225px-Bernie Sanders
United States Senator from Vermont
Assumed office

January 3, 2007 Serving with Patrick Leahy

Preceded by Jim Jeffords

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Vermont's At-large district

In office

January 3, 1991 –January 3, 2007

Preceded by Peter P. Smith
Succeeded by Peter Welch

Mayor of Burlington

In office


Preceded by Gordon Paquette
Succeeded by Peter Clavelle

Born September 8, 1941 (1941-09-08) (age 69)

New York City, New York

Political party Independent
Other political


Democratic (affiliated non-member)Progressive (affiliated non-member)Liberty Union
Spouse(s) Jane O'Meara
Children Levi Sanders
Residence Burlington, Vermont
Alma mater University of Chicago (B.A.)
Occupation CarpenterJournalist
Religion Judaism

Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is the junior United States Senator from Vermont, elected on November 7, 2006. Before becoming Senator, Sanders represented Vermont's at-large district in the United States House of Representatives for 16 years. Sanders also served as mayor of Burlington, Vermont from 1981 through 1989.

Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist,[1][2] and has praised European social democracy, but because he does not belong to a formal political party, he appears as an independent on the ballot. He is the first person elected to the U.S. Senate to identify as a socialist.[3] Sanders caucuses with the Democratic Party and is counted as a Democrat for the purposes of committee assignments. He was also the only independent member of the House during much of his service there. He is one of two independent Senators in the 111th Congress, along with Joe Lieberman.