(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader and Democratic senator from New York.
Birth date: November 23, 1950
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.
1975-1980 - New York State Assemblyman.