• SANDERS, BERNARD
Candidate for 2016 Presidential Election
Experience: Senator, United States Senate, 2006-present
Campaign Status: Dropped out
Home State: Vermont
Total Raised: $229,115,617Coverage End: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Campaign Website: https://berniesanders.com/
Campaign Social Media
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Personal

    Full Name: Bernard 'Bernie' Sanders
    Gender: Male
    Family: Wife: Jane; 4 Children: Levi, Heather, Carina, David
    Birth Date: 09/08/1941
    Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
    Home City: Burlington, VT
    Religion: Jewish

Education

    Attended, Brooklyn College
    BS, University of Chicago, 1964

Political Experience

    Senator, United States Senate, 2006-present
    Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1990-2006
    Mayor, City of Burlington, 1981-1989
    Candidate, United States House of Representatives, 1988
    Candidate, Governor of Vermont, 1972, 1976, 1986
    Candidate, United States Senate, 1972, 1974

Current Legislative Committees

    Budget, Ranking Member
    Energy and Natural Resources, Member
    Environment and Public Works, Member
    Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Member
    Subcommittee on Children and Families, Member
    Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, Member
    Subcommittee on Energy, Member
    Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, Member
    Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy, Member
    Subcommittee on National Parks, Member
    Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security, Ranking Member
    Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Member
    Subcommittee on Water and Power, Member
    Veterans' Affairs, Member

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees

    Co-Chair, Prescription Drug Task Force
    Former Chair, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, United States Senate
    Co-Chair, Congressional Child Care Caucus, 2003-2004
    Officer, Congressional Progressive Caucus, 1991-1998
    Co-Founder, Congressional Progressive Caucus, 1991

Professional Experience

    Author
    Former Documentary Filmmaker
    Former Carpenter
    Journalist
    Lecturer, Hamilton College, 1989-1990
    Lecturer, Harvard University, 1989
    Director, American People's Historical Society, 1977

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

    Member, Coalition on Population and Development
    Member, Friends of Ireland
    Former Member, Liberty Union Party
    Member, National Guard and Reserve Components Organization
    Member, Northeast-Midwest Coalition

Additional Information

Priority Issues:

    Progressive Tax Reform
    Worker's Rights
    A National Energy Policy
    The Environment
    Justice and Equality For All
    National Healthcare
    Getting Our Priorities Right
    A Strong Safety Net

Publications:

    Absolutely Absurd: The Life & Times of Bernie Sanders (Sleepy Hollow Press, 2002)-Outsider in the House (Verso, 1997)

About Bernie Sanders

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Bernard “Bernie” Sanders is the son of Polish Jewish immigrants. While his higher education began with the study of psychology in Brooklyn, he soon transferred to the University of Chicago, where he ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. His political activities during his academic career consisted mostly of contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, as he was a student organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. After college, he moved to Vermont and worked in several fields, including carpentry, film-making, writing, and research.

Sanders began a humble political career in 1971, experiencing frustrating results for the following ten years. It was not until 1981, after a brief break from politics, that he found major success in the field by winning election to the office of Mayor in Burlington. He held this role until 1989, when he opted not to seek reelection and began teaching political science at Harvard University. Sanders returned to politics again in 1991 and won the seat for Vermont's at-large congressional district, becoming the first Independent in congress in over 40 years.

Although Sanders traditionally runs as an Independent and describes himself as a “Democratic Socialist”, he caucuses with the Democratic Party and generally enjoys their support. In 2005, Sanders declared himself a candidate for Senate representing Vermont, following the retirement of Jim Jeffords. Critically, his campaign won the endorsement of New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Schumer's support meant that, although Sanders was as usual running as an Independent, any Democrat attempting to run against him would receive no financial help from the party. He also received endorsements from such notable Democrats as Harry Reid, Howard Dean, and even Barack Obama. Sanders would go on to win this Senate seat, and was reelected in 2012 with an impressive 71% of the vote.

Total: 121
Dejected Bernie Sanders Supporters Are Still Not Ready For Hillary

A sizable number of them just aren’t with her.

07/28/2016
By Eliot Nelson | The Huffington Post
Sanders Delegate Protests Clinton Nomination With Middle Finger On Live TV

Despite backlash, the Hawaii delegate says she has no regrets.

