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If I were to stand a chance of being re-elected, I needed some help,' he would later tell the Associated Press." In 1998, Schumer ran for the Senate.
Schumer competed for Madison High on the It's Academic television quiz show.After completing his undergraduate degree, he continued to Harvard Law School, earning his Juris Doctor with honors, in 1974.Schumer passed the New York state bar in early 1975.; born November 23, 1950) is an American politician of the Democratic Party serving as the senior United States Senator from New York, a seat he was first elected to in 1998. He first defeated three-term Republican incumbent Al D'Amato 55% to 44% before being reelected in 2004 with 71% of the vote, in 2010 with 66% of the vote, and in 2016 with 70% of the vote.Before his election to the Senate, Schumer served in the House of Representatives from 1981 to 1999, first representing New York's 16th congressional district before being redistricted to the 10th congressional district in 1983 and 9th congressional district in 1993.When it was revealed that Adidas planned to end its contract for the manufacture of NBA jerseys with American Classic Outfitters, an upstate New York apparel company, and outsource production overseas, Schumer blasted the company, citing the risk to 100 workers at the plant. was considering relocating from its corporate headquarters in Long Island because of a dispute over road infrastructure funding, Schumer stepped in to advocate New York state redirect federal stimulus dollars to make the road improvements and keep the company and its jobs on Long Island.
Along with his House and Senate colleagues, Schumer successfully worked to kill a Bush-era privatization plan for custodial and utility workers at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
He was the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, behind Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Whip Dick Durbin.
He was elected Vice Chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the Senate in 2006.
While a target of gun rights organizations, Schumer has supported hunters, sponsoring legislation to provide millions in outdoor recreation grants to landowners who allow hunting and fishing on their private property.
For these efforts, Field and Stream magazine honored Schumer in their "Hero Awards" in 2008.
In 2009, Schumer also proposed that any new government-run health insurance programs follow all the standards applicable to private insurance.