Schumer is the senior senator from New York and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 6, 1999. Schumer is next up for reelection in 2022.
He is also Senate Minority Leader, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
He was previously the representative for New York’s 9th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 1998; the representative for New York’s 10th congressional district as a Democrat from 1983 to 1992; and the representative for New York’s 16th congressional district as a Democrat from 1981 to 1982.
Read our 2018 Report Card for Schumer.
Schumer is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Schumer has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Nov 14, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
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Charles “Chuck” Schumer sits on the following committees:
Schumer was the primary sponsor of 58 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2047: A bill to provide for a 2-week extension of the Medicaid community mental health services demonstration program, and for other purposes.
- S. 1668: A bill to rename a waterway in the State of New York as the “Joseph Sanford Jr. Channel”.
- S. 3207 (114th): A bill to authorize the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to provide playback equipment in all formats.
- S. 2929 (114th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3031 Veterans Road West in Staten Island, New York, as the “Leonard Montalto ...
- S. 866 (114th): Slain Officer Family Support Act of 2015
- S. 823 (114th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 206 West Commercial Street in East Rochester, New York, as the “Officer Daryl ...
- S. 692 (114th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 442 East 167th Street in Bronx, New York, as the “Herman Badillo Post ...
Does 58 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Schumer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Crime and Law Enforcement (23%) Health (18%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Taxation (12%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) International Affairs (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)
Some of Schumer’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2815: A bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in ...
- S. 2755: A bill to require a report on the plan to secure the enduring ...
- S. 2606: Safety, Accountability, and Federal Enforcement of Limos Act of 2019
- S. 2605: Take Unsafe Limos Off the Road Act
- S.Res. 325: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the whistleblower complaint received ...
- S. 2444: Border Officers Utilization for National Defense Act of 2019
- S.J.Res. 50: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, ...
As Senate Minority Leader, Schumer may be focused on his responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting his party, and brokering deals.
From Jan 1999 to Nov 2019, Schumer missed 59 of 6,579 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills