Career: Business strategy consulting firm executive; management consulting firm owner; insurance agency executive; electric cable manufacturing company marketing director; industrial enginner
Political highlights: No previous office
Brad Schneider, D Ill.-10
Schneider has a straightforward response when asked why he decided to run for Congress: "Our kids deserve better; we deserve better; and we should be doing better."
Schneider says that the experiences of raising a family and owning a small business have most shaped the goals he has established for his time in Congress. His top priorities include fixing an economy struggling to grow, helping middle-class families who are facing economic uncertainty and helping young people concerned about their futures.
A key component of Schneider's goal of reshaping the economy is high school education. He believes that "every kid, regardless of where they are, deserves a good education" and that the United States should be graduating all of our students "career- or college-ready" in order to help young people reach their full potential.
Schneider's fiscal proposals include an overhaul of the tax code, with first allowing the George W. Bush-era tax cuts to expire.
As a professional consultant, Schneider says, he has made a career of finding common ground among different groups and developing solutions to difficult problems. It is this ability to bring together disparate groups that Schneider hopes will help him accomplish a top goal that he has laid out for the 113th Congress (2013-14): to help change the discourse and encourage the parties to work together.
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Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.