Last updated on: 11/5/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Charles Schumer, JD Biography

Title:
US Senator (D-NY)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?"
Reasoning:

“John R. Lott Jr.’s thesis – that concealed weapons laws reduce crime rates – flies in the face of common sense and a body of scholarly research. The bottom line: Crime is going down despite concealed weapons laws, not because of them…

The Associated Press reports that Prof. Lott’s fellowship at the University of Chicago is funded by the Olin Foundation, which is ‘associated with the Olin Corporation,’ one of the nation’s largest gun manufacturers. Maybe that’s a coincidence, too. But it’s also a fact.”

“Gun-Control Thesis Is a Shot in the Dark,” Wall Street Journal, Sep. 4, 1996

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (D-NY), 1998-present
  • Chairman, Senate Rules Committee, 2009-present
  • Vice Chair, Democratic Conference, Democratic Leadership Team, 2006-present
  • Chair, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, 2005-2009
  • Member of the US House of Representatives, New York’s 9th district, 1993-1998
  • Member of the US House of Representatives, New York’s 10th district, 1983-1993
  • Member of the US House of Representatives, New York’s 16th District, 1981-1983
  • New York State Assembly Member, 1975-1980
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, 1975-present
  • Former campaigner, Eugene McCarthy’s presidential campaign, 1968
Education:
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1974
  • BA, Harvard College, 1971
Other:
  • Born in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 23, 1950
  • Jewish
  • Married to Iris Weinshal with two children, Jessica and Alison
  • Born to Selma, a homemaker, and Abe, owner of a small exterminating business
  • At age 23, was the youngest member of the New York State Legislature since Theodore Roosevelt
  • First in his family to attend college
  • Visits each of New York’s 62 counties every year