Mother: Selma (Rosen) Schumer
Iris Weinshall (1980-present)
Children: Jessica, Alison
Education: Harvard University, A.B., 1971; Harvard Law School, J.D., 1974
He was valedictorian at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, and received a perfect 1600 score on the SAT test.
He edited his high school newspaper, and at one point considered pursuing a career in chemistry. His parents encouraged him to go to medical school, but he opted for law school instead.
He funded his Harvard education by selling class rings while in school.
Writer/actress Amy Schumer is his second cousin, once removed.
1975-1980 - New York State Assemblyman.
1981-1999 - US Representative from New York 9th District (formerly 10th District and 16th District).
1987-1988 - Sponsors the Fair Credit and Charge Card Disclosure Act, which requires credit card companies to list detailed information about fees and interest rates when soliciting new customers. The credit card disclosures are nicknamed "Schumer Boxes."
1998 - Wins election to US Senate.
2004 - Wins re-election to the Senate.
Leads an unsuccessful push to renew the assault weapons ban.
2005-2008 - Chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Introduces the Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act, requiring registered sex offenders to give law enforcement their email addresses and social media accounts so their online activity can be tracked.
2006-present - Vice chairs the Senate's Democratic Conference.
2007-2010 - Chairs and vice chairs the Senate's Joint Economic Committee.
2009-present - Serves on the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.
2010 - Wins re-election to US Senate.
2011-present - Chairman of the Senate's Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.
August 3, 2015 -
Holds a joint press conference with his cousin, actress and comedian Amy Schumer, to announce gun control legislation promoting stricter state background check laws. The press conference takes place 11 days after a deadly mass shooting at a screening of Schumer's comedy, "Trainwreck," in Louisiana.
Schumer's bill, the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2016, stalls in the Senate.
November 8, 2016 - Wins re-election to the Senate.
November 16, 2016 -
Senate Democrats choose Schumer to succeed Harry Reid
as leader in the chamber.
January 3, 2017 - On his first day as Senate Minority Leader,
Schumer tells CNN that Senate Democrats plan to hold President-elect Donald Trump
accountable but will also work with him if he supports legislation that is true to the Democratic Party's principles.
March 2, 2017 -
Schumer calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions
to resign in the wake of a report that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador to the US during the presidential campaign, contradicting his testimony during his Senate confirmation hearing.