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Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders.jpg
Offeecial Senate portrait o Sanders, 2007
Unitit States Senator
frae Vermont
Assumed office
Januar 3, 2007
Servin with Patrick Leahy
Precedit bi Jim Jeffords
Chairman o the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
In office
Januar 3, 2013 – Januar 3, 2015
Precedit bi Patty Murray
Succeedit bi Johnny Isakson
Member o the U.S. Hoose o Representatives
frae Vermont's at-large destrict
In office
Januar 3, 1991 – Januar 3, 2007
Precedit bi Peter Plympton Smith
Succeedit bi Peter Welch
37t Mayor o Burlington
In office
Aprile 6, 1981 – Aprile 4, 1989
Precedit bi Gordon Paquette
Succeedit bi Peter Clavelle
Personal details
Born Bernard Sanders
(1941-09-08) September 8, 1941 (age 75)
Brooklyn, New York Ceety, U.S.
Poleetical pairty Liberty Union (Afore 1979)
Independent (1979–2015)
Democratic (2015–present)
Spoose(s) Deborah Shiling (1964–1966)
Jane O’Meara (1988–present)
Domestic partner Susan Mott (1969)[1]
Bairns 1; 3 step-bairns
Residence Burlington, Vermont, U.S.
Alma mater Brooklyn College (1959–60)
Varsity o Chicago (1960–64)
Signatur
Wabsteid Senate website
Campaign wabsteid

Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politeecian. He is a Unitit States Senator frae Vermont. Afore servin in the Senate, he representit Vermont's at-large congressional district in the Unitit States Hoose o Representatives an served as mayor of Burlington.

Syne his election tae the Senate, Sanders haes emergit as a leadin progressive vyce on issues lik income inequality,[2] climate chynge,[3] an campaign finance reform.[4] He rose tae naitional prominence on the heels of his 2010 filibuster[5][6] of the proposit extension o the Bush-era tax rates for the wealthy. Sanders is an aa outspoken on ceevil liberties issues, an haes been pairteecularly creetical o mass surveillance policies such as the Patriot Act.[7][8]

On Aprile 30, 2015, Sanders annooncit his candidacy in the 2016 Unitit States presidential election in an address on the Capitol lawn.[9][10][11]

Early life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sanders wis born in Brooklyn, New York tae Eli Sanders and tae Dorothy Glassberg.[12][13] His parents war Polish Jewish immigrants who moved tae New York during the early years of World War II.[14]

Sanders studied at Brooklyn College and at the University of Chicago. He wis ane of thousands of students who traveled bi bus tae Washington, D.C., tae tak pairt in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.[15]

Early career (1981-2006)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Efter severel unsuccessfil runs for office, Sanders wis elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont's lairgest ceety, in 1981. He wis reelected tae three mair twa-year mayoral terms afore bein elected tae represent Vermont's at-large congressional district in the United States House of Representatives in 1990. He served as a congressman for 16 years.

U.S. senator (2007-present)[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sanders bein sworn-in as senator bi Vice President Dick Cheney, 2007

Sanders wis elected tae succeed the retiring Republican-turned-independent Jim Jeffords in the U.S. Senate in 2006. In 2012 he wis reelected bi a landslide. Sanders wis the anly independent member of the House during maist of his service and is the langest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history.[16]

Syne his election tae the Senate, Sanders haes emerged as a leadin progressive vyce on issues lik income inequality,[2] climate chynge,[3] and campaign finance reform.[17] He rose tae naitional prominence on the heels of his 2010 filibuster[6][18] of the proposed extension of the Bush-era tax rates for the wealthy.

Sanders is an aa outspoken on civil liberties issues, an haes been parteecularly critical of mass surveillance policies such as the Patriot Act.[7][8]

Sanders is the langest servin Independent member o Congress in American history.[19]

2016 presidential campaign[eedit | eedit soorce]

Bernie Sanders talking tae voters in Minnesota

In an interview wi The Nation on Mairch 6, 2014, Sanders statit that he wis "preparit to run for Preses o the Unitit States" in 2016[20] but did nae offeecially annoonce a campaign.

