Chuck Schumer reelected, making him New York’s longest-serving senator


(New York Jewish Week) — Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, was reelected for a fifth consecutive term, making him New York’s longest-serving senator. 

The 71-year-old Senate majority leader easily defeated his Republican opponent, Joe Pinion, who was a host on the conservative news network Newsmax.  

While Schumer’s seat is safe, his roles as majority leader remains up in the air as elections nationwide will determine whether Democrats hold the Senate. 

In recent years, Schumer has helped pass gun control legislation and President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Plan. He has also infused his Jewish identity into his leadership, last month releasing a campaign ad in which he teaches Yiddish words while taking shots at former President Donald Trump, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Ted Cruz.   

Schumer grew up in a Jewish family in Midwood, Brooklyn. As Senate majority leader since Jan. 20, 2021, he is the highest-ranking elected Jewish official in the history of the United States.