07/27/2016
By Chris D’Angelo | The Huffington Post
Bernie Sanders Will Endorse Hillary Clinton Next Week: Report

The announcement will be an important step toward uniting Democrats ahead of this month’s convention.

07/07/2016
By Marina Fang | The Huffington Post
Bernie Sanders Booed By House Democrats For Refusal To Endorse Hillary Clinton

Members want a timeline for when he will endorse Clinton. Sanders isn’t ready to give them one.

07/06/2016
By Sam Stein & Amanda Terkel | The Huffington Post
Bernie Sanders has won some big concessions. But he still won’t endorse Hillary Clinton.

His window may be closing.

06/27/2016
By Greg Sargent | The Washington Post
Bernie Sanders Mounts Democratic Convention Platform Fight

He successfully got some of his policy proposals into the initial draft of the Democratic platform but is determined to press further.

06/26/2016
By Marina Fang | The Huffington Post
Bernie Sanders: ‘It Doesn’t Appear That I’m Going To Be The Nominee’

He pledged to continue his work to transform the Democratic party.

06/22/2016
By Sam Levine | The Huffington Post
Sanders' anti-superdelegate push gains steam in Senate

A growing number of senators back changes to a system critics say gives party bosses undue sway to decide the nominee.

06/21/2016
By Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim | POLITICO
Yes, Bernie Has Leverage. Deal With It.

Sanders received a mandate in “defeat” that most politicians never achieve in victory.

06/20/2016
By Richard (RJ) Eskow | ALTERNET
Sanders refuses to concede in speech to supporters

Bernie Sanders refused to formally concede the race for the Democratic presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton on Thursday night in a lengthy address to his supporters.

06/16/2016
By Ben Kamisar and Jonathan Easley | The Hill
Sanders demands Democratic Party reforms

Bernie Sanders delivered a simple message Tuesday at a press conference outside his campaign's Capitol Hill office: The Democratic Party needs to be transformed, and he plans to push for that all the way through the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

06/14/2016
By Daniel Strauss and Seung Min Kim | POLITICO
Sanders: Don’t blame Islam for Orlando shooting

Bernie Sanders on Tuesday lashed out at those who blame Islam for the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

06/14/2016
By Jonathan Easley | The Hill
Bernie Sanders Calls For ‘Fundamental Transformation’ Of The Democratic Party

He demanded reforms as he prepared for a meeting with Hillary Clinton.

06/14/2016
By Samantha Lachman | The Huffington Post
Bernie's legacy: One of the most valuable donor lists ever

ActBlue has more than 3 million credit cards on file, a serious technological advantage for Democrats raising money.

06/06/2016
By Shane Goldmacher | POLITICO
Obama flips to Sanders’ side, calls for expansion of Social Security benefits

The last time President Obama signed on to a plan to save Social Security, nearly five years ago, he agreed to a proposal that would have reduced the growth of benefits.

06/05/2016
Dave Boyer | The Washington Times
Bernie Sanders Steps Up Feud With Democratic Establishment

Sanders has ignored growing Democratic calls to step aside and repeated his vow to stay in the race until the party convention.

05/22/2016
By John Whitesides | REUTERS
Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Is Feeling The Money Burn

Sanders’ campaign entered May with a cash balance that was dwarfed by Hillary Clinton’s.

05/20/2016
By Paul Blumenthal | The Huffington Post
Clinton and Sanders must make peace

The success of Bernie Sanders’s insurgency is a marvel and an achievement.

05/18/2016
By E.J. Dionne Jr. | Washingtonpost
Total: 20
Issue Title Candidate's Answers
1. Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

Strongly Support
2. Stricter punishment reduces crime

Strongly Oppose
3. Marijuana is a gateway drug

Strongly Oppose
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy

Strongly Support
5. Stimulus better than market-led recovery

Strongly Support
6. Vouchers for school choice

Strongly Oppose
7. Make voter registration easier

Strongly Support
8. Prioritize green energy

Strongly Support
9. Avoid foreign entanglements

Strongly Support
10. Expand the military

Strongly Oppose
11. Support & expand free trade

Strongly Oppose
12. Support American Exceptionalism

Strongly Oppose
13. Absolute right to gun ownership

No Opinion
14. Expand ObamaCare

Strongly Support
15. Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Support
16. EPA regulations are too restrictive

