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In preparation, Schumer "set about making friends on Wall Street, tapping the city's top law firms and securities houses for campaign donations.
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.
He attended public schools in Brooklyn, scoring a perfect 1600 on the SAT, and graduated as class valedictorian from James Madison High School, in 1967.
Schumer competed for Madison High on the It's Academic television quiz show.
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.
Notable former aides to Schumer include former US congressman Anthony Weiner; and current New York state senator Daniel Squadron and New York State assembly members Phil Goldfeder and Victor M. Schumer frequently schedules media appearances on Sundays on both legislative and non-legislative matters.
His use of media has been cited by some as a successful way to raise a politician's profile nationally and among his constituents.
While serving in the House of Representatives, Schumer, along with California senator Dianne Feinstein, authored the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban which expired in 2004.
The National Rifle Association and other gun groups (see gun politics) have criticized him for allegedly not knowing much about guns, alluding to various errors regarding the subject.
However, he never practiced law, choosing instead a career in politics. In 1980, 16th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman won the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat of Republican Jacob Javits.
Schumer ran for Holtzman's vacated House seat and won.
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