Chuck Schumer

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Chuck Schumer
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U.S. Senate, New York
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 15
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
BirthdayNovember 23, 1950
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
ProfessionPolitician
Net worth$635,008
ReligionJudaism
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer (b. November 23, 1950) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate from New York. Collins was first elected to the Senate in 1998 and is currently serving his second term, having won 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

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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Schumer serves on the following Senate committees[3]:

  • 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 Chair
    • 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:[4]

  • 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

Issues

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.[5] 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).[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

Specific Votes

Senator Schumer voted in favor of TARP.[9] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[10]

Schumer also supported the stimulus bill.[11] 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. [12]

In addition, Schumer voted for the health care reform bill.[13] 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. [14]

Finally, Schumer voted against an amendment that would have defunded the Obama Administration's lawsuit against Arizona over its new immigration law.[15] As of July 8, 2010, 56% of U.S. voters were opposed to the Obama Administration's challenge to the Arizona immigration law.[16]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[17]

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).[18]

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

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.[21]

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

Individual breakdown

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Schumer’s reports.[22]

Chuck Schumer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2013$9,733,674.58$130,288.34$(232,609.40)$9,631,353.52
July Quarterly[24]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

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.[25]
U.S. Senate, New York, 2010 - Chuck Schumer Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $19,519,748
Total Spent $19,356,984
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $218,557
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $217,593
Top contributors to Chuck Schumer's campaign committee
Paul, Weiss et al$145,550
Paulson & Co$137,300
Weitz & Luxenberg$86,200
Schulte, Roth & Zabel$80,600
Fragomen, Del Rey et al$72,700
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$2,718,464
Lawyers/Law Firms$2,174,910
Real Estate$1,252,490
Lobbyists$571,713
Misc Finance$561,200

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Schumer is a "far-left Democrat" as of June 21, 2013.[26]

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress, tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.[27]

Schumer most often votes with:

Schumer least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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. [28]

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 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.[29]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

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.[30]

2010

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.[31]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

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.[32]

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.[33]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

Chuck Schumer voted with the Democratic Party 96.2% of the time, which ranked 14th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[34]

Recent news

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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.[35]

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bioguide "Chuck Schumer" Accessed June 24, 2013
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SCHUMER, Charles Ellis (Chuck), (1950 - )"
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  4. Senator Charles E. Schumer, United States Senator for New York "Committee Assignments"
  5. ABC News "Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?" Accessed May 7, 2013
  6. Washington Post "Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating" Accessed May 7, 2013
  7. "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of past members
  8. "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of Subcommittees
  9. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00212
  10. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  11. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00061
  12. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  13. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00396
  14. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  15. http://senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00214
  16. Rasmussen Reports
  17. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Chuck Schumer" March 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Chuck Schumer Summary Report," Accessed August 3, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "Chuck Schumer April Quarterly," Accessed August 3, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "Chuck Schumer July Quarterly," Accessed August 3, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Charles E. Schumer 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 1, 2011
  26. Gov Track "Chuck Schumer" Accessed June 21, 2013
  27. [http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/300087_Charles_Schumer OpenCongress, "Chuck Schumer," Accessed August 8, 2013]
  28. GovTrack, "Chuck Schumer" Accessed April 2013
  29. LegiStorm "Chuck Schumer"
  30. OpenSecrets.org "Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), 2011," accessed February 19, 2013
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Schumer, (D-New York), 2010"
  32. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 6, 2013
  33. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  34. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  35. Chuck Schumer for U.S. Senate - About "About Chuck - Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Alfonse D'Amato
U.S. Senate - New York
1999-Present
Succeeded by
'
Preceded by
Thomas J. Manton
U.S. House of Representatives - District 9
1993–1999
Succeeded by
Anthony D. Weiner
Preceded by
Mario Biaggi
U.S. House of Representatives - District 10
1983–1993
Succeeded by
Ed Towns
Preceded by
Elizabeth Holtzman
U.S. House of Representatives - District 16
1981–1983
Succeeded by
Charles B. Rangel
Preceded by
Stephen J. Solarz
New York State Assembly - District 45
1975 – 1980
Succeeded by
Daniel Feldman