Obama Administration's challenge to the Arizona immigration law.<ref>[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'']</ref>
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Yea vote}}
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Schumer voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
===Fiscal Cliff===
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====Other votes====
{{Support vote}}
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Senator Schumer voted in favor of TARP.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00212 ''United States Senate'', "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 110th Congress - 2nd Session," accessed October 27, 2010]</ref> According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61 percent of Americans disapproved of TARP, while 37 percent approved.<ref>[http://www.gallup.com/poll/142967/Among-Recent-Bills-Financial-Reform-Lone-Plus-Congress.aspx ''Gallup'', "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010]</ref>
Schumer voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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==Elections==
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Schumer also supported the stimulus bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00061 ''United States Senate'', "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress - 1st Session," accessed October 27, 2010]</ref> Fifty-seven percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had either hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Thirty-eight percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/economic_stimulus_package/august_2010/38_say_stimulus_plan_helped_economy_36_say_it_hurt ''Rasmussen'', "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010]</ref>
===2010===
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On November 2, 2010, Schumer was re-elected to the [[United States Senate]] for a third term. He defeated Jay Townsend ([[Republican|R]]/Conservative), Colia Clark ([[Green Party|Green]]), and Randy A. Credico (Anti-Prohibition, Libertarian).<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>  
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In addition, Schumer voted for the health care reform bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00396 ''United States Senate'', "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress - 1st Session," accessed October 27, 2010]</ref> Fifty-seven percent of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46 percent who strongly favored repeal. Thirty-five percent of likely voters opposed repeal. Fifty-one percent of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36 percent believed it would be beneficial.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/september_2010/61_favor_repeal_of_health_care_law ''Rasmussen'', "61% Favor Repeal of Healthcare Law," September 20, 2010]</ref>
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Finally, Schumer voted against an amendment that would have defunded the Obama Administration's lawsuit against Arizona over its new immigration law.<ref>[http://senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00214 ''United States Senate'', "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress - 2nd Session," accessed October 27, 2010]</ref> As of July 8, 2010, 56 percent of U.S. voters were opposed to the Obama Administration's challenge to the Arizona immigration law.<ref>[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'', "56% Oppose Justice Department Challenge of Arizona Law; 61% Favor Similar Law In Their State," accessed October 27, 2010]</ref>
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|party3= Green
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==Issues==
|party4= Anti-Prohibition, Libertarian
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:S060_030.gif|right|290px|thumb|Charles Schumer's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2014.asp?quiz=Pres2016 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Schumer is a '''Moderate Liberal Populist'''. Schumer received a score of 58 percent on social issues and 32 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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|candidate3 = Colia Clark
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|Abortion= Favors
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|Hiring= Strongly Favors
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|God= Strongly Opposes
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|ObamaCare= Opposes
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|Social Security= Strongly Opposes
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|School Choice= Strongly Opposes
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|Animals= Opposes
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|Crime= Opposes
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|Guns= Strongly Opposes
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|Taxes= Opposes
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|Citizenship= Opposes
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|Free Trade= Strongly Opposes
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|United Nations= Strongly Opposes
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|Military= Strongly Opposes
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|Campaign Funds= Favors
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|Iran= Strongly Opposes
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|Energy= Opposes
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|Marijuana= Opposes
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|Stimulus= Opposes
 
