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Bernie Sanders (2020 Presidential candidate) Age, Biography, Marriage, Presidential campaign,

Bernie Sanders Democratic presidential candidate

U.S Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the longest-serving independent in Congressional history. Bernie Sanders is an American politician and he has a close relationship with the Democratic party, having caucused with House and Senate Democrats for most of his congressional career. He unsuccessfully ran for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president and is running again in 2020. Before entering each race, he pledged to serve as a Democrat if elected.


Bernie Sanders was born on September 8, 1941, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. He is currently 78 years.


Sander’s father Elias Ben Yehuda Sanders was born in Slopnice, Galicia, in Austria-Hungary, which is now part of Poland to a Jewish family. In 1921 Elias emigrated to the United States where he became a paint salesman. Bernard’s mother, Dorothy Sanders was born in New York City to Jewish immigrant parents from the Russian Empire. Sanders showed an interest in politics from an early age partly because of the holocaust as many of his relatives in German-occupied Poland were murdered. So as a little kid he learned that politics is very very important.  Sanders lived in Midwood, Brooklyn and attended elementary school at P.S 197 where he won a borough championship on the basketball team. He attended Hebrew School in the afternoons and celebrated his bar mitzvah in 1954. His older brother Larry said that during their childhood the family never lacked food or clothing but major purchases, like curtains or a rug were not affordable.

Sanders also attended James Madison High School where he was captain of the track team and took third place in the New York City indoor one-mile race. In his school, he vied for the student body presidency but he lost his first election finishing last out of three candidates. His mother died at the age of 46 not long after his high school graduation. His father died a few years later in 1962, at the age of 57. Sanders studied at Brooklyn College for a year in 1959-1960 before transferring to the University of Chicago and graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1964. He has described himself as a mediocre college student because the classroom was boring and irrelevant while the community was more important to his education.



Sanders Married Deborah Shiling Messing whom he met in college in 1964 and bought a summer home in Vermont. They had no children and divorced in 1966. His son and only biological child Levi Sanders was born in 1969 to girlfriend Susan Campbell Mott. Sanders then married Jane O’Meara Driscoll on May 28, 1988 who later became president of Burlington College, in Burlington, Vermont. They own a row house in Capitol Hill, a house in Burlington’s New North End neighborhood, and a lakefront Summer home in North Hero. He considers Jane’s three children- Dave Driscoll born 1975, Carina Driscoll born 1974, and Heather Titus born 1971 to be his own. He also has seven grandchildren, three including one who was adopted through his son Levi and four through his stepchildren.

Political Career 


After graduating from college Sanders returned to New York City, where he worked various jobs, including Head Start Teacher, psychiatric aide, and carpenter. He later wen to Vermont where he proceeded to be a carpenter and in 1971 he began his political career as a member of the Liberty Union Party. He vied for governor of Vermont in 1972 and 1976 and as aa candidate for U.S Senate in 1972 and 1974. In all instances, he lost the ticket and he resigned from the party in 1977. Urged by his close friend and political confidant Richard Sugarman Sanders ran for mayor of Burlington, Vermont in 1980 at age 39. He ran against the incumbent Democratic mayor Gordon “Goddie” Paquette who had extensive connections in the community. While the election was a close call, the final result came as a shock to the local political establishment when Sanders won by just ten votes. Sanders was then reelected three times defeating both Democratic and Republican candidates. He obtained 53% of the votes in 1983 and 55% in 1985. He also tried as an independent candidate to unsuccessfully vie for the governorship against the incumbent Governor Madeleine Kunin in her run for reelection where Sanders finished a distant third. After serving four terms Sanders chose not to seek reelection in 1989 and he went on to lecture political science at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government that year at Hamilton College in 1991.

Senate Career 

In 1988 Sanders ran for the Senate seat representing Vermont’s at-large congressional district. Sanders ran as an independent and placed second with 38% of the vote with the Democratic State representative Paul N Poirier placing third with 19%. Former Lieutenant Governor Peter R.Smith secured 41% of the vote and two years later he ran for the seat again defeating Smith by a margin of 56% to 39%. Sanders was the first independent elected to the U.S House of Representatives since Frazier Reams of Ohio as well as the first socialist elected to the House in decades. He served as a representative from 1991 until he became a senator in 2007 winning reelection by large margins except during the 1994 Republican revolution when he won by 3% with 50% of the vote. Sanders entered the U.S senate race on April 21, 2005, after senator Jim Jeffords announced he would not seek a fourth term. He won the election by an almost 2 to 1 margin against businessman Rich Tarrant following endorsement from Chuck Schumer chairman of the Democratic Senatorial campaign committee. The then-senator Barack Obama also campaigned for him in Vermont in March 2006. He was reelected in 2012 with 715 of the vote and in 2018 with 67 of the vote. In committee assignments, Sanders agreed to vote with the Democrats on all procedural matters unless the Democratic whip Dick Durbin agreed that he need not a request rarely made or granted. In return, he was allowed to keep his seniority and received the committee seats that would have been available to him as a Democrat.

Presidential campaigns 

Sanders announced his intention to seek the Democrat party’s nomination for president on April 30, 2015, with his campaign officially launched on May 26, 2015, in Burlington. Initially considered a long shot, Sanders won 23 primaries and caucuses and around 46% of pledged delegates to Hillary Clinton 54%. On July 12, 2016, Sander endorsed Clinton in her unsuccessful general election campaign against Republican Donald Trump, while urging his supporters to proceed with the political revolution his campaign had begun. Sanders preferred small-dollar donations and avoided funding from wealthy donors through a Super PAC.

In 2020, Sanders announced on Vermont Public Radio that he would seek the Democratic party’s nomination for President of the United States for the 2020 election. On March 5, 2019, he signed a formal statement or the loyalty pledge that he is a member of the Democratic party and will serve as a Democrat if elected. His major competitor for the ticket Joe Biden launched a formidable campaign with pundits believing its a tight race between the two. During Super, Tuesday Sanders hoped to fend off Biden and cement his status as the indisputable frontrunner with landslide victory in Nevada in February. However, the former vice president Joe Biden’s win in South Carolina and the withdrawal of Biden’s fellow centrists Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar meant it suddenly became an extremely close-run thing. What seems clear is that this is now a two-horse race between Sanders and Biden.



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