Schumer is running a low-key campaign in New York, focusing instead on trying to elect Democrats to the Senate in a bid to become the Senate majority leader. Schumer’s top priorities include the well-being of the middle class, almost any issue that affects New York, and support for Israel. Schumer believes in government as a positive force and issues frequent news releases about federal funds for local entities. In campaign ads, Schumer takes credit for keeping the Bills NFL team in Buffalo and touts his role in bringing federal money to the state, including $20 billion after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and $60 billion after superstorm Sandy in 2012. In 2013, Schumer won bipartisan Senate passage of a comprehensive immigration bill, but it died in the House. And for decades, Schumer has pushed for gun control measures, most recently a bill to bar terrorist watchlist members from buying firearms. This year, Schumer broke with President Barack Obama twice, voting against the Iran nuclear deal and helping both pass and override a veto of a bill to allow 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the attacks.
Schumer, 65, is on the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality lines. Schumer has been an elected official since he graduated in 1974 from Harvard Law School and Harvard University. Schumer served in the New York Assembly from 1975 to 1980, in the House of Representatives from 1981 to 1998 and in the Senate since 1999. He is seeking his fourth six-year term in the Senate. Schumer sits on the banking, finance, judiciary and rules committees. He is the No. 3 Senate Democrat and chairs the Democratic Policy and Communications Center. Schumer is in line to become the Senate Democratic leader next year. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, where he grew up. They have two grown daughters.