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===Gang of Eight===
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Schumer is a member of the group of senators deemed the "[[Gang of Eight]]." This term is used to reference eight of the most influential [[U.S. Senate|Senators]] on immigration reform and includes four senators from each party.<ref name="abc"> [http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/meet-gang-senators-immigration-reform-include-marco-rubio/story?id=18348317#.UYkjZ0oYkfg ''ABC News'', "Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?," accessed May 7, 2013]</ref> The group calls for comprehensive and bipartisan immigration legislation that includes their "four basic pillars":
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*1. A “tough but fair path to citizenship . . . .contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country as required”;
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*2. Reform our legal immigration system with a greater eye toward our economic needs;
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*3. Workplace verification; and
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*4. Setting up a system for admitting future workers (although the term “guest worker” is not used).<ref name="post">[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/01/28/gang-of-8-immigration-plan-reality-based-legislating/ ''Washington Post'', "Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating," accessed May 7, 2013]</ref>
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|author=Jennifer Rubin of ''The Washington Post''|source=[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/01/28/gang-of-8-immigration-plan-reality-based-legislating/ Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating] }}
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===Endorsement of Hillary Clinton===
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Schumer urged [[Hillary Clinton]] to run for president in 2016 in a keynote speech he gave at a fundraiser in Iowa.  He said, ""Run, Hillary, Run.  If you run, you’ll win, and we’ll all win."
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"With a strong platform and with Hillary leading the charge, we will vanquish the Ted Cruz, Tea Party Republicans in 2016 and create a generation of Democrats who will make sure the middle class gets what it needs, our country advances and the torch held by that beautiful lady in New York’s harbor burns more brightly than ever."<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/11/02/chuck-schumer-endorses-hillary-clinton-for-president-if-you-run-youll-win/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd ''Washington Post'', "Chuck Schumer endorses Hillary Clinton for president: ‘If you run, you’ll win’," accessed November 4, 2013]</ref>
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==Elections==
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===2010===
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===Full history===
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/68/Charles-E-Schumer Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Schumer attends.
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
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===Individual breakdown===
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===Alcohol lobby===
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Schumer spent both time and money fighting against various alcohol products that he viewed as unsafe, including the caffeinated "Four Loko" drinks, the powdered "Palcohol" and the alcoholic slushies called "Phrosties." Nonetheless, according to ''Open Secrets'', Schumer "received more than $360,000 from PACs and individuals working in the beer, wine and liquor trades, making him the industry’s twelfth favorite member of Congress."<ref name=alc>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2014/06/backed-by-alcohol-lobby-schumer-not-so-loko/ ''Open Secrets'', "Backed by Alcohol Lobby, Schumer Not So Loko," accessed June 17, 2014]</ref> Schumer's battles did not affect SABMiller or Anheuser-Busch InBev, the two companies that contributed the most to his campaigns.<ref name=alc/>
  
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Schumer’s reports.<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?S8NY00082 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Chuck Schumer Summary Report," accessed August 3, 2013]</ref>
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|Report 1 = April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/386/13020210386/13020210386.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Chuck Schumer April Quarterly," accessed August 3, 2013]</ref>
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|Date 1 = April 15, 2013
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|Beginning Balance 1 = 9733674.58
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|Total Contributions 1 = 130288.34
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|Expenditures 1= 232609.40
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|Cash on Hand 1 = 9631353.52
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|Report 2 =July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/708/13020343708/13020343708.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Chuck Schumer July Quarterly," accessed August 3, 2013]</ref>
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|Date 2 =July 15, 2013
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|Beginning Balance 2 = 9631353.52
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|Total Contributions 2 =278149.87
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|Expenditures 2=95053.99
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|Cash on Hand 2 =9814449.40
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===2010===
 
===2010===
[[File:Chuck_Schumer_2010_Donor_Breakdown.png‎|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00001093&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Charles E. Schumer 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 1, 2011]</ref>
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Schumer was re-elected to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] for a third term in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $19,519,748 and spent $19,356,984.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00001093&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Charles E. Schumer 2010 Election Data," accessed November 1, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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It consists of two different metrics:
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*[[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)|Changes in Net Worth]]
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Schumer's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $369,017 and $1,035,000. That averages to '''$702,008.50''', which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Schumer ranked as the 73rd most wealthy senator in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00001093&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Schumer, (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Schumer's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.</ref> increased by an average of 3 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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===PGI: Donation Concentration Metric===
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the [[113th Congress]], Schumer is the chair of the [[United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration]]. Schumer received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Securities & Investment'' industry.
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From 1989-2014, '''34.87 percent of Schumer's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001093&cycle=Career ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Sen. Charles E. Schumer," accessed September 18, 2014]</ref>
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
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===Ideology and leadership===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Schumer was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democratic leader]]" as of July 2014.<ref>[https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/charles_schumer/300087 ''GovTrack'', "Chuck Schumer," accessed July 24, 2014]</ref> Schumer was rated as a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democrat]]" in June 2013.
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/300087_Charles_Schumer ''OpenCongress'', "Chuck Schumer," accessed July 24, 2014]</ref>
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Schumer least often votes with:
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*{{reddot}} [[Mike Lee (Utah)]]
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Schumer missed 55 of 4,560 roll call votes from Jan 1999 to Apr 2013, which is 1.2% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. <ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/charles_schumer/300087 ''GovTrack,'' "Chuck Schumer" Accessed April 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Schumer missed 55 of 4,995 roll call votes from January 1999 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.1 percent, which is better than the median of 2.0 percent among current  senators as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/charles_schumer/300087 ''GovTrack'', "Chuck Schumer," accessed July 13, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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 ranked 4th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranked 5th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[New York]] ranked 4th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/85/Sen_Chuck_Schumer.html LegiStorm "Chuck Schumer"]</ref>
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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 ranked fourth on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked fifth overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[New York]] ranked fourth in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/85/Sen_Chuck_Schumer.html ''LegiStorm'', "Chuck Schumer," accessed August 16, 2012]</ref>
 
