[Editor’s Note: On Tuesday July 26, 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders moved to give Hillary Clinton the Democratic nomination by acclamation after every state's delegates (excluding Vermont) had voted during the roll call at the Democratic National Convention. He stated the following from the floor of the Democratic National Convention: "Madam Chair, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules. I move that all votes, all votes cast by delegates, be reflected in the official record, and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States."]

Democratic Presidential Candidate
US Senator (Independent-VT)

Full Name: Bernard Sanders
Birthdate: Sep. 8, 1941
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Marital Status: Married
Children: Four
Religion: Secular (Jewish)

  • United States Senator (Independent-VT), Jan. 3, 2007-present
  • Chairman, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee
  • Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee
  • Member, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
  • Member, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • United States Representative (I-VT), 1991-2007
  • Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, 1981-1989
  • Former Director, American People's Historical Society
  • Candidate for Governor of Vermont, 1976
  • US Senate Candidate, Liberty Union Party, 1974
  • US Senate Candidate, Liberty Union Party, 1972
  • Former Lecturer, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Former Lecturer, Hamilton College

  • BA, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1964
  • Attended Brooklyn College, 1959
  • Graduate of James Madison High School (Brooklyn, NY), 1958

Affiliations and Awards:
  • Recipient, Col. Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award, Military Officers Association of America, 2015
  • Recipient, Congressional Award, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), 2015
  • Recipient, Patriot Award, American Legion, 2015
  • Keynote speaker, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) awards dinner, 2007
  • Keynote Speaker, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) national convention, 1999
  • Co-founder, Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), 1991

  • He is a self-described "democratic socialist"
  • Voted against the Patriot Act and the Iraq War while serving in the House of Representatives
  • Established the first municipal housing land trust in the country for affordable housing (Burlington Community Land Trust)
  • Spent six months on a kibbutz in Israel
  • Applied for conscientious objector status to avoid the Vietnam draft
  • Former member, Young People’s Socialist League (University of Chicago)
  • Former activist, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)
  • Former organizer, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
  • Lead a multi-week sit-in at the University of Chicago to oppose segregation in off-campus housing
  • Participant in the 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I have a dream" speech
  • Former carpenter
  • Former documentary film maker

Select Publications:
  • Cowritten with John Nichols, Outsider in the White House, 2015
  • Cowritten with Robert David Steele, Election 2008: Lipstick on the Pig, 2015
  • Cowritten with Kirk Kardashian, Milk Money: Cash, Cows, and the Death of the American Dairy Farm, 2012
  • Cowritten with Stewart Acuff, Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, 2012
  • Cowritten with Deborah Krasner, Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat, 2010
  • Cowritten with Huck Gutman, Outsider in the House, 1998

Contact Information:
Phone: (855) 4-BERNIE
E-Mail: [email protected]