|United States Senator from Vermont|
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
January 3, 1991 –January 3, 2007
|Preceded by||Peter P. Smith|
|Succeeded by||Peter Welch|
Mayor of Burlington
|Preceded by||Gordon Paquette|
|Succeeded by||Peter Clavelle|
|Born||September 8, 1941 (1941-09-08) (age 69)
New York City, New York
|Democratic (affiliated non-member)Progressive (affiliated non-member)Liberty Union|
|Alma mater||University of Chicago (B.A.)|
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, 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. 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.