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Bernie Sanders, byname of Bernard Sanders, (born September 8, 1941, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.), American politician who was first elected to represent Vermont in the U.S. Senate in 2006 and took office the following year. Previously he served as the mayor of Burlington (1981–89) and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1991–2007). Formally unaffiliated with any political party, he sought the Democratic nomination in the U.S. presidential elections of 2016 and 2020.
Sanders, the son of Jewish parents of Polish descent, grew up in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn. The family struggled financially, and income inequality would later become one of his key political issues. He attended Brooklyn College before earning a bachelor’s degree (1964) in political science from the University of Chicago. While in Chicago, he became involved in the civil rights movement, and in 1963 he participated in the March on Washington. After graduating, he lived on a kibbutz in Israel.
Upon returning to the United States, Sanders moved to Vermont, participating in the communal back-to-the-land movement and working as a union carpenter and freelance journalist. He also became active in the anti-Vietnam War movement, which drew him into electoral politics. Running as an Independent, he made several unsuccessful bids for governor of Vermont (1972, 1976, and 1986) and the U.S. Senate (1972 and 1974). In 1981 he ran for the mayorship of Burlington, where he had settled. He won by a handful of votes. Soon thereafter Sanders (who was divorced) met Jane O’Meara Driscoll, who had three children from a previous marriage; after a seven-year courtship, the couple married and later had a son.
In 1988 Sanders ran for the U.S. House of Representatives but lost. Two years later, however, he was elected to the body. After taking office in 1991, Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, caucused with the Democrats. Known for his liberal stance, he founded (1991) the Congressional Progressive Caucus. A reliable opponent of Pres. George W. Bush’s administration and the Republican Party, he voted against the Iraq War and distinguished himself in particular for his opposition to tax cuts benefiting wealthy individuals and corporations and to cuts in spending for social welfare programs. He was reelected seven times, usually by wide margins.