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Sen. Bernard "Bernie" Sanders

Self Description

June 2016: "Bernie Sanders is a Democratic candidate for President of the United States. In 2006, he was elected to the U.S. Senate after 16 years as Vermont’s sole congressman in the House of Representatives. Bernie is now serving his second term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2012 with 71 percent of the vote.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he attended James Madison High School, Brooklyn College, and the University of Chicago. After graduating, he moved to Vermont where he worked as a carpenter and documentary filmmaker. In 1981, he was elected as mayor of Burlington, the state’s largest city, by a mere 10 votes.

As mayor, Bernie’s leadership helped transform Burlington into one of the most exciting and livable small cities in America. Under his administration, the city made major strides in affordable housing, progressive taxation, environmental protection, child care, women’s rights, youth programs and the arts. Bernie and Jane

In Congress, Bernie has fought tirelessly for working families, focusing on the shrinking middle class and growing gap between the rich and everyone else. Bernie has been called a “practical and successful legislator” and he was dubbed the “amendment king” in the House of Representatives for passing more amendments than any other member of Congress. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Bernie worked across the aisle to “bridge Washington’s toxic partisan divide and cut one of the most significant deals in years.” In 2015, Democratic leadership tapped Bernie to serve as the caucus’ ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee.

Bernie lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife Jane. He has four children and seven grandchildren."

April 2003: Congressman from Vermont not affiliated with any political party.

Third-Party Descriptions

July 2016: 'This in-your-face style has at times rankled even the movement’s allies: A Black Lives Matter protester interrupted Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont during a Seattle campaign rally in August and seized control of his microphone, inflaming his aides and some of his supporters. “Excuse me!” Mr. Sanders cried.'

June 2016: "Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician who has served as the junior United States Senator from Vermont since 2007. Sanders had been the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history, though his caucusing with the Democrats entitled him to committee assignments and at times gave Democrats a majority. Sanders became the ranking minority member on the Senate Budget Committee in January 2015; he had previously served for two years as chair of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. A self-described democratic socialist, Sanders is pro-labor and emphasizes reversing economic inequality.[2][3] Many scholars consider his views to be more in line with social democracy and New Deal-style American progressivism than democratic socialism.[4][5]

Sanders was born and raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964. While a student he was an active civil rights protest organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. After settling in Vermont in 1968, Sanders ran unsuccessful third-party campaigns for governor and U.S. senator in the early to mid-1970s. As an independent, he was elected mayor of Burlington—Vermont's most populous city—in 1981, where he was reelected three times. In 1990 he was elected to represent Vermont's at-large congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1991 Sanders co-founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He served as a congressman for 16 years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. In 2012, he was reelected with 71% of the popular vote.

Sanders rose to national prominence following his 2010 filibuster against the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010. He favors policies similar to those of social democratic parties in Europe, particularly those instituted by the Nordic countries, and has built a reputation as a leading progressive voice on issues such as campaign finance reform, corporate welfare, global warming, income inequality, LGBT rights, parental leave, and universal healthcare. Sanders has long been critical of U.S. foreign policy and was an early and outspoken opponent of the Iraq War. He is also outspoken on civil liberties and civil rights, particularly criticizing racial discrimination in the criminal justice system as well as advocating for privacy rights against mass surveillance policies such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the NSA surveillance programs.

After announcing his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on April 30, 2015, he won 23 state primary contests in the 2016 election. While his campaign remains active, Hillary Clinton has become the presumptive Democratic nominee."

December 2007: "“If you’re trying to get people motivated to deal with a huge backlog, the last thing you would do is slash pay,” said Senator Bernard Sanders, independent of Vermont, who received many calls. “It just creates more turnover, more discontent and more demoralization.”"

October 2007: Wait times of up to three hours have also been reported over the past few months at crossings from eastern Canada. Senator Bernard Sanders, independent of Vermont, who held a series of town meetings with border officials about the lines, said low staffing at border stations was the primary cause there.

May 2007: “It’s not that money buys votes,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the lone vote against the bill. “But you have a culture in which big money has significant influence. Big money gains you access, access gives you the time to influence people.”

May 2007: The no vote was cast by Senator Bernard Sanders, independent of Vermont, an outspoken critic of the pharmaceutical industry who said he was “extremely disappointed” that the bill did not legalize imports.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Student/Trainee (past or present) Brooklyn College Organization Jun 29, 2016
Cooperation (past or present) Democratic Party / Democratic National Committee (DNC) Organization Jun 29, 2016
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Kennedy School of Government, The John F. (KSG) Organization May 18, 2007
Opponent (past or present) National Security Agency (NSA) Organization Jun 29, 2016
Member of (past or present) US House of Representatives Organization
Member of (past or present) US Senate Organization May 18, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of Chicago Organization Jun 29, 2016
Opponent (past or present) President George W. Bush Person Jun 29, 2016
Opponent (past or present) Cooperation (past or present) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Person Jun 29, 2016
Opponent (past or present) Donald J. Trump Person Jun 29, 2016

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Jul 09, 2016 Black Lives Matter Was Gaining Ground. Then a Sniper Opened Fire.

