The first New Yorker and the first Jewish person to ever hold a Senate leadership role, Chuck Schumer has always been an over-achiever. From his perfect 1,600 SAT scores to graduating Harvard Law School Juris Doctor with honors, Schumer was always focused on a career in politics. Practicing law was never among his goals and as soon he got his diploma, he ran for the New York city assembly spot in 1974. He won, just like al subsequent elections he participated in. He stayed in the New York Assembly until 1980. The next year he won a place in Congress as the representative from the New York 16th district.
In 1998, he decided it was the time to appear on the grand stage and ran as a Democrat for the Senate. He came to prominence as the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, where he oversaw the Democrats gain 14 seats in Senate in 2006 and 2008 elections. After his fourth election win for the Senate, he was unanimously elected the Minority leader, following Harry Reid’s retirement.
Despite his success, Schumer always makes a point to visit all 62 counties of New York each year, taking a keen interest in the everyday lives of his voters.
Schumer is married to Iris Weinshall, former commissioner of transportation of New York City from 2000 to 2007. The couple got married at Windows on the World at the top of the north tower of the World Trade Center in 1980. They have two daughters, Jessica and Alison, and both are following their father’s footsteps through Harvard. Alison is working for Facebook as a marketing manager in the company’s New York office, while Jessica is pursuing a career in politics.
Schumer’s book “Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time”, published in January 2017, deals with the strategies Democratic Party needs to employ in order to get the votes of American middle class.
Chuck Schumer net worth as of 2020 in $900,000, the best proof he isn’t corrupted by the lobbyist, like so many of his colleagues from Senate.