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===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Schumer's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $320,017 to $950,000. That averages to $635,008, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth decreased by 25.38% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00001093&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013]</ref>
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====2010====
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00001093&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Schumer, (D-New York), 2010"]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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====2013====
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Schumer ranked first in the liberal rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 24, 2014]</ref>
  
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Schumer ranked 21st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013]</ref>
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Schumer ranked 21st in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 6, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Schumer ranked 15th in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Schumer ranked 15th in the liberal rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
===Percentage voting with party===
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===Voting with party===
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==Personal==
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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.<ref>[http://www.chuckschumer.com/about/ ''Chuck Schumer for U.S. Senate - About'', "About Chuck - Biography," accessed November 1, 2011]</ref>
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On January 13, 2014, Schumer tweeted: "Seeking roomate. 20 terms in the House & unmatched legislative record preferred. Lover of cold cereal a must." The tweet is a reference to the retirement of California congressman [[George Miller]] (D), who was Schumer's longtime housemate while in Washington.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/chuck-schumer-roommate-george-miller-102106.html?hp=l9 ''Politico'', "Chuck Schumer tweets seeking roommate," December 13, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==See also==
Schumer and his wife, Iris Weinshall, were married September 21, 1980. The Schumers have two children, Jessica and Alison, and they live in Brooklyn.<ref>[http://www.chuckschumer.com/about/ ''Chuck Schumer for U.S. Senate - About'' "About Chuck - Biography"]</ref>
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Chuck Schumer
Chuck Schumer.jpg
U.S. Senate, New York
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 16
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorAlfonse M. D'Amato (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$46,984,835
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 9th District
1993-1999
U.S. House of Representatives from New York
10th District (1983-1993) 16th District (1981-1983)
New York State Assembly from the 45th District
1975-1980
Education
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Harvard University
Personal
Date of birthNovember 23, 1950
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
ProfessionPolitician
Net worth(2012) $635,008
ReligionJudaism
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer (b. November 23, 1950, in Brooklyn, NY) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate from New York. Schumer was first elected to the Senate in 1998 and is currently serving his third term, having won re-election on November 2, 2010.

Schumer is set to run for re-election in New York on November 8, 2016.

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Schumer was a member of U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 1999 and the New York State Assembly from 1975 to 1980.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Schumer is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

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.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Schumer's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2015-2016

Schumer serves on the following committees:[3]

2013-2014

Schumer served on the following Senate committees:[4]

  • Committee on Rules and Administration Chairman
  • Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
    • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
  • United States Senate Judiciary Committee
    • Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security Chairman
    • Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
    • Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
    • Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights subcommittee
  • Senate Finance Committee
    • The Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
    • The Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
    • The Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight

2011-2012

Schumer served on the following committees:[5]

  • 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

Key votes

113th Congress

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The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Schumer's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png Schumer voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[8]

Economy

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png Schumer voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[9]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[10] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Schumer voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[11]

Immigration


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Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png Schumer voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[12]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Schumer voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[13]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Schumer voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[14]

Other votes

Senator Schumer voted in favor of TARP.[15] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61 percent of Americans disapproved of TARP, while 37 percent approved.[16]

Schumer also supported the stimulus bill.[17] Fifty-seven percent of U.S. voters believed that the stimulus had either hurt the economy (36 percent) or had no impact (21 percent). Thirty-eight percent believed the stimulus helped the economy.[18]

In addition, Schumer voted for the health care reform bill.[19] Fifty-seven percent of likely voters at least somewhat favored repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46 percent who strongly favored repeal. Thirty-five percent of likely voters opposed repeal. Fifty-one percent of likely voters believed the health care reform bill would be bad for the country, while 36 percent believed it would be beneficial.[20]

Finally, Schumer voted against an amendment that would have defunded the Obama Administration's lawsuit against Arizona over its new immigration law.[21] As of July 8, 2010, 56 percent of U.S. voters were opposed to the Obama Administration's challenge to the Arizona immigration law.[22]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Charles Schumer's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Schumer is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Schumer received a score of 58 percent on social issues and 32 percent on economic issues.[23]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[24]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[23] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Gang of Eight

Schumer is a member of the group of senators deemed the "Gang of Eight." This term is used to reference eight of the most influential Senators on immigration reform and includes four senators from each party.[25] The group calls for comprehensive and bipartisan immigration legislation that includes their "four basic pillars":

  • 1. A “tough but fair path to citizenship . . . .contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country as required”;
  • 2. Reform our legal immigration system with a greater eye toward our economic needs;
  • 3. Workplace verification; and
  • 4. Setting up a system for admitting future workers (although the term “guest worker” is not used).[26]

[27]

—Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post, Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating

Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

Schumer urged Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016 in a keynote speech he gave at a fundraiser in Iowa. He said, ""Run, Hillary, Run. If you run, you’ll win, and we’ll all win."