QUOTE: Inside Black Lives Matter, the national revulsion over videos of police officers shooting to death black men in Minnesota and Louisiana was undeniable proof that the group’s message of outrage and demands for justice had finally broken through....Black Lives Matter now faces perhaps the biggest crisis in its short history: It is both scrambling to distance itself from an African-American sniper in Dallas who set out to murder white police officers and trying to rebut a chorus of detractors who blame the movement for inspiring his deadly attack.

New York Times
Jun 28, 2016 Democrats Need to Wake Up

QUOTE: Surprise, surprise. Workers in Britain, many of whom have seen a decline in their standard of living while the very rich in their country have become much richer, have turned their backs on the European Union and a globalized economy that is failing them and their children. And it’s not just the British who are suffering. That increasingly globalized economy, established and maintained by the world’s economic elite, is failing people everywhere.

New York Times
Apr 12, 2011 The Real Housewives of Wall Street

QUOTE: What they don't know is that there is another budget of roughly equal heft, traditionally maintained in complete secrecy... It is as though someone sat down and made a list of every individual on earth who actually did not need emergency financial assistance from the United States government, and then handed them the keys to the public treasure.

Rolling Stone
Sep 07, 2009 Insured, but Bankrupted Anyway (Prescriptions)

QUOTE: The forecast for this year is that there will be 1.4 million to 1.5 million total bankruptcy filings. Our data say 62 percent of those will be medical.

New York Times
Jul 06, 2009 Report Faults Performance Bonuses for Contractors: Some Agencies 'Unaware' of Policy

QUOTE: Federal agencies have awarded billions in bonuses to contractors regardless of whether the work was deemed satisfactory...

Washington Post
Dec 01, 2007 Immigration Contractor Trims Wages

QUOTE: Workers who help process millions of visa and citizenship applications for a federal immigration agency are getting pay reductions just as the agency is facing an enormous surge in those applications.

New York Times
Oct 21, 2007 Tighter Border Delays Re-entry by U.S. Citizens

QUOTE: The new policy is a big shift after decades when Americans arrived at land border crossings, declared they were citizens and were waved on through. Since the authorities began ramping up enforcement in August, wait times at border stations in Texas have often stretched to two hours or more, discouraging visitors and shoppers and upsetting local business.

New York Times
Jul 15, 2007 Climate Change Debate Hinges On Economics: Lawmakers Doubt Voters Would Fund Big Carbon Cuts

QUOTE: Energy and climate experts say the world already possesses the technological know-how for trimming greenhouse gas emissions...[but] Because of the enormous cost of addressing global warming, the energy legislation considered by Congress so far will make barely a dent in the problem.

Washington Post
Jun 06, 2007 Senators seek to bar H-1B use by firms that lay off workers

QUOTE: The amendment would prohibit companies that have announced mass layoffs from receiving any new visas unless they could prove that overall employment would not be reduced by these layoffs.

May 14, 2007 Senators Who Weakened Drug Bill Got Millions from Industry

QUOTE: Senators who raised millions of dollars in campaign donations from pharmaceutical interests secured industry-friendly changes to a landmark drug-safety bill, according to public records and interviews.

May 10, 2007 Senate Approves Tighter Policing of Drug Makers

QUOTE: "By a vote of 93 to 1, the Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would give the Food and Drug Administration new power to police drug safety, order changes in drug labels, regulate advertising and restrict the use and distribution of medicines found to pose serious risks to consumers."

New York Times
Apr 12, 2005 Nuclear Plants Not Keeping Track of Waste: GAO Study Faults Federal Government for Failing to Implement Safeguards

QUOTE: "The consistency of these findings suggests the NRC is more interested in shielding production margins at power stations than it is in prioritizing public health and safety,"...

Washington Post
Jun 18, 2004 Probe Finds IBM Altered Document: Treasury Inspector General Investigating Paper on Pensions

QUOTE: The document in question was a list of "talking points" in opposition to an amendment that Rep. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) offered last year to bar the Treasury from working on any regulations contrary to an Illinois judge's finding that cash balance plans violate federal age-discrimination laws. Sanders's amendment was adopted.

Washington Post
May 16, 2003 Literary groups decry Patriot Act as invasion of privacy

QUOTE: … former US representative Patricia Schroeder, president of the library association, said, ''Section 215 seriously undermines the First Amendment-protected activities of authors and publishers, booksellers and librarians, and indeed anyone who reads.''

Boston Globe
Apr 16, 2003 Pension Wars: The Fallout after IBM

QUOTE: But ever since disgruntled IBM employees brought the issue to public attention, the movement by major corporations to convert traditional defined-benefit plans to so-called cash-balance pension plans has been a lightning rod for workers'--and particularly baby boomers'--growing anxiety over their retirement incomes.