Bernard “Bernie” Sanders was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 8, 1941. He attended Brooklyn College, but transferred to the University of Chicago and earned a BA in Political Science in 1964. Returning to the United States after time in Israel, he moved to Vermont and worked as a carpenter, filmmaker, and writer. In 1981, he was elected Mayor of Burlington, VT. Sanders was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (for Vermont’s at-large House district) in 1990 and served for 16 years before winning election to the U.S. Senate in 2006 (he was reelected in 2012). A self-described democratic socialist, Sanders is the longest-serving independent legislator in U.S. history. He and his wife Jane live in Vermont with their four children.
Bernie Sanders announced his campaign for the presidency on April 30, 2015.
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