Bernie Sanders

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Bernie Sanders
U.S. Junior Senator, Vermont
Party Independent socalist
Assumed office (class 1)
Serving with: Patrick Leahy
January 3, 2007 —
Preceded by Jim Jeffords
Succeeded by
Birthdate September 8, 1941

Bernie Sanders is the independent socialist U.S. Senator from Vermont. After serving as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont and served eight terms as the U.S. Representative from Vermont, he was elected the first socialist United States Senator in 2006. He defeated Republican Bentley driving corporate executive Richard Tarrant even though Tarrant invested $7 million of his own money in the campaign.


Bernie Sanders in Quotes

"I believe that destiny has suggested that his small state of Vermont is going to lead America in a very different direction! And the day is going to come when people all over America will say, 'Thank you, Vermont.'" November 7, 2006


Sanders was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1941. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964. In 1981, he was elected Mayor of Burlington, VT. In 1990, he was elected to Vermont's at-large U.S. House seat. In the 1996 election Republican Newt Gingrich helped fund an unsuccessful effort to unseat him. Now Gingrich has become just one of many talking heads on Fox News and Sanders is in the U.S. Senate. In Congress, he founded the House Progressive Caucus, and was chairman of it for the first 8 years.


Contact Information

GovTrack link

External Links

  • House Webpage
  • Re-Election Home Page
  • Bennington Banner article
  • 2005 interview in The Progressive
  • Signed 2000 Letter Demanding ABM Test Inquiry

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