Chuck Schumer

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Chuck Schumer
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U.S. Senate, New York
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 16
PredecessorAlfonse M. D'Amato (R)
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
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
Net worth$635,008
Office website
Campaign website
Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer (b. November 23, 1950, in Brooklyn, New York) 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.


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]


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 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


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

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] 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.[6]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]


No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[9] 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.[10]


Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" 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.[11]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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.[12]

Previous congressional sessions

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 an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[13]

Other votes

Senator Schumer voted in favor of TARP.[14] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[15]

Schumer also supported the stimulus bill.[16] 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.[17]

In addition, Schumer voted for the health care reform bill.[18] 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.[19]

Finally, Schumer voted against an amendment that would have defunded the Obama Administration's lawsuit against Arizona over its new immigration law.[20] As of July 8, 2010, 56% of U.S. voters were opposed to the Obama Administration's challenge to the Arizona immigration law.[21]


On The Issues Vote Match

Chuck 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 personal issues and 32 percent on economic issues.[22]

Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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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.[23] 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).[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]

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."[27]



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).[28]

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.[31]

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

Alcohol lobby

Schumer has spent both time and money fighting against various alcohol products that he views as unsafe, including the caffeinated "Four Loko" drinks, the powdered "Palcohol" and the alcoholic slushies called "Phrosties." Nonetheless, according to Open Secrets, Schumer has "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."[32] Schumer's battles have not affected SABMiller or Anheuser-Busch InBev, the two companies that have contributed the most to his campaigns.[32]

Individual breakdown


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.[33]

Chuck Schumer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$9,733,674.58$130,288.34$(232,609.40)$9,631,353.52
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$9,631,353.52$278,149.87$(95,053.99)$9,814,449.40
Running totals


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.[36]

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 four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: 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, 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.[37] Between 2004 and 2012, Schumer's calculated net worth[38] 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.[39]

Chuck Schumer Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:22%
Average annual growth:3%[40]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[41]
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.


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.[42]

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.[43]

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 January 1999 to April 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.[44]

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 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.[45]

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. Schumer ranked 21st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.[46]


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.[47]

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.[48]

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.[49]

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.[50]

See also

External links


  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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  8. 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
  9. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  10., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  13. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" accessed January 4, 2013
  15. Gallup, "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  17. Rasmussen, "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  19. Rasmussen, "61% Favor Repeal of Healthcare Law," September 20, 2010
  21. Rasmussen Reports
  22. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ontheissues
  23. ABC News, "Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?" accessed May 7, 2013
  24. Washington Post, "Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating" accessed May 7, 2013
  25. "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of past members
  26. "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of Subcommittees
  27. Washington Post, "Chuck Schumer endorses Hillary Clinton for president: ‘If you run, you’ll win’," accessed November 4, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Chuck Schumer" March 2013
  32. 32.0 32.1 Open Secrets, "Backed by Alcohol Lobby, Schumer Not So Loko," accessed June 17, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Chuck Schumer Summary Report," accessed August 3, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Chuck Schumer April Quarterly," accessed August 3, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Chuck Schumer July Quarterly," accessed August 3, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Charles E. Schumer 2010 Election Data," accessed November 1, 2011
  37. OpenSecrets, "Schumer, (D-NY), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  38. 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.
  39. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  40. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  41. 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.
  42. GovTrack, "Chuck Schumer" accessed June 21, 2013
  43. [ OpenCongress, "Chuck Schumer," accessed August 8, 2013]
  44. GovTrack, "Chuck Schumer" accessed April 2013
  45. LegiStorm, "Chuck Schumer"
  46. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed March 6, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  49. Chuck Schumer for U.S. Senate - About, "About Chuck - Biography"
  50. "Politico," "Chuck Schumer tweets seeking roommate," December 13, 2014
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