Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to speak at UofL

Feb. 12 event is through the McConnell Center's distinguished speaker program
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to speak at UofL

Sen. Chuck Schumer

U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will visit the University of Louisville Feb. 12 to take part in the McConnell Center's Distinguished Speaker Series. 

Senator Schumer (D-NY) will follow up his speech at the free, public event by taking questions from the audience. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. is expected to introduce Senator Schumer.

“We are honored to host Sen. Schumer,” said Gary Gregg, McConnell Center director. “During such a time of partisan strife in this country, what a remarkable chance we will have to see and hear from the two party leaders together on the same stage.”

Gregg said this is the second time the center has hosted both Senate leaders on the stage. The last time was in 2007 when former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., was a McConnell Center guest.


Schumer’s speech will be 9 a.m. in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center. Those wishing to attend must request individual tickets online from the McConnell Center. Tickets are required and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

About Sen. Schumer

Charles “Chuck” Schumer was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998. Throughout his time in the Senate, he has made improving New York’s economy his top priority. He has built a reputation as a leader and finds common-sense solutions to national issues and is a tireless fighter for New York. After New Yorkers re-elected him in 2004, Chuck secured two powerful posts: a seat on the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the nation’s tax, trade, social security and healthcare legislation, and the Chairmanship of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). Chuck successfully led the DSCC for two consecutive cycles and greatly expanded the number of seats in his conference. Following the elections of 2006, then-Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appointed Chuck to serve as Vice Chair of the Democratic Conference, the number three position on the Democratic Leadership team. In 2016, Chuck was once again re-elected by the people of New York and at the same time, his colleagues elected him to serve as Leader of the Democratic Caucus, the first time a New York Senator has held the position.