Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer is an American politician, the senior United States senator from New York and a member of the Democratic Party.
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First elected in 1998, he defeated three-term Republican incumbent Al D'Amato by a margin of 55%–44%.
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Schumer was re-elected in 2004 by a margin of 71%–24%, in 2010 by a margin of 66%–33% and in 2016 by a margin of 70%-27%.
Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Schumer served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 1999, representing New York's 16th congressional district, later redistricted to the 10th congressional district in 1983 and to the 9th congressional district in 1993.
New York's 16th Congressional District is a congressional district for the United States House of Representatives represented by Eliot Engel.
A native of Brooklyn and graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he was a three-term member of the New York State Assembly, serving from 1975 to 1980.
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Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City's five boroughs, with a Census-estimated 2,636,735 residents in 2015.
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Schumer was chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2005 to 2009, in which post he oversaw a total of 14 Democratic gains in the Senate in the 2006 and 2008 elections.
He is the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, behind Senate minority leader Harry Reid and Senate minority whip d*ck Durbin, elected vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the Senate in 2006.
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In November 2010, he was also chosen to hold the additional role of chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee starting at the opening of the 112th Congress.
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In 2015, Minority Leader Harry Reid, who is retiring after the 2016 elections, endorsed Schumer to succeed him as leader.