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 52)[1]
Denver, Colorado
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Julie
Children Daniel (18), Adam (19)
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) is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 10th congressional district, serving since 2013. Schneider, a former management consultant and industrial engineer from Deerfield, IL, won the March 20, 2012 primary election in a four way race against Ilya Sheyman, Vivek Bavda, and John Tree.[4] He faced Republican congressman Bob Dold in the November 6, 2012 general election and won with 50.5% of the vote. In 2014, he is running for re-election in a rematch against former Republican congressman Bob Dold.[5]

Early life, education, business career, and community involvement[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.[6][7]

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 consulting firm, Cadence Consulting Group, LLC, specializing in strategic planning for family owned businesses.[8][9][10]

Before running for Congress, Schneider was an active member of the Jewish community, doing outside work for the Jewish United Fund, AIPAC and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.[7][11]

House of Representatives[edit]




Schneider campaigned as a moderate Democrat,[13][14][15][16] and often described himself as a progressive.[17][18][19] 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."[10]


Schneider opposes any cuts the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative saying, "draconian cuts to this critical funding are unacceptable and leave our Great Lakes vulnerable to toxic waste, coastal erosion, decreasing water levels and invasive species."[20] He supports the new EPA carbon emission standards for power plants.[21] 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.[22]

Tax Policy[edit]

Schneider favors a mixture of spending cuts and tax increases to reduce the debt in a ratio of 3:1 respectively. He is open to cuts in across the budget including discretionary, defense and entitlement spending.[23] 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.[24]

Small Business Policy[edit]

Schneider introduced the Accelerate Our Startups Act to make growth accelerators available for smaller businesses.[25] He also was part of the bipartisan group that proposed the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act that makes it easier for startups to pitch to investors.[26]

Foreign Policy and National Security[edit]

He is in favor of "broad and deep" sanctions on Iran to encourage the end of their nuclear weapons program and sales to terrorist organizations as well as covert actions to delay the proliferation of weapons to Iran.[23] A long time advocate for AIPAC,[11] Schneider supports a strong relationship with Israel and the an eventual two-state solution.[27] As a Congressman, he led a JUF mission of 25 people to Israel in May 2013.[28] He is in favor of "broad and deep" sanctions on Iran to encourage the end of their nuclear weapons program and sales to terrorist organizations as well as covert actions to delay the proliferation of weapons to Iran.[23][29]

LGBTQ Community[edit]

Schneider advocates for full equality for the LGBTQ community including the right to marry and the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.[30][31] In Congress, he supported the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act.[32]


Schneider supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama; however, he supports reforms to fix problems found in the law and increase transparency.[33][34][35]


2012 election[edit]

Schneider defeated his opponents Ilya Sheyman, John Tree, and Vivek Bavda in the primary election on March 20, 2012 with 47% of the vote.[36] He faced Republican congressman Bob 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.[37][38] The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee placed significant focus on the race as part of their Red to Blue program.[39] Schneider eventually defeated Dold in the general election, 51%-49%, a difference of 3,326 votes.[40][41]

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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Schneider and his wife, Julie, live in Deerfield. They have two sons, Daniel and Adam.[42]


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  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. ^ Manchir, Michelle (2012-03-21). "Schneider wins Democratic nomination for North Shore congressional seat". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Hamid, Saba (2012-09-17). "Brad Schneider". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  7. ^ a b "Illinois, 10th House District: Brad Schneider". National Journal. November 1, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Cadence Consulting Group, LLC - Services". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  9. ^ "Brad Schneider". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ a b Sadin, Steve (March 6, 2013). "Schneider Experiences Role Reversal". Deerfield Patch. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Committees and Caucuses". Congressman Brad Schneider. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ Pema Levy March 21, 2012, 7:27 AM (2012-03-21). "Today On The Trail: March 21, 2012 | TPM2012". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  14. ^ Steinhauer, Jennifer (2012-03-20). "Close Republican Primary in Illinois House Race". Illinois: Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  15. ^ Felsenthal, Carol (2012-03-14). "Howard Dean on Ilya Sheyman, the Presidential Campaign, Iran, and More - Felsenthal Files - March 2012". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  16. ^ ouse-primaries-set-stage-for-major-2012-battleground/2012/03/19/gIQApiLQNS_blog.html
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  18. ^ SchneiderForCongress. "Brad Schneider - "Moving Forward"" YouTube. YouTube, 04 Mar. 2012. Web. 06 Mar. 2012. <>.
  19. ^ "More 10th District Local Officials Endorse Brad Schneider." Brad Schneider for Congress. Web. 06 Mar. 2012. <>
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  22. ^ "Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization Questionnaire" Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization. Web. 06 Mar. 2012. <>
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  24. ^ "Brad Schneider: Candidate Profile". 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
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  27. ^ 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. 
  28. ^ Sadin, Steve (2013-05-08). "From Israel, Schneider Sees Syrian Civil War Battle Erupt". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
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  33. ^ "2012 Election: Brad Schneider - Deerfield, IL Patch." Deerfield Patch. Web. 06 Mar. 2012. <>
  34. ^ "Health Care". Schneider for Congress. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  35. ^ Hinz, Greg (Jan. 16, 2014). "House asks for weekly Obamacare reports". Chicago Business. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Schneider survives in 10th district Dem primary - Chicago Sun-Times". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  37. ^ October 30, 2012. "2012 Congressional Elections Race Ratings Map". Roll Call. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  38. ^ "House Ratings". The Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  39. ^ "Illinois: DCCC Names Five Nominees to Red to Blue Program | At the Races". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  40. ^ "Illinois Election Results". Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  41. ^ "IL - District 10 Race - Nov 06, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  42. ^ "About Brad". Schneider for Congress. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 

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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