Senator Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders is a U.S. Senator from Vermont. In 2006, he was elected to the U.S. Senate after 16 years as Vermont’s sole congressman in the House of Representatives. Bernie is now serving his third term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2018 with 67 percent of the vote. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he attended James Madison High School, Brooklyn College, and the University of Chicago.
After graduating, he moved to Vermont where he worked as a carpenter and documentary filmmaker. In 1981, he was elected as mayor of Burlington, the state’s largest city, by a mere 10 votes.
As mayor, Bernie’s leadership helped transform Burlington into one of the most exciting and liveable small cities in America.
Under his administration, the city made major strides in affordable housing, progressive taxation, environmental protection, childcare, women’s rights, youth programmes and the arts.
In Congress, Bernie has fought tirelessly for working families, focusing on the shrinking middle-class and growing gap between the rich and everyone else. Bernie has been called a “practical and successful legislator” and he was dubbed the “amendment king” in the House of Representatives for passing more amendments than any other member of Congress.
Bernie lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife Jane.