Charles E. Schumer

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Charles Schumer
U.S. Senior Senator, New York
Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 3)

January 6, 1999
Serving with Hillary Clinton

Preceded by Al D'Amato
Born November 23, 1950
Spouse Iris Weinshall
Religion Jewish

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Charles Schumer is the Senior Senator for New York.



  • 1950 Born
  • 1971 Graduated Harvard College
  • 1974 Graduated Harvard Law School
    Runs for the New York State Assembly, 45th district in Brooklyn and wins at the age of 23.
  • 1980 Marries Iris Weinshall
  • 1980 At age 29, wins election to the House of Representatives.
  • 1998 Defeats Alfonse D'Amato and becomes the junior Senator from New York
  • 2000 After Daniel Patrick Moynihan retires, becomes the senior Senator from New York.


Though Charles (Chuck) Schumer has been the Senior Senator from New York since 2000, his junior Senator is more well known. (See: Hillary Rodham Clinton) Even so, Schumer has made a name for himself as one of the most outspoken members of the Senate.

While a member of the House of Representatives, Schumer helped write the Brady Bill, the Assault Weapons Ban and the Violence Against Women Act, the first federal legislation protecting women against domestic abuse.

In the Senate, Schumer has been a leading voice on the Judiciary Committee arguing that judging a candidate's ideology is necessary when considering the nominee to fill a court vacancy. He has been an advocate for modernizing the nation's voting process, making generic drugs accessible, demonstrating solidarity with Israel's struggle for peace and, with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, acquiring $20 million dollars in federal aid to New York after 9/11.

In May 2006, after the Canadian National Post published a false story alledging that the Iranian government had passed a law requiring Iranian Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians to wear badges identifying themselves, Schumer issued a news release calling the Iranian regime “lunatic” and “pernicious”. [1]

Quotes by and about Schumer

  • "“Frankly, sharing a media market with Chuck Schumer is like sharing a banana with a monkey. Take a little bite of it and he will throw his own feces at you.” - US Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ), quoted by The Hill


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