Charles Ellis Schumer is an American politician serving as the Senate minority leader since 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Schumer is the senior United States senator from New York. He is also the presumptive Senate majority leader for the 117th United States Congress after two Senate seats in Georgia flipped to Democrats. Schumer is a second cousin, once removed, of actress Amy Schumer.
About Chuck Schumer in brief
Charles Ellis Schumer is an American politician serving as the Senate minority leader since 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Schumer is the senior United States senator from New York, a seat to which he was first elected in 1998. He is also the presumptive Senate majority leader for the 117th United States Congress after two Senate seats in Georgia flipped to Democrats. A native of Brooklyn and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Schumer was a three-term member of New York State Assembly from 1975 to 1980. Schumer served in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1999, first representing New York’s 16th congressional district before being redistricted to the 10th congressionalDistrict in 1983 and 9th congressional District ten years later. He was the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, behind Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Whip Dick Durbin. In March 2002, Schumer worked on a compromise to save an election reform bill that stalled due to Republicans’ believing it was not combative enough against voter fraud. In November 2001, Schumer announced hearings on the decision of President George W. Bush to try terrorists in military tribunals amid Washington amid concerns that Bush would skip the American legal system in such cases. He has never lost an election and has never been defeated in a re-election bid. Schumer is a second cousin, once removed, of actress Amy Schumer. His ancestors originated from the town of Chortkiv, Galicia, in what is now western Ukraine.
He attended public schools in Brooklyn, scoring a super-scored 1600 on the SAT, and graduated as class valedictorian from James Madison High School, in 1967. Schumer competed for Madison High on the television quiz show It’s Academic. In 1982, as a result of redistricting, Schumer faced a potential matchup with Stephen Solarz, although the matchup did not actually materialize. In 1980, 16th district Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman won the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat of Republican Jacob Javits. Schumer ran for Holtzman’s vacated House seat and won. He served three terms, from 1974 to 1981, sitting in the 181st, 182nd and 183rd New York state Legislatures. In 2008, he was unanimously elected Minority Leader to succeed Harry Reid, who was retiring. Schumer won his fourth term in the House in 2016 and was then unanimously elected minority leader to succeed Reid. In 2009, he oversaw 14 Democratic gains in the senate in the 2006 and 2008 elections. In 2010, he won the New York Senate primary with 51 percent of the votes against Geraldine Ferrine Ferraro and Mark Green. In November 2011, he defeated Republican incumbent Al D’Amato with 54 percent of vote in the general election. In 2012, he beat Republican incumbent Republican Al Daro-Green. He was re-elected in 2004 with 71 percent of the vote, in 2010 with 66 percent of the vote, and in 2016 with 70 percent of the vote. He was chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee from 2011 to 2017.