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 Representatives, before which he was an Assemblyman. He later became the Senate Minority Leader in 2017.
Schumer Won His First Election At The Age of 24 And Has Remained Active Ever Since
On completing his first degree in 1971, Chuck attended 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.
During his time in Congress, Chuck was a member of the House Judiciary Committee and was one of four congressional members who presided over the House investigation of the Waco siege hearings in 1995.
He championed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (1993) which imposed mandatory background checks on the sales of handguns. He was a leading voice in passing the Violence Against Women Act (1994) and co-wrote a law that banned the private ownership of assault weapons.
An advocate of abortion rights, he has also called for the legalization of marijuana. Chuck Schumer has also been a supporter of same-sex marriage. He supported Obamacare but was opposed to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
A Vocal Opponent of President Trump, He Leads the Liberal Caucus of the Senate
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 the first Jewish Senator to hold a senate leadership position. At the onset of the Trump administration, he called for the President’s cabinet members to make public their tax returns. As a minority leader, he has been at the forefront of the opposition of the President’s policies and actions.
After the Democratic party-controlled congress impeached the President over allegations that sought to pressure Ukraine into opening a corruption investigation into Joe Biden, Schumer faced an uphill task in a Republican-controlled Senate to turn the tides against the President.
He tried to seek for additional witnesses and documents to make for a more elaborate and drawn out hearing but his counterpart Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, blocked his requests, leading to the eventual acquittal of the President in February 2020.
As the COVID 19 pandemic began to ravage the US economy, Schumer was a key player in the passage of a $2 trillion relief package, the largest stimulus bill in U.S. history. The package was the government’s way of assisting individuals and businesses amidst the massive job losses and spiraling unemployment in the country. He has also been critical of the President’s handling of the pandemic and has questioned his leadership on the issue citing a lack of a clear strategy in handling the crisis.
Chuck Schumer is also the author of Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time published in 2007. Unsurprisingly, he has received honorary doctorates from several higher institutions including Hofstra University (1999), New York Law School (2002), Pace University (2004), and more.
Chuck Schumer Is Married To Iris Weinshall
Chuck Schumer is married with kids. He tied the knot with Iris Weinshall on 21st of September 1980. Their wedding took place at Windows On The World, a restaurant situated atop the North Tower of the original World Trade Centre in Lower Manhattan, NYC.
Iris holds a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. At different times, she has held important jobs within the government of New York. She was once Senior Vice President of the New York State Urban Development Corporation, and Deputy Commissioner for Management and Budget at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
She was also formerly the vice-chancellor of the City University of New York. Her most recent job has been with The New York Public Library as Chief Operating Officer.
Chuck And Iris Have Two Daughters
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 got married to 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.