Bradley Scott Schneider (born August 20, 1961) is an American 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. In 2014, he lost his bid for re-election in a rematch against former Republican Congressman Robert Dold. Two years later, he defeated Dold in a second rematch.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Illinois's 10th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Bob Dold|
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Bob Dold|
|Succeeded by||Bob Dold|
Bradley Scott Schneider
August 20, 1961
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Julie Dann (m. 1989)
|Education||Northwestern University (BS, MBA)|
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. 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 work 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.
Schneider campaigned as a moderate Democrat, and often described himself as a progressive. 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."
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.
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.
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.
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 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 House 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 did not face an opponent in the Primary election. Douglas Bennett narrowly won the Republican nomination against Dr. Sapan Shah and local attorney Jeremy Wynes. Parting ways with the district's reputation as a swing district, this year it is considered to be "Solid Democrat."
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.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 10th congressional district
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 10th congressional district
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| United States Representatives by seniority
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