Strongly Oppose
17. Keep God in the public sphere

Strongly Oppose
18. Legally require hiring more women & minorities

Strongly Support
19. Comfortable with same-sex marriage

Strongly Support
20. Privatize Social Security

Strongly Oppose
Total: 764
Introduced Date Bill Number Bill Title Last Action
06/11/2015 S.1564 Guaranteed Paid Vacation Act 06/11/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
06/04/2015 S.1506 Employ Young Americans Now Act 06/04/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
05/19/2015 S.1373 College for All Act 05/19/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
05/19/2015 S.1371 Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2015 05/19/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
05/18/2015 S.1366 A bill to amend the charter of the Gold Star Wives of America to remove the restriction on the federally chartered corporation, and directors and officers of the corporation, attempting to influence... 05/18/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
05/18/2015 S.1364 Medicaid Generic Drug Price Fairness Act of 2015 05/18/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
05/06/2015 S.1206 Too Big To Fail, Too Big To Exist Act 05/06/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
04/22/2015 S.1041 End Polluter Welfare Act of 2015 04/22/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
04/15/2015 S.964 Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Act of 2015 04/15/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
04/14/2015 S.922 Corporate Tax Dodging Prevention Act 04/14/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
03/26/2015 S.878 A bill to establish a State residential building energy efficiency upgrades loan pilot program. 04/30/2015 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Hearings held.
03/12/2015 S.731 Social Security Expansion Act 03/12/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
02/25/2015 S.570 Comprehensive Dental Reform Act of 2015 02/25/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
01/27/2015 S.268 Rebuild America Act of 2015 01/27/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
01/21/2015 S.J.Res.4 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people that were taken away by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens... 01/21/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
11/26/2014 S.885 A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 35 Park Street in Danville, Vermont, as the "Thaddeus Stevens Post Office". 11/26/2014 Became Public Law No: 113-189. (TXT | PDF)
11/20/2014 S.2948 Medicaid Generic Drug Price Fairness Act 11/20/2014 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
11/18/2014 S.Res.577 A resolution permitting the collection of clothing, toys, food, and housewares during the holiday season for charitable purposes in Senate buildings. 11/18/2014 Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
11/12/2014 S.2918 Democracy Day Act of 2014 11/12/2014 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
09/18/2014 S.2905 Carbon Pollution Transparency Act of 2014 09/18/2014 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Budget.
Total: 270
Date Bill Number Bill Title Result Vote
06/03/2015 S.Amdt.1578 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 71 Yeas - 25 Nays Nay
05/19/2015 S.Amdt.1388 Trade Act of 2015 62 Yeas - 37 Nays Nay
05/18/2015 S.Amdt.1299 Trade Act of 2015 62 Yeas - 37 Nays Nay
05/14/2015 S.Amdt.1242 Trade Act of 2015 62 Yeas - 37 Nays Nay
04/14/2015 S.Amdt.1117 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 92 Yeas - 8 Nays Yea
03/26/2015 S.Amdt.1062 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017... 51 Yeas - 48 Nays Nay
03/26/2015 S.Amdt.1042 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017... 51 Yeas - 48 Nays Nay
03/26/2015 S.Amdt.1012 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017... 51 Yeas - 48 Nays Nay
03/26/2015 S.Amdt.966 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017... 51 Yeas - 48 Nays Nay
03/25/2015 S.Amdt.918 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017... 51 Yeas - 48 Nays Nay
03/25/2015 S.Amdt.828 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017... 51 Yeas - 48 Nays Nay
03/25/2015 S.Amdt.652 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017... 51 Yeas - 48 Nays Nay
03/24/2015 S.Amdt.471 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017... 51 Yeas - 48 Nays Nay
03/24/2015 S.Amdt.432 An original concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017... 51 Yeas - 48 Nays Nay
03/12/2015 S.Amdt.300 Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 99 Yeas - 0 Nays Yea
01/26/2015 S.Amdt.156 Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act 62 Yeas - 37 Nays Nay
01/22/2015 S.Amdt.115 Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act 62 Yeas - 37 Nays Nay
01/20/2015 S.Amdt.74 Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act 62 Yeas - 37 Nays Nay
01/13/2015 S.Amdt.29 Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act 62 Yeas - 37 Nays Nay
11/18/2014 S.Amdt.3947 USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 58 Yeas - 42 Nays Yea
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carcia
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I support him, he'll be the president.

  • 02/24/2016