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Update: Schneider Thinks of People’s Struggles on Special Day

More than 40 people journey from North Shore and beyond to share Rep. Brad Schneider’s first day in Congress.

(Update at 7:20 p.m.) While sharing one of the proudest days of his life with family members and friends from the North Shore and beyond, Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) did not lose sight of the reason he became a member of Congress today.

“I am truly humbled to be able to serve the people of the 10th District and while today is a special day, families and small businesses across the country are still struggling,” Schneider said. “Congress must begin working for them again.”

The Deerfield Congressman plans to use his experience in the business world to help his constituents. “For more than 20 years, I've helped businesses, large and small, succeed, and I'm looking forward to drawing on this experience to help spur economic growth, promote creation of quality, well-paying jobs and strengthen the middle class," he said.

More than 40 people traveled to Washington to share the experience with Schneider and over 200 persons stopped by an office reception after today’s the opening session, according to Spokesperson Staci McCabe.

One of those people was David Golder of Glencoe who chaired Schneider’s finance committee during the fall campaign. It was the first time Golder attended a Congressional swearing in ceremony.

“At first it was surrealistic, like it was not really happening. Then I felt incredible pride for Brad and what he accomplished and what he represents,” Golder said. “We loved doing this for what he (Schneider) is and what we were able to accomplish,” he added referring to the recent campaign.

(Earlier at 12:51 p.m.) Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) made history today as the first citizen of the Village to become a member of Congress when he was sworn into office shortly after 11 a.m. on the floor of the United States House of Representatives.

Just after that, Schneider rose to answer his first roll call. He called out his vote for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to be speaker of the house. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) was chosen. The Republicans have a majority in the House.

Earlier: Kirk Climbs 237 Steps Returning to Senate

Schneider was joined on the floor of the House for the his first session by his wife, Julie Dann, and his sons, Dartmouth College sophomore Adam Schneider and Deerfield High School senior Daniel Schneider.

“It’s an incredible honor to represent and serve the people of the 10th Congressional District and help create meaningful change for Illinois families,” Schneider said. “Today, the real work begins, and I look forward to addressing the challenges before us."

Just before going into the House Chamber, Schneider joined the rest of the Illinois Congressional Delegation to welcome Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) back to Congress nearly a year after the senator suffered a stroke.

Schneider will open his District office at 111 Barclay Blvd., Suite 200, in Lincolnshire in the next few days, according to spokesperson Staci McCabe. Constituents needing his services now can call his Washington office (202-225-4835), according to McCabe.

Schneider is the first Democrat to represent the Cook County portion of the 10th Congressional District in over 30 years and the first to speak for the Lake County section ever, according to remarks Schneider made in his victory speech Nov. 6.

Patch will update this story later today with comments from some of the people from the North Shore who accompanied Schneider to Washington to share his first day in office.

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Linda Iovino January 03, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Congratulations to Rep. Brad Schneider! What a way to start the year!!! Thank you for representing us. Please make us proud.
McCloud January 03, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Let's Tax, Let's Spend, Shake your wallets down to the ground ...
Daniel Krudop January 04, 2013 at 12:56 PM
"He called out his vote for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to be speaker of the house." Speaker Boehner tried to avoid the "fiscal cliff" with his Plan B, which was basically a plan championed in the Senate by Senator Schumer. The only way the Speaker could get the plan through was with the support of the Democrats. Minority Leader Pelosi told her Party to vote against the proposal it it were to be put up for a vote. Her position was purely out of spite and intended to embarrass the Speaker. She put that above the American people. The first vote our new Representative places is in support of her. At least Representative Dold was, when doing what he thought was right foe the people, would vote against his party. I would follow the voting record of Rep. Dold. Guess I won't have to do that for Rep. Schneider. Just follow what Pelosi tells him to do.
HP Mom January 04, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Recession here we come!
Penny Weinberg January 04, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Good luck Some people only know negativism Which probably reflects their personal life and that's how we got where we are so maybe we should look for the positive
RB January 04, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Well, he voted for Hurricane Sandy relief today..... The House of Representatives passed $9.7 billion in aid for Hurricane Sandy victims by a 354-67 vote on Friday. All no votes came from Republicans. The Senate is expected to pass the measure later Friday and send it to President Barack Obama. I can imagine one of these Republican blow hards from the South who voted no coming back in a few months after a tornado takes out a few trailer parks asking for aid. It's crazy that what the Government does best (disaster relief) is not voted for. This vote today was for flood relief to prop up our flood relief agency that's had to deal with so many disasters this year. So, Republicans deny man made Global Warming and then vote to deny aid for disaster caused by it. Insane. Simply insane. Thanks Congressman Schneider for voting for disaster relief.
Jack Straw January 04, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Leave Brad alone, he only knows how to be a modern democrat. The man lives off his wife’s trust fund. The election for the 10th seat is a true disgrace and embracement to the hard working people of this district, Brad is completely unremarkable uninspiring and unqualified. Now one of my oldest friends just simply calls him a “schlemiel”, I like it.
Jack Straw January 04, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Truth shall set you free RB. The House sent a clean aid bill to the Senate. Reid and his cohorts loaded it with non-aid spending. So even if it was brought to the House floor for vote it wouldn't have passed. I would rather they do the right and moral thing instead of passing a bill loaded non aid spending. Most of the "pork" should have gone into the government budget process but gee Reid doesn't believe in budgets for the last 3 years. But for you children it’s just easier to say oh look at those mean republican. Honestly are there any grownups left.
Jack Straw January 04, 2013 at 06:03 PM
I want on your happy boat, row row row your boat merrily down the stream, life is but a dream. Your right the Niagara River sure looks beautiful.
McCloud January 04, 2013 at 07:31 PM
There goes just about all of the money expected from the fiscal cliff vote the other day. Oh well, Obama can print more money.
RB January 04, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Well, I don't know if that's true or not. I do know the 'fiscal cliff' bill that passed was loaded with 'pork' including $70 Million for NASCAR. Looks to me like your Republicans aren't afraid of a little Trichinosis themselves.
RB January 04, 2013 at 09:23 PM
And Mr. Dold was a self made man, no family business involved at all. Right!
dold's supporter February 03, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Mr. Dold told you voters how he run a small business and knows the challanges of running a business and bleah bleah yet he told a federal judge that he is "just one of the shareholders" of Rose Pest! See? When he needed credit with you dumb voters he was "business owner," and now when company is sued for breaking labor laws...he is just a passer-by, knows nothing, saw nothing, he is innocent hahahahha. Crook through and through. Happy he lost the election.
dold's supporter February 03, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Or, like your Republicans do, let's not pay employees jack, let's steal from their paychecks via schemes...Shakes your paychecks down to the ground :) and if you complain, you're fired! Republican Party is dead and you know it.

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