Charles Schumer, two-term Democratic U.S. senator from New York, is running for re-election as senator from New York against Republican candidate Jay Townsend, a market research and communications consultant. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in the 2010 midterm elections, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Schumer's life.
How old is Charles Schumer?
Schumer is 60.
When was Charles Schumer born?
Schumer was born Nov. 23, 1950
Where was Charles Schumer born?
Schumer was born Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. Back then, he was known as Chuckie
Who were Charles Schumer's parents and what did they do?
Schumer's parents were Selma Rosen and Abraham Schumer. Selma Schumer was a homemaker and stayed active in the community with her children. Abe Schumer owned and ran a small exterminating business for 32 years after serving in World War II.
The Washington Post reported
that, when Schumer "took his seat in Congress in 1980, both Abe and Selma went with him to his office on Capitol Hill. Abe remembers he saw a cockroach."
Does Charles Schumer have any siblings?
Schumer has one sister, Fran, and one brother, Robert.
When did Charles Schumer move back to New York?
Schumer is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. He attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., before returning to New York. He still resides in Brooklyn today.
What did Charles Schumer do before he decided to run for the Senate?
Schumer, after graduating from Harvard Law School, returned to and became a member of the New York State Assembly
. In 1980, Schumer was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
and was then re-elected eight times.
How long has Charles Schumer been in the Senate?
Schumer was first elected to the Senate and began his term in January 1999. He has served for the past 11 years and is now seeking his third-consecutive six-year term.
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