"With a strong platform and with Hillary leading the charge, we will vanquish the Ted Cruz, Tea Party Republicans in 2016 and create a generation of Democrats who will make sure the middle class gets what it needs, our country advances and the torch held by that beautiful lady in New York’s harbor burns more brightly than ever."[28]

Elections

2010

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).[29]

U.S. 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 N/A 0.5% 24,871
Total Votes 4,763,899

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Schumer attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Schumer is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Schumer raised a total of $46,984,835 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[32]

Chuck Schumer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (New York) Won $19,519,748
2004 U.S. Senate (New York) Won $27,465,087
Grand Total Raised $46,984,835


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Alcohol lobby

Schumer spent both time and money fighting against various alcohol products that he viewed as unsafe, including the caffeinated "Four Loko" drinks, the powdered "Palcohol" and the alcoholic slushies called "Phrosties." Nonetheless, according to Open Secrets, Schumer "received more than $360,000 from PACs and individuals working in the beer, wine and liquor trades, making him the industry’s twelfth favorite member of Congress."[33] Schumer's battles did not affect SABMiller or Anheuser-Busch InBev, the two companies that contributed the most to his campaigns.[33]


2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Schumer’s reports.[34]

Chuck Schumer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$9,733,674.58$130,288.34$(232,609.40)$9,631,353.52
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$9,631,353.52$278,149.87$(95,053.99)$9,814,449.40
Running totals
$408,438.21$(327,663.39)

2010

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.[37]


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Schumer's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $369,017 and $1,035,000. That averages to $702,008.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Schumer ranked as the 73rd most wealthy senator in 2012.[38] Between 2004 and 2012, Schumer's calculated net worth[39] increased by an average of 3 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[40]

Chuck Schumer Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$577,341
2012$702,008
Growth from 2004 to 2012:22%
Average annual growth:3%[41]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[42]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the 113th Congress, Schumer is the chair of the United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Schumer received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Securities & Investment industry.

From 1989-2014, 34.87 percent of Schumer's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[43]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Chuck Schumer Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $70,944,270
Total Spent $58,457,147
Chair of the United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$10,451,735
Lawyers/Law Firms$6,570,719
Real Estate$4,547,525
TV/Movies/Music$1,596,910
Insurance$1,569,500
% total in top industry14.73%
% total in top two industries23.99%
% total in top five industries34.87%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Schumer was a "far-left Democratic leader" as of July 2014.[44] Schumer was rated as a "far-left Democrat" in June 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[45]

Schumer most often votes with:

Schumer least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Schumer missed 55 of 4,995 roll call votes from January 1999 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.1 percent, which is better than the median of 2.0 percent among current senators as of July 2014.[46]

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 ranked fourth on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked fifth overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, New York ranked fourth in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[47]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Schumer ranked first in the liberal rankings in 2013.[48]

2012

Schumer ranked 21st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[49]

2011

Schumer ranked 15th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[50]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Schumer voted with the Democratic Party 96.9 percent of the time, which ranked 10th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2014.[51]

2013

Schumer voted with the Democratic Party 96.2 percent of the time, which ranked 14th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[52]

Personal

Schumer and his wife, Iris Weinshall, were married September 21, 1980. The Schumers have two children, Jessica and Alison, and they live in Brooklyn.[53]

On January 13, 2014, Schumer tweeted: "Seeking roomate. 20 terms in the House & unmatched legislative record preferred. Lover of cold cereal a must." The tweet is a reference to the retirement of California congressman George Miller (D), who was Schumer's longtime housemate while in Washington.[54]

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See also

External links


References

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  24. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
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  27. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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  39. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  40. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  41. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  42. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Alfonse D'Amato
U.S. Senate - New York
1999-Present
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Preceded by
Thomas J. Manton
U.S. House of Representatives - District 9
1993–1999
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Anthony D. Weiner
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Mario Biaggi
U.S. House of Representatives - District 10
1983–1993
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Ed Towns
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Elizabeth Holtzman
U.S. House of Representatives - District 16
1981–1983
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Charles B. Rangel
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New York State Assembly - District 45
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