Current Position: US Representative for IL District 10 since 2017
Former Position(s): Financial consultant from 1988 – 2017
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Brad Schneider: ‘Our Future’
Source: Government page
Brad Schneider represents Illinois’s 10th District in the United States House of Representatives, where he is serving his fourth term. He is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He has previously served on the House Judiciary and Small Business committees.
As a member of Congress, Brad is focused on building a thriving economy that works for all Americans, and ensuring every family has affordable health care, quality education and a rising standard of living. He knows that our communities are stronger when small businesses invest and grow, our environment is healthy, and people are working together for a better future.
Brad is committed to tackling the challenges we face as a nation, including protecting Medicare and Social Security for future generations, reforming our broken immigration system, passing sensible gun safety legislation, and critically, urgently taking action to reduce the rate and address the impacts of global climate change.
He is also a staunch advocate for the rights of women, including ensuring equal pay for equal work and protecting every woman’s right to make her own health care decisions about her body. Brad also favors extending federal civil rights protections to the LGBTQ community and was a strong supporter of marriage equality long before he held public office.
Brad remains an influential voice on foreign affairs in Congress and believes our nation and world benefit when the United States exercises leadership and engages with the international community. A longtime proponent of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, Brad consistently leads on efforts in Congress to promote cooperation on security, counter Iran’s nefarious influence, and condemn efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Brad spent more than 20 years in business and management consulting, helping both large and family-owned businesses address the challenges of a changing economy and plan for the future. His professional experience has allowed him to see first-hand the challenges small businesses face when trying to hire new workers and grow their company, as well as the effect thriving small businesses can have on a community’s overall well-being.
At home, Brad has deep ties to the community, including service with organizations such as the Jewish United Fund, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Waukegan Public Library Foundation, B.E.S.T., the Coalition to Reduce Recidivism, and the Civic Leadership Foundation.
Brad earned a BS in industrial engineering and his MBA from Northwestern University.
Brad and his wife, Julie, have been residents of Deerfield for almost 30 years, where they created a home, built their careers, and, most importantly, raised two sons, Adam and Daniel.
One of Brad’s favorite pastimes was coaching his sons’ baseball and soccer teams for over 12 years. He now enjoys exploring the bike trails throughout the district.
- 115th Class Caucus
- Bipartisan Heroin Task Force
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- Blue Dog Coalition
- Congressional Animal Protection Caucus
- Congressional Black Jewish Caucus
- Congressional Bulgaria Caucus
- Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
- Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
- Congressional Caucus on Korea
- Congressional Chemistry Caucus
- Congressional Diabetes Caucus
- Congressional Fire Services Caucus
- Congressional Great Lakes Task Force
- Congressional Hellenic Israel Alliance
- Congressional Latino Jewish Caucus
- Congressional Manufacturing Caucus
- Congressional Reformers Caucus
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- Congressional Serbia Caucus
- Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease
- Democratic Israel Working Group
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- Financial Security and Life Insurance Caucus
- Friends of a Free, Stable, and Democratic Syria Caucus
- National Service Caucus
- New Democrat Coalition
- New Democrat Coalition Task Force on National Security
- New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force
- Primary Care Caucus
- Problem Solvers Caucus
- Rare Disease Legislative Caucus
- Skin Cancer Caucus
- Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition
- School Safety Caucus
- Healthcare Innovation Caucus
- Tech Accountability Caucus
Bradley Scott Schneider (born August 20, 1961) is an American businessman and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 10th congressional district since 2017, previously holding the position from 2013 to 2015. Before he was elected to Congress, Schneider worked as a management consultant and industrial engineer in Deerfield, Illinois. A member of the Democratic Party, he was first elected in 2012, narrowly defeating Republican incumbent Bob Dold. In 2014, he lost his bid for re-election in a rematch with Dold, and defeated Dold once again two years later, in their third consecutive matchup.
Early life, education and 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.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, Schneider worked on a kibbutz in Israel. He later returned to the Chicago area to receive an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1988, and worked for the consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
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 company, Cadence Consulting Group.
U.S House of Representatives
Schneider defeated Democratic opponents Ilya Sheyman, John Tree, and Vivek Bavda in the primary election on March 20, 2012 with 47% of the vote. 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. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee placed significant focus on the race as part of their Red to Blue Program. Schneider defeated Dold in the general election, 51%-49%; a difference of 3,326 votes.
Schneider ran 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. Schneider was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee‘s Frontline program, a committee program designed to protect the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents.
Schneider was defeated by Dold in the general election.
In March 2016, Schneider won the Democratic nomination for the 10th district seat, defeating Nancy Rotering, the mayor of Highland Park in the primary election. Schneider faced Republican incumbent Robert Dold in the November 2016 general election. He defeated Dold 52%-48%, with a difference of 13,916 votes.
Schneider ran for re-election, looking for his first consecutive re-election. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary election. Dold did not run again, so business consultant Douglas Bennett narrowly won the Republican nomination against doctor Sapan Shah and attorney Jeremy Wynes. Parting ways with the district’s reputation as a swing district, that year it was considered to be “Solid Democrat.” Schneider won re-election.
Schneider has stated he is “100 percent pro-choice”, and he 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 contraceptive options.
He supports EPA carbon emission standards for power plants. 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.
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. Schneider is a long time member of AIPAC.
Schneider supports same-sex marriage.
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. 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.
Schneider co-sponsored a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
- Committee on Ways and Means
- Committee on Small Business
|Republican||Robert Dold (incumbent)||130,564||49.37|
|Democratic||Brad Schneider (incumbent)||91,136||48.70|
|Republican||Robert Dold (incumbent)||135,535||47.39|
|Write-in votes||Joseph William Kopsick||26||0.01|
|Democratic||Brad Schneider (incumbent)||156,540||65.59|
|Republican||Douglas R. Bennett||82,124||34.41|
Schneider and his wife Julie live in Deerfield. They have two sons, Daniel and Adam.
In 2013, Roll Call reported that Schneider was the 35th most wealthy member of Congress. He ranked as the 34th wealthiest member of Congress in 2014. 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”.
In 2014, Schneider changed his filing status in a manner to prevent having to disclose his wife’s income.
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- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
House Committee on Ways and Means
- Subcommittee on Health
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
House Commitee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment and Cyber
- Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and Global Counterterrorism