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Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer

Senate Minority Leader and Senator for New York

pronounced CHAW-rulz // SHOO-mer

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.

Photo of Sen. Charles “Chuck” Schumer [D-NY]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Schumer.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Charles “Chuck” Schumer sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Schumer was the primary sponsor of 58 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%)

Recent Bills

Some of Schumer’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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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.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Schumer voted Nay

Schumer voted Yea

Nomination Confirmed 66/32 on Jan 23, 2017.

This vote confirmed Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS4), a three-term Congressman first elected in 2010, as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. * * * Rep. ...

Schumer voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations ...

Schumer voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Dec 3, 2015.

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 ...

Schumer voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Schumer voted Yea

Bill Passed 73/26 on Mar 22, 2012.

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, is a law intended to encourage funding of small businesses in the United States by easing ...

Schumer voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

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 ...

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: