A long-time US Senator from Massachusetts
Schumer was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, where he still lives today. He attended public schools in Brooklyn, scoring a 1600 on the SAT, and graduating as the valedictorian from in 1967. He continued his education at Harvard College, where he became interested in politics and campaigned for Eugene McCarthy in 1968. After graduating he went to Harvard Law School. He graduated from there in 1974. Schumer passed the New York State Bar Exam in early 1975, but never practiced law. Instead he would enter elective politics.
Soon after graduating from , he ran for and was elected to the New York State Assembly, becoming at age 23 the youngest member of the New York legislature since Theodore Roosevelt. He served three terms. In the decades since, he has never lost an election, and has never held any job outside of elected office. 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 seat and won.