As the Senate minority leader in Washington, Charles “Chuck” Schumer is unique among the New York delegation. He is charged with leading Senate Democrats against an opposition president and opposition majority with little regard for norms and decorum. As a legislator on New York issues, Schumer has been a vocal presence and advocate but has had to work across the aisle to achieve progress and consensus. Schumer had one standalone bill signed into law, which extended certain Medicaid mental health services and funding for two weeks in 2019. His power would increase exponentially if the Democrats win control of the Senate in 2020 and he becomes its majority leader.


Editor's Note: Senator Schumer did not provide us with an on-the-record statement in response to this project.

What the rankings mean:

Number of bills sponsored:

This metric measures the number of unique bills put forward by a Representative or a Senator. A Resolution usually expresses an opinion or addresses procedure in the House or Senate and doesn’t go to the President. An Amendment is a change to the language of legislation. Everything has to be voted on.

Number of bills passed out of one chamber:

Getting a bill passed through a chamber is tough. In order to pass a bill out of a chamber, a member of Congress must build consensus among his or her colleagues.

Number of bills signed into law:

If a bill from an opposite party is signed into law by a President, the achievement is a significant victory for that Member of Congress if the bill is significant. Many non-controversial bills are signed into law as a matter of routine.

Percentage a member votes with his or her party:

Source: ProPublica. Procedural votes count toward this score and it isn’t entirely indicative of a member’s loyalty, or disloyalty, to the party.

Lugar Center Bipartisan Index Score:

The Bipartisan Index is a joint project of The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Scores above 1.0 are outstanding. Scores above .5 are very good. Scores below -.5 are poor. Scores below -1.0 are very poor.