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North Shore U.S. Rep Brad Schneider says he's pulled in nearly $400k

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(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Brad Schneider shakes the president's hand the night of the State of the Union speech.

In the first quarter that he's served in Congress, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill) says he will report raising more than $390,000.

Schneider's crew notes that the fund-raising effort is key in "setting him up for a strong reelection. This total is more than his former opponent, Congressman Bob Dold, raised in his first quarter in 2011," the campaign said.

Though he was just sworn-in in January, Schneider is well aware that the man he beat -- Dold, a one-term congressman, is likely gearing up for another challenge. Democrats swept in most congressional races last year, a presidential election year when Democrats came out in force across the state. Republicans are already eyeing those same seats, hoping to wrestle them back in the next cycle.

"Representing the Tenth has been such an incredible responsibility and honor, and I am thrilled to see so many people are joining us in our fight to strengthen our local businesses, expand the middle class, pass sensible new gun measures and ensure marriage equality for all Americans," Schneider said in a prepared release.

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