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Chuck Schumer
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Official portrait, 2017
Senate Majority Leader
Assumed office
January 20, 2021
Deputy Dick Durbin
Preceded by Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader
In office
January 3, 2017 – January 20, 2021
Deputy Dick Durbin
Preceded by Harry Reid
Succeeded by Mitch McConnell
Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Deputy
Preceded by Harry Reid
United States Senator
from New York
Assumed office
January 3, 1999
Serving with Kirsten Gillibrand
Preceded by Al D'Amato
Chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2017
Leader Harry Reid
Preceded by Byron Dorgan
Succeeded by Debbie Stabenow
Vice Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2017
Leader Harry Reid
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by
Chair of the Senate Rules Committee
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by Dianne Feinstein
Succeeded by Roy Blunt
Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2009
Leader Harry Reid
Preceded by Jon Corzine
Succeeded by Robert Menendez
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1999
Preceded by Elizabeth Holtzman
Succeeded by Anthony Weiner
Constituency
  • 16th district (1981–83)
  • 10th district (1983–93)
  • 9th district (1993–99)
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 45th district
In office
January 1, 1975 – December 31, 1980
Preceded by Stephen Solarz
Succeeded by Daniel L. Feldman
Personal details
Born
Charles Ellis Schumer

November 23, 1950 (1950-11-23) (age 70)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Iris Weinshall (m. 1980)
Children 2
Relatives Amy Schumer (cousin)
Education Harvard University (AB, JD)
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Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer (born November 23, 1950) is the senior United States Senator from New York. He is a member of the Democratic Party and the Majority Leader of the Senate, succeeding Republican Mitch McConnell in 2021.

Early career

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.

Senate Minority leader (2017)

In 2015, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada announced his retirement. Reid quickly supported Schumer to replace him as the new Senate Minority Leader. On November 16, 2016, Schumer was elected as the senate's new minority leader. He assumed this position on January 3, 2017.

Personal life

Schumer was born on November 23, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York. His family is Jewish, descended from immigrants from Russia, Poland, and Austria. He studied at Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he was a three-term member of the New York State Assembly, serving from 1975 to 1980. Schumer is married to Iris Weinshall. They have two children.


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