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 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 2017 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. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Charles “Chuck” Schumer sits on the following committees:
Schumer was the primary sponsor of 55 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- 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. 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 ...
- S. 1512 (113th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1335 Jefferson Road in Rochester, New York, as the “Specialist Theodore Matthew Glende ...
- S. 2661 (113th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 787 State Route 17M in Monroe, New York, as the “National Clandestine Service ...
- S. 2101 (113th): A bill to amend the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act to clarify how the Act applies to condominiums.
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 about one third or more 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:
Taxation (26%) Crime and Law Enforcement (22%) Health (20%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (3%) Finance and Financial Sector (3%) Commerce (3%)
Some of Schumer’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 393: A resolution making minority party appointments for the 115th Congress.
- S.Res. 370: A resolution to constitute the minority party’s membership on certain committees for the ...
- S. 1668: A bill to rename a waterway in the State of New York as ...
- S. 1376: No Hearing, No Vote Act of 2017
- S. 910: Disability Integration Act of 2017
- S. 187: A bill for the relief of Alemseghed Mussie Tesfamical.
- S.Res. 17: A resolution to constitute the minority party’s membership on certain committees for the ...
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.
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On the Nomination PN42: Robert Lighthizer, of Florida, to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador
May 11, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 82/14.
On the Nomination PN87: Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Jr., in the Army, to be Lieutenant General
Mar 15, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 86/10.
This vote confirmed Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be President Trump's National Security Advisor. Although appointments to the position do not normally require Senate confirmation, the appointment of a Senate-confirmed active military officer to this position --- a different position than the one the Senate ...
On the Nomination PN43: Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Jan 23, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 66/32.
This vote confirmed Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS4), a three-term Congressman first elected in 2010, as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. * * * Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS4), a three-term Congressman first elected in 2010, was President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as CIA Director. ...
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
On the Nomination PN1643: Cheryl A. LaFleur, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the term expiring June 30, 2019
Jul 15, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 90/7.
H.R. 3606 (112th): Jumpstart Our Business Startups
Mar 22, 2012. Bill Passed 73/26.
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
On the Nomination PN958: Michael B. Mukasey, of New York, to be Attorney General
Nov 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 53/40.
From Jan 1999 to Mar 2018, Schumer missed 58 of 6,003 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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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
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills