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Chuck Schumer

Personal data
Date of birthNovember 23, 1950(age 66)
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityJewish
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseIris Weinshall
ChildrenJessica Schumer
Alison Schumer
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York
Alma materHarvard College (Bachelor of ArtsA.B.)
Harvard Law School (Juris DoctorJ.D.)
OccupationPolitician
ReligionJudaism
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 1999
Serving with Kirsten Gillibrand
Preceded byAlfonse D'Amato
Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2009
Preceded byDianne Feinstein
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 9th District
10th District (1983-1993)
16th District (1981-1983)
In officeJanuary 3, 1981 - January 3, 1999
Succeeded byAnthony D. Weiner
Preceded byElizabeth Holtzman
Member of the
New York State Assembly
from the 45th District
In officeJanuary 1, 1975 - December 31, 1980
Succeeded byDaniel Feldman
Preceded byStephen J. Solarz

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Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer (-enˈʃuːmərpron, born November 23, 1950) is the senior United States Senator from New York and a member of the Democratic Party. First elected in 1998, he defeated three-term Republican incumbent Al D'Amato by a margin of 55% 44%. He was easily re-elected in 2004 by a margin of 71% 24% and in 2010 by a margin of 66% 33%.

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. A native of Brooklyn and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he was a three-term member of the New York State Assembly, serving from 1975 to 1980.

Schumer was chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2005 to 2009, in which post he oversaw a total of 14 Democratic gains in the Senate in the 2006 and 2008 elections. Elected Vice Chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the Senate, in 2006, he is the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, behind Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin. In November 2010, he was also chosen to hold the additional role of chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee starting at the opening of the 112th Congress.


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