Chuck Schumer

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Chuck Schumer
Chuck Schumer official photo.jpg
Official portrait, 2017
Senate Majority Leader
Assumed office
January 20, 2021
DeputyDick Durbin
Preceded byMitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader
In office
January 3, 2017 – January 20, 2021
DeputyDick Durbin
Preceded byHarry Reid
Succeeded byMitch McConnell
Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Deputy
Preceded byHarry Reid
United States Senator
from New York
Assumed office
January 3, 1999
Serving with Kirsten Gillibrand
Preceded byAl D'Amato
Chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2017
LeaderHarry Reid
Preceded byByron Dorgan
Succeeded byDebbie Stabenow
Vice Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2017
LeaderHarry Reid
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded by
Chair of the Senate Rules Committee
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byDianne Feinstein
Succeeded byRoy Blunt
Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2009
LeaderHarry Reid
Preceded byJon Corzine
Succeeded byRobert Menendez
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1999
Preceded byElizabeth Holtzman
Succeeded byAnthony Weiner
Constituency
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 45th district
In office
January 1, 1975 – December 31, 1980
Preceded byStephen Solarz
Succeeded byDaniel L. Feldman
Personal details
Born
Charles Ellis Schumer

(1950-11-23) November 23, 1950 (age 70)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Iris Weinshall (m. 1980)
Children2
RelativesAmy Schumer (cousin)
EducationHarvard University (AB, JD)
Signature
WebsiteSenate website

Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer (born November 23, 1950) is the senior United States Senator from New York. He is a member of the Democratic Party and the Majority Leader of the Senate, succeeding Republican Mitch McConnell in 2021.

Early career[change | change source]

Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Schumer served in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1999. He represented New York's 16th congressional district, which was later redistricted to the 10th congressional district in 1983 and to the 9th congressional district in 1993.

Senate Minority leader (2017)[change | change source]

In 2015, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada announced his retirement. Reid quickly supported Schumer to replace him as the new Senate Minority Leader. On November 16, 2016, Schumer was elected as the senate's new minority leader. He assumed this position on January 3, 2017.

Personal life[change | change source]

Schumer was born on November 23, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York.[1] His family is Jewish, descended from immigrants from Russia, Poland, and Austria.[2] He studied at Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he was a three-term member of the New York State Assembly, serving from 1975 to 1980. Schumer is married to Iris Weinshall. They have two children.

References[change | change source]

  1. "schumer". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  2. "Ancestry". Archived from the original on 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2013-05-17.

Other websites[change | change source]