Charles Ellis Schumer, better known as Chuck Schumer, is an American Democratic politician who has been the New York Senator since 1998. Schumer, who is popular for his “dangerous” command of publicity and magnetic electioneering strategies, has never lost an election since joining US politics in the early 1970s. Among the secrets of his success is his grassroots-style politics, taking the pains of touring each of the sixty-two counties of New York every year for the sixteen years he has served in the Upper Chamber – a feat no other senator has accomplished in the history of US politics!
Prior to joining the Upper House of the US Congress, Schumer was a Lower Congressman – a member of the House of Representative, before which he was an Assemblyman. He later became the Senate Minority Leader in 2017. Discover more facts about his career and personal life below.
Chuck Schumer’s Bio (Age)
The politician was born as Charles Ellis Schumer on November 23, 1950, in Brooklyn, New York. While his father, Abraham Schumer managed an exterminating business, his mother, Selma Rosen was a housewife. He has two younger siblings – a brother, Robert Schumer; and a sister, Fran Schumer. Chuck is a Caucasian American, with Ukrainian ancestral roots. He is also Jewish.
Chuck Schumer grew up in Brooklyn where he attended the James Madison High school, graduating in 1967. As a high school student, Schumer was very brilliant. Among his remarkable achievements were representing his school in the It’s Academic TV quiz, graduating as a class valedictorian, and scoring a perfect 1600 in the SAT.
Schumer proceeded to Harvard College to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. As a Harvard freshman, Chuck developed an interest in politics, campaigning for Minnesota Senator, Eugene McCarthy in his 1968 presidential bid. On completing his first degree in 1971, he went ahead to the Harvard Law School, subsequently earning his J.D (with honors) in 1974. Prior to being called to bar in 1975, Schumer delved into full-time politics, winning a seat in the New York State Assembly in 1974. On joining the US Assembly, 24-year-old Chuck became the youngest Assemblyman after Theodore Roosevelt.
Chuck Schumer’s political career has since been characterized by much success, vacating a seat only after winning another, and never losing an election bid. He maintained his New York Assembly post for three terms, leaving the position in 1981 after winning the 16th District Congressional seat in 1980. Schumer retained his lower congress seat until 1999, being re-elected eight consecutive times.
Ahead of leaving the House of Representatives, Chuck Schumer won the New York Senate seat in 1998. He assumed office as the New York Senator on January 3, 1999 and has since been re-elected thrice. As a senator, Schumer has chaired several committees in the Upper House including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (2005-2009), Rules Committee (2009-2015), Democratic Caucus (Vice-Chair: 2007-2017) and Democratic Policy Committee (2011-2017). He also serves as the Minority Leader. On assuming the Minority Leader position, Schumer became the first New York Senator as well as first Jewish Senator to hold a senate leadership position.
Chuck Schumer is the author of Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time published in 2007. He has received honorary doctorates from several higher institutions including Hofstra University (1999), New York Law School (2002), Pace University (2004), and so on.
Chuck Schumer’s Family – His Wife And Daughters
Chuck Schumer is a married man with kids. He tied the knot with Iris Weinshall on 21st September 1980. Their wedding took place at the Windows On The World, a restaurant situated atop the North Tower of the original World Trade Centre in Lower Manhattan, NYC.
Chuck Schumer’s wife, Iris Weinshall is an American civil servant, working as a New York public library staff. Together with Iris, Chuck has two daughters – Jessica Emily Schumer (born 1984) and Alison Emma Schumer (born 1989).
Chuck Schumer’s first daughter, Jessica is a graduate of Harvard College and follows after her father’s political footsteps. She was a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), later serving as the Council’s Chief of Staff and General Counsel from 2013 to 2015. In 2016, Jessica married Michael Shapiro, whom she worked with on the CEA between 2011 and 2013. They welcomed a son named Noah Melvin Schumer-Shapiro on November, 24th, 2018.
Schumer’s second daughter, Alison is a Harvard graduate as well. She works at Facebook’s New York office as a marketing manager. Alison, who is a lesbian, married her girlfriend, Elizabeth Weiland on November 18, 2018.
Chuck Schumer’s Net Worth
Chuck Schumer has an estimated net worth of almost $1 million. In 2015, OpenSecrets.org estimated his worth at $948,522. Chuck, whose wealth mainly comes from his political career, has witnessed a steady progression in his earnings over the years. As a Congressman, he earned an annual salary of $174,000 dollars, while as a Minority Leader, he takes home $193,000. His net worth is expected to increase as his career progresses.
Also adding to Schumer’s wealth are his investments in credit unions, real estate, and other securities. He also owns a home in Brooklyn worth about $2 million.
Chuck Schumer has an average height of 1.75 meters. His weight is also listed at approximately 73 kilograms. The American politician also has blue eyes, with his hair gradually turning gray due to age.