Bernie Sanders is an American politician who kicked off his political career as the Mayor of Burlington (which is the biggest city in Vermont) between 1981 and 1989. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 and became the longest-serving independent member in the history of the U.S. Congress. He then moved to the national political scene and since 2007, Sanders has served in the Senate of United States as the Junior Senator from Vermont and was re-elected in 2012. He announced his plans to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2015 before he eventually lost the nomination to Hillary Clinton. On February 19, 2019, he revealed his plans to contest for president again in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Bernie Sanders Bio: Age, Parents, Early Life And Education
Independent politician Bernard “Bernie” Sanders was born on the 8th of September, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York to Ben Yehuda Sanders and Dorothy “Dora” Sanders. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Poland and he was the youngest of the two sons. His father worked as a paint salesman. Together with his elder brother, Larry, Bernie lived in Brooklyn where he attended James Madison High school and likewise, Hebrew school in the afternoons. After just a year (1959 to 1960) of studying at Brooklyn College, he transferred to the University of Chicago. During his university days, Sanders became involved in the Civil Rights Movement. As a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), he participated in a sit-in against the segregation of off-campus housing in 1962.
He also served as organizer for the student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.Sanders was part of those that participated in the March on Washington in 1963. He graduated from the university in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. After completing his university education in 1964, Sanders lived on a Kibbutz in Israel before settling down in Vermont. When he settled down in Vermont, he took up a number of jobs including filmmaker, freelance writer, psychiatric aide and teacher for low-income children through Head Start. All this while, his interest for politics was growing.
Bernie Sanders Political Career
Being part of a struggling working-class family, Sanders recognized early on America’s economic inequality. In one of his interviews with The Guardian newspaper, he was quoted as saying “I saw unfairness,” and he accounts this as the major inspiration in his politics. He also counts American socialist leader, Eugene V. Debs, as an important influence. In the 70s, Sanders made many unfruitful attempts at public office as a member of the anti-war Liberty Union Party before he left the party in 1979. His first major political breakthrough came by the slightest of margin in 1981 when he was elected Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, by only 12 votes.
In 1990, Bernie Sanders was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and he went on to serve in the Congress for 16 years, making him the longest-serving politician in the history of the U.S. Congress. In 2006, he won election into the U.S. Senate and was re-elected in 2012 and 2018. In April 2015, Sanders first announced that he was seeking for Democratic presidential nomination, which he eventually lost to Hillary Clinton. On February 19, 2019, the 78-year-old Senator announced he would again seek the Democratic Party’s Nomination for the 2020 presidential election and has launched a campaign already.
Bernie Sanders Published Works
In 2017, Sanders published a literary work which is titled Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution
Bernie Sanders Personal Life And Family
In 1964, Sanders married his first wife, Deborah Shiling Messing, who was his college sweetheart but they divorced two years later having no children. In 1968, he met Susan Mott and they had a son, Levi, in 1969. Sanders met his second wife, Jane O’Meara, right before becoming the Mayor of Burlington in 1981. O’Meara later became president of Burlington College, Burlington, Vermont. The two got married in 1988. O’Meara has three children from a previous marriage. Sanders has seven grandchildren and the Sanders family resides in Burlington, Vermont.
Bernie Sanders Net Worth
Compared to billionaire politician, Donald Trump, and many other millionaire politicians such as Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Bernie Sanders was poor. In 2013, his net worth was estimated at $330,000 by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Sanders tax returns in 2014 showed that he and his wife earned $205,000 that year which included his salary of $174,000 as a U.S. Senator.
Bernie Sanders Visit To The Vatican
Sanders made history as the only presidential candidate ever to be invited to the Vatican to speak on moral, environmental and economic issues. He and Pope Francis were often cited as carrying similar moral beliefs as regard the economy and environment. Sanders had the opportunity to briefly meet the Pope, but the latter stressed that the meet-and-greet was purely out of courtesy so as not to politicize the event.
Bernie Sanders On Socialism
He has identified himself as a democratic socialist. He has a notable quote on democratic socialism: “Democratic socialism means that we must reform a political system that is corrupt, that we must create an economy that works for all, not just the very wealthy.”
Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign Fundraising
Currently, Sanders has raised the most campaign funds out of any other candidate for the 2020 U.S. presidential race.