On Aprile 28, 2015, Vermont Public Radio reportit that Sanders would annoonce his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Aprile 30.[21][22] The offeecial announcement came on Mey 26 in Burlington, Vermont.

Personal life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sanders haes been marrit tae Jane O'Meara Driscoll. Thay hae fower childer.

Sanders self-identifies as Jawwish culturally but states that he is nae a religious fowk. He admires Pope Francis an says he feels “very close to the teachins o Pope Francis,” who he describes as “incredibly smart an brave."[23]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' 1960s love life revealed". Mail Online. Julie 9, 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bernie Sanders confirms presidential run and damns America's inequities. The Guardian, April 29, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Totten, Shay (Januar 15, 2007). "Sanders to push global warming legislation in Senate". Vermont Guardian. Retrieved August 4, 2009. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, said Monday he was making good on at least one of a handful of campaign promises — introducing a bill designed to cut U.S. contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade. ... Sanders added that construction of new power plants is "extraordinarily expensive" and he would prefer to see federal funding support used to expand the development of sustainable energy, as well as biofuels. 
  4. "Sanders, Bernie "If We Don't Overturn Citizens United, The Congress Will Become Paid Employees of the Billionaire Class"". Huffington Post. December 10, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  5. "Senator Sanders Filibuster". C-SPAN. Mairch 22, 2015. Retrieved Juin 1, 2015. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Memoli, Michael "Sen. Bernie Sanders ends filibuster"". Los Angeles Times. December 10, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Rand Paul, Bernie Sanders Revel in NSA Ruling. The Guardian, April 29, 2015.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sanders Senate Speech on Surveillance.
  9. "Sanders takes on 'billionaire class' in launching 2016 bid against Clinton". The Washington Post. Aprile 30, 2015. Retrieved Aprile 30, 2015. 
  10. Rappeport, Alan (Aprile 29, 2015). "Bernie Sanders Announces He Is Running for President". New York Times. Retrieved Aprile 30, 2015. 
  11. "Sanders Is Running — Just Don't Say 'Hillary' -- NYMag". Daily Intelligencer. 
  12. Leibovich, Mark (Januar 21, 2007). "The Socialist Senator". New York Times. 
  13. Who's Who in American Politics – Google Books. Books.google.ca. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  14. Amita Kelly (April 29, 2015). 5 Things You Should Know About Bernie Sanders. NPR. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  15. Barre Montpelier Times Argus (August 25, 2013). "Sanders was part of 1963 March on Washington". timesargus.com. 
  16. "Bernie Sanders: Biography." Biography.com.
  17. "Sanders, Bernie "If We Don't Overturn Citizens United, The Congress Will Become Paid Employees of the Billionaire Class"". Huffington Post. December 10, 2010. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  18. "Senator Sanders Filibuster". CSPAN. Mairch 22, 2015. Retrieved Juin 1, 2015. 
  19. "Bernie Sanders: Fast Facts". CNN.com. Retrieved Juin 8, 2015. 
  20. Nichols, John (Mairch 6, 2014). "Bernie Sanders: 'I Am Prepared to Run for President of the United States'". The Nation. Retrieved Mairch 6, 2014. 
  21. "Bernie Sanders to Announce Presidential Bid on Thursday". NBCNews.com. Aprile 28, 2015. Retrieved Aprile 28, 2015. 
  22. Levine, Sam (Aprile 28, 2015). "Bernie Sanders To Launch Presidential Campaign". The Huffington Post. Archived frae the oreeginal on Aprile 28, 2015. Retrieved Aprile 28, 2015. 
  23. Markoe, Lauren (30 Aprile 2015). "5 Faith Facts About Unabashedly Irreligious Bernie Sanders". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 Juin 2015. 

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