Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senator from New York

Chuck Schumer

U.S. Senator from New York

Charles Ellis “Chuck” Schumer was born in November 1950 in Brooklyn, New York.  At James Madison High School, where he was class valedictorian, he also scored a perfect 1600 on the SAT exam. He attended Harvard College, where he became interested in politics. After completing his undergraduate degree, he continued to Harvard Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor. He never practiced law, choosing instead a career in politics.

He served three terms in the New York Assembly and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served nine terms. He has been a United States Senator from New York since January 1999. He was elected minority leader in November 2016.

Schumer is married to Iris Wentshall, and they have two children. He is Jewish.

In the News…

The filibuster is a political procedure whereby one or more members of congress debate over a proposed piece of legislation in order to delay or entirely prevent a decision being made on the proposal.

On the same day that former vice president Joe Biden delivered his acceptance speech at the Democrat National Convention, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he favors eliminating the filibuster if the Democrats win the majority in Congress in November.

“We have a moral imperative to the people of America to get a whole lot done if we get the majority, which, God willing, we will, and keep it in the House, and Biden becomes president, and nothing is off the table,” he said.

“We will do what it takes to get this done. I’m hopeful, maybe if Trump goes and McConnell is no longer leader, some Republicans might work with us. But we’re going to have to get it done, whether they work with us or not,” he added.

Senator Schumer said, “Four seats will almost guarantee us getting in. And then we will have a really strong agenda that we have talked about before on getting health care for everybody, dealing with climate, getting racial justice in law enforcement and in the economy, getting the Supreme Court back on track. So many things we have to do.”

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Schumer today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
Senator from New York
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


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