|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 10th district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Robert Dold|
August 20, 1961 |
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Children||Daniel (18), Adam (19)|
|Alma mater||Cherry Creek High School
Northwestern University (B.A.)
Northwestern University (M.B.A.)
|Occupation||Business Management Consultant and Industrial Engineer|
|Website||Representative Brad Schneider|
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, won the March 20, 2012 primary election in a four way race against Ilya Sheyman, Vivek Bavda, and John Tree. He faced Republican congressman Bob Dold in the November 6, 2012 general election and won the district with 50.5% of the vote.
Early life, education, and business career
Schneider was born on August 20, 1961, in Denver, Colorado, where he graduated from Cherry Creek High School. In 1983, after receiving a B.A. from Northwestern University in Industrial Engineering, Schneider worked on a kibbutz in Israel. He later returned to Northwestern to receive a M.B.A. from the Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1988.
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.
U.S. House of Representatives
Schneider defeated his opponents Ilya Sheyman, John Tree, and Vivek Bavda in the primary election on March 20, 2012 with 47% of the vote. and faced Republican congressman Bob Dold in the general election on November 6, 2012. The non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report reported the 10th district election as "Leans Democrat" while Roll Call categorized the race as a toss up. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee placed significant focus on the race as part of their Red to Blue program. Schneider eventually defeated Dold in the general election, 51%-49%, a difference of just 3,326 votes.
Some consider him as a moderate Democrat but he describes himself as a progressive. Schneider clarified in a Chicago Magazine interview: "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." Schneider is endorsed by the New Democrat Coalition, a group of moderate, pro-growth Democrats in the House, but he has no intention of joining the Blue Dog Coalition.
In Congress on July 24rth, 2013, Representative Schneider voted against the “Amash Amendment”. This Amendment would have ceased the warrantless mass-surveillance practices, those delineated by the leaks of Edward Snowden and reported on by Glenn Greenwald, of the National Security Agency, which continues to spy on all phone calls and emails that take place in and are routed through the United States of America. Also, "[t]he amendment, introduced by Republican Justin Amash, failed 205-217 - a 12-vote margin. Despite its GOP origins, more Democrats than Republicans voted in affirmation to the amendment" - with both Democratic and Republican leaderships voting in negation.
Moreover, he has authored a few pieces of legislation like the Israel Qualitative Military Edge Enhancement Act with Republican Congressman Doug Collins and the America Works Act with Congressman Lou Barletta.
Schneider is endorsed by both the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and the Sierra Club. In their decision to support Brad, LCV cited Schneider's opponent Robert Dold and his low marks on environmental votes his first year in office, as well as his vote to cut $250 million from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Schneider supports cap-and-trade, incentives for businesses to develop alternative energy systems, and tax credits for individuals to implement sustainable and renewable energy improvements in their homes.
Schneider supports the repeal of the Bush tax cuts and supports “long-term, comprehensive tax reform” that would include heavier taxes on those with high incomes. On the topic of taxes Schneider has stated, "I believe in a progressive tax structure that fairly distributes the costs of government in a way that those of us fortunate to have more, carry more of the burden. But at the same time, everyone must have a stake in setting our priorities as well as supporting the costs."
His economic plan consists of targeted tax incentives for small and medium sized businesses who create jobs. He is in favor of infrastructure investment through a national infrastructure bank. He is strongly in support of public/private partnerships for research and development in new infrastructure and technology.
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.
Schneider supports President Obama's timetables for withdrawal from Afghanistan, and also supports long-term economic partnerships. 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. He is for increased economic cooperation with China while still holding them accountable for their human rights violations. Schneider advocates for a strong relationship with Israel and their mutual recongnition of an independent State of Palestine. He is endorsed by Council for a Livable World, a nuclear watchdog group. He is a supporter of the Israel advocacy group AIPAC and he also supports JStreet. As a Congressman, he led a JUF mission of 25 people to Israel in May 2013.
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Committee on Small Business
Schneider is running for re-election, challenged again by Republican Robert Dold.
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- "FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 412". Retrieved 28 July 2013.
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- "The Amash Amendment Fails, Barely". Retrieved 28 July 2013.
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- Strong Support For Environment Earns Schneider League of Conservation Voters Action Fund Endorsement, Jeff Gohringer, Press Release, July 17, 2012
- "Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization Questionnaire" Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization. Web. 06 Mar. 2012. <http://www.iviipo.org/CandidateAnswers2012Primary.htm>
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- "Brad Schneider - 10th Congress - Chicago Tribune editorial board questionnaire". Elections.chicagotribune.com. 1940-01-31. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
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- "Council for a Livable World: Brad Schneider (D-IL) for House". Livableworld.org. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- Sadin, Steve (2013-03-06). "Schneider Experiences Role Reversal". deerfield.patch.com. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoR1Go-KFrk. Missing or empty
- Sadin, Steve (2013-05-08). "From Israel, Schneider Sees Syrian Civil War Battle Erupt". deerfield.patch.com. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
- Congressman Brad Schneider official U.S. House site
- Brad Schneider for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Congressional profile at Roll Call
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- 2012 candidate questionnaire and video at ABC 7 Chicago
- Politics 10th District debate centered on party platform, ABC 7 Chicago, October 13, 2012, complete video
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 10th congressional district
January 3, 2013 – Present
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