Brad Schneider

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Brad Schneider
Brad Schneider
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 10th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Robert Dold
Personal details
Born (1961-08-20) August 20, 1961 (age 53)[1]
Denver, Colorado
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Julie Dann-Schneider
Children 2
Residence Deerfield, Illinois
Alma mater Cherry Creek High School
Northwestern University (B.A.)
Northwestern University (M.B.A.)
Occupation Business Management Consultant and Industrial Engineer
Religion Judaism
Website Official House Website
Campaign Website

Bradley Scott Schneider (born August 20, 1961), a former management consultant and industrial engineer from Deerfield, IL, is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 10th congressional district, serving since 2013. In 2014, he is running for re-election in a rematch against former Republican congressman Bob Dold.[4]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Schneider was born on August 20, 1961, in Denver, Colorado, where he graduated from Cherry Creek High School.[3] In 1983, after receiving a B.A. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, Schneider worked on a kibbutz in Israel. He later returned to the Chicagoland area to receive a M.B.A. from the Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1988 and work for the consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers.[5][6]

Schneider worked as the managing principal of the life insurance firm Davis Dann Adler Schneider, LLC from 1997 until 2003 when he became the director of the strategic services group at Blackman Kallick. In 2008, he started his own one-man consulting company, Cadence Consulting Group.[7][8]

House of Representatives[edit]


Schneider campaigned as a moderate Democrat,[9][10][11][12] and often described himself as a progressive.[13][14][15] In a Chicago Magazine interview, Schneider explained: "I’m pragmatic and a moderate. I’m willing to work with any Republican, with anyone who has a good idea. I’m not going to compromise my principles to do so, but I think we can find that common ground."[8] The Hill reported that he during his first year in Congress, he had not introduced any legislation.[16]


He supports EPA carbon emission standards for power plants.[17] In his 2012 primary race, Schneider supported emissions trading, incentives for businesses to develop alternative energy systems, and tax credits for individuals to implement sustainable and renewable energy improvements in their homes.[18]

Abortion rights[edit]

Schneider has stated he is "100 percent pro-choice" and was endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America. Schneider co-sponsored a bill to reverse the impact of the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision and require employers to offer "a full range" of contraception options. [19]

Tax policy[edit]

Schneider told the Chicago Tribune that he favors a 3:1 ratio of spending cuts to tax increases in order to reduce the debt. He stated that he is open to cuts in discretionary, defense and entitlement spending.[20] Schneider supported the repeal of the Bush tax cuts and “long-term, comprehensive tax reform” that would include higher taxes on those with high incomes.[21]

Minimum wage[edit]

Schneider co-sponsored a bill that would raise minium wage to $10.10 an hour.[22]

Foreign policy[edit]

He is in favor of "broad and deep" sanctions on Iran and covert operations to dissuade Iran from its nuclear weapons program, as well as its sales to terrorist organizations.[20] Schneider is a long time member of AIPAC.[23][24]

Gay rights[edit]

Schneider supports same-sex marriage.[25]


Schneider voted against the Amash Amendment, a bill “that would have stopped the surveillance programs of the NSA.”[22]


Schneider supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama and opposes repeal.[26] He voted for a bill to increase enrollment transparency.[27][28]



2012 election[edit]

Schneider defeated Democratic opponents Ilya Sheyman, John Tree, and Vivek Bavda in the primary election on March 20, 2012 with 47% of the vote.[30] He faced incumbent Republican Robert Dold in the November 6, 2012 general election. The non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report declared the 10th district election "Leans Democrat" while Roll Call categorized the race as a toss up.[31][32] The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee placed significant focus on the race as part of their Red to Blue Program.[33] Schneider defeated Dold in the general election, 51%-49%; a difference of 3,326 votes.[34][35]

2014 election[edit]

Schneider is running for re-election in a rematch against Republican Robert Dold. As of July 2014, Schneider's campaign had $1.9 million cash on hand and Dold's campaign had $1.65 million cash on hand.[4] Schneider is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline program, a committee program designed to protect the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents.[36]

Schneider has been endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters[37] and Planned Parenthood.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Schneider and his wife, Julie, live in Deerfield. They have two sons, Daniel and Adam.[39]

In 2013, Roll Call reported that Schneider was the 35th most wealthy member of Congress.[40] He ranked as the 34th wealthiest member of Congress in 2014.[41] In 2012, the Chicago Tribune noted that Schneider billed himself as a small businessman, though “he has taken on few paying ventures in recent years.”[42]

According to Chicago Business, in 2014 Schneider "abruptly changed his filing status in an apparent effort to keep his wealthy wife's income private."[43] In August 2014, while critiquing the Koch brothers during his re-election campaign, it was reported that his wife owned a stake in Georgia Pacific, a subsidiary of Koch Industries.[44]

While in Congress, he led a JUF mission of 25 people to Israel in May 2013.[45] Schneider has also been involved with AIPAC and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.[6][23]


