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Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders.jpg
Official Senate portrait of Sanders, 2007
Unitit States Senator
frae Vermont
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Servin with Patrick Leahy
Precedit biJim Jeffords
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2015
Precedit biPatty Murray
Succeedit biJohnny Isakson
Member o the U.S. Hoose o Representatives
frae Vermont's at-large destrict
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 2007
Precedit biPeter Plympton Smith
Succeedit biPeter Welch
37t Mayor o Burlington
In office
April 6, 1981 – April 4, 1989
Precedit biGordon Paquette
Succeedit biPeter Clavelle
Personal details
BornBernard Sanders
(1941-09-08) 8 September 1941 (age 78)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Poleetical pairtyLiberty Union (Afore 1979)
Independent (1979–2015)
Democratic (2015–present)
Spoose(s)Deborah Shiling (1964–1966)
Jane O’Meara (1988–present)
Domestic partnerSusan Mott (1969)[1]
Bairns1; 3 step-bairns
ResidenceBurlington, Vermont, U.S.
Alma materBrooklyn College (1959–60)
Varsity o Chicago (1960–64)
Signatur
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Campaign wabsteid

Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician. He is a United States Senator from Vermont. Before serving in the Senate, he represented Vermont's at-large congressional district in the United States House of Representatives and served as mayor of Burlington.

Since his election to the Senate, Sanders has emerged as a leading progressive voice on issues like income inequality,[2] climate change,[3] and campaign finance reform.[4] He rose to national 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 as outspoken on civil liberties issues, and has been particularly critical of mass surveillance policies since the Patriot Act.[7][8]

On April 30, 2015, Sanders announced 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 was born in Brooklyn, New York to Eli Sanders and Dorothy Glassberg.[12][13] His parents were Polish Jewish immigrants who moved to New York during the early years of World War II.[14]

Sanders studied at Brooklyn College and at the University of Chicago. He was one of thousands of students who traveled by bus to Washington, D.C., to take part in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.[15]

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

After several unsuccessful runs for office, Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont's largest city, in 1981. He was reelected to three more two-year mayoral terms before being elected to 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 was elected to succeed the retiring Republican-turned-independent Jim Jeffords in the U.S. Senate in 2006. In 2012 he was reelected by a landslide. Sanders was the only independent member of the House during most of his service and is the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history.[16]

Since his election to the Senate, Sanders has emerged as a leading progressive voice on issues like income inequality,[2] climate change,[3] and campaign finance reform.[17] He rose to national 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 as outspoken on civil liberties issues, and has been particularly critical of mass surveillance policies since the Patriot Act.[7][8]

Sanders is the longest serving Independent member of Congress in American history.[19]

2016 presidential campaign[eedit | eedit soorce]

Bernie Sanders talking to voters in Minnesota

In an interview with The Nation on March 6, 2014, Sanders stated that he was "prepared to run for President of the United States" in 2016[20] but did not offically announce a campaign.

On April 28, 2015, Vermont Public Radio reported that Sanders had announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on April 30.[21][22] The official announcement came on May 26 in Burlington, Vermont.

Personal life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sanders has been married to Jane O'Meara Driscoll. They have four children.

Sanders self-identifies as Jewish culturally but states that he is not religious. He admires Pape Francis an says he feels “very close to the teachings of 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. July 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 (January 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. March 22, 2015. Retrieved June 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. April 30, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  10. Rappeport, Alan (April 29, 2015). "Bernie Sanders Announces He Is Running for President". New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  11. "Sanders Is Running — Just Don't Say 'Hillary' -- NYMag". Daily Intelligencer. 
  12. Leibovich, Mark (January 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. March 22, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  19. "Bernie Sanders: Fast Facts". CNN.com. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  20. Nichols, John (March 6, 2014). "Bernie Sanders: 'I Am Prepared to Run for President of the United States'". The Nation. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  21. "Bernie Sanders to Announce Presidential Bid on Thursday". NBCNews.com. April 28, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  22. Levine, Sam (April 28, 2015). "Bernie Sanders To Launch Presidential Campaign". The Huffington Post. Archived frae the oreeginal on April 28, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  23. Markoe, Lauren (30 April 2015). "5 Faith Facts About Unabashedly Irreligious Bernie Sanders". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 

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