  1. ^ "Bradley Scott Schneider - Illinois - Bio, News, Photos". Washington Times. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  2. ^ Sweet, Lynn (2011-05-25). "Brad Schneider running in Illinois 10 Democratic primary - Lynn Sweet". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  3. ^ a b Brad SchneiderAboutTimelineAbout (1961-08-20). "Brad Schneider - Deerfield, IL - Politician - About". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  4. ^ a b Sweet, Lynn (July 7, 2014). "Schneider raises $795,000; Dold $610,00 in 2Q for Illinois10 race". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ Hamid, Saba (2012-09-17). "Brad Schneider". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  6. ^ a b "Illinois, 10th House District: Brad Schneider". National Journal. November 1, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ Hinkel, Dan; Ryan, Joseph (2012-10-18). "Democrat Schneider has a district drawn in his favor but an underfunded campaign". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Felsenthal, Carol (2012-09-24). "Q & A With Brad Schneider, a First-Time Candidate in Illinois's 10th District - Felsenthal Files - September 2012". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  9. ^ Pema Levy March 21, 2012, 7:27 AM (2012-03-21). "Today On The Trail: March 21, 2012 | TPM2012". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  10. ^ Steinhauer, Jennifer (2012-03-20). "Close Republican Primary in Illinois House Race". Illinois: Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  11. ^ Felsenthal, Carol (2012-03-14). "Howard Dean on Ilya Sheyman, the Presidential Campaign, Iran, and More - Felsenthal Files - March 2012". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  12. ^ Blake, Aaron (Mar 19, 2012). "Illinois House primaries set stage for major 2012 battleground". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Brad Schneider Extended Interview | Chicago Tonight | WTTW." Chicago Tonight. Web. 06 Mar. 2012. <>.
  14. ^ SchneiderForCongress. "Brad Schneider - "Moving Forward"" YouTube. YouTube, 04 Mar. 2012. Web. 06 Mar. 2012. <>.
  15. ^ "More 10th District Local Officials Endorse Brad Schneider." Brad Schneider for Congress. Web. 06 Mar. 2012. <>
  16. ^ Joseph, Cameron (Nov 10, 2013). "Illinois Republican eyes return to Congress". The Hill. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
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  18. ^ "Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization Questionnaire" Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization. Web. 06 Mar. 2012. <>
  19. ^ Hinz, Greg. "Chicago Dems plan congressional end run around Hobby Lobby ruling". Crain's Chicago Business. 
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  21. ^ "Brad Schneider: Candidate Profile". 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  22. ^ a b Wicklander, Carl (Mar 4, 2014). "Democrats May Lose Illinois’ 10th Congressional District in 2014". Independent Voter News. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Sadin, Steve (March 6, 2013). "Schneider Experiences Role Reversal". Deerfield Patch. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  24. ^ Kampeas, Ron (2011-11-21). "In Illinois, faceoff between Jewish candidates seen as bellwether for Dems | JTA - Jewish & Israel News". JTA. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  25. ^ Pearson, Rick (8-9-12). "Dold, Schneider clash on abortion, gay marriage, health care". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 4 September 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  26. ^ Sweet, Lynn (2014-08-20). "Rove-related group jumps in Schneider-Dold race in 10th District". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  27. ^ "2012 Election: Brad Schneider - Deerfield, IL Patch." Deerfield Patch. Web. 06 Mar. 2012. <>
  28. ^ Hinz, Greg (Jan 16, 2014). "House asks for weekly Obamacare reports". Chicago Business. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  29. ^ a b "Committees and Caucuses". Congressman Brad Schneider. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Schneider survives in 10th district Dem primary - Chicago Sun-Times". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  31. ^ October 30, 2012. "2012 Congressional Elections Race Ratings Map". Roll Call. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  32. ^ "House Ratings". The Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  33. ^ "Illinois: DCCC Names Five Nominees to Red to Blue Program | At the Races". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  34. ^ "Illinois Election Results". Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  35. ^ "IL - District 10 Race - Nov 06, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  36. ^ Livingston, Abby (3/5/13). "DCCC Announces 26 Members on Frontline Incumbent Retention Program". Roll Call. Retrieved 29 August 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  37. ^ Titus, Elizabeth (4-2-14). "Bowser wins D.C. primary—Obamacare: Now what?—RNC huddles on 2016 cities—New energy ad vs. Begich—Israel meets the press—Bao Bao’s adventure". Politico. Retrieved 4 September 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  38. ^ Sweet, Lynn (2014-03-26). "Planned Parenthood backs Schneider over Dold in Illinois 10". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  39. ^ "About Brad". Schneider for Congress. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  40. ^ "50 Richest Members of Congress". Roll Call. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  41. ^ "50 Richest Members of Congress". Roll Call. 2014-09-11. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  42. ^ Hinkel, Dan (Oct 18, 2012). "Democrat Schneider has a district drawn in his favor but an underfunded campaign". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  43. ^ Hinz, Greg (2014-08-18). "Tax talk still swirls around Schneider despite disclosure (of sorts)". Chicago Business. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  44. ^ "Dem Congressman Attacked Kochs While Wife Invested in Koch Company". Free Beacon. 8-6-14. Retrieved 4 September 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  45. ^ Sadin, Steve (2013-05-08). "From Israel, Schneider Sees Syrian Civil War Battle Erupt". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Dold
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 10th congressional district

January 3, 2013 – Present
Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Raul Ruiz
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Kyrsten Sinema