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Who is senator Bernie Sanders?

Bernard Sanders was born on 8 September 1941, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, and is best known as a politician, who is currently serving in the position of the junior US Senator from Vermont, a position he’s held since 2007. He is the longest serving independent in the history of the Congress, having been first elected to the US House of Representatives in 1990.

Net Worth

So just how rich is Bernie Sanders as of early 2018? According to authoritative sources, this politician has net worth of over $700,000, with his wealth being accumulated from his career in the previously mentioned field. According to some sources, his annual income is around $200,000, however, some state that he made $1 million in 2016 alone.

Family, Ethnicity and Early Years

Sanders is white, and was born to Elias Ben Yehuda Sanders , who was of Polish and Jewish ancestry, whereas, his mother Dorothy Sanders was born into a family of Jewish ancestry, with her parents immigrating from Russia and Poland. Bernie had his bar mitzvah in when he was 13, and attended Hebrew school as well as James Madison High School. His understanding of the Holocaust persuded him that politics was of extreme importance, as ‘Hitler won an election’. He then became a student at the University of Chicago, where he joined the Young People’s Socialist League, which was at that time an affiliate of the Socialist Party of America, and he additionally served as a student organizer in the Civil Rights Movement, promoting the Congress of Racial Equality. In early 1962, Bernie was the leader of rally at the mentioned university against president George Wells Beadle’s housing policy on campus and its racial inequality, stating that separating black and white students of the university was intolerable. Alongside 32 other students, Sanders camped outside Beadle’s office, and after several weeks, the president finally agreed to investigate the racial discrimination. One of Sanders’ colleagues, Joan Mahoney, described him as a “swell guy, a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn”, but additionally stated that he “wasn’t terribly charismatic”.


After graduating with a degree in political science, Bernie returned to the New York City, where he had several jobs, including as a psychiatric’s aide, a carpenter and a teacher. In 1968, he relocated to Vermont, having been captivated by the rural lifestyle, and began working as a filmmaker and writer, creating and selling educational material and radical film strips. He also wrote several articles for the “Vermont Freeman”. In 1971, Bernie began his elected political career being a member of the Liberty Union party, and ran unsuccessfully for the position of governor of Vermont in 1972 and ’76, and for the US Senate in 1972 and 1974, finishing in third place in the latter race. In 1976, he polled just 11,000 votes for governor, and the party declined after that. However, in 1980, he won the contest for Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, a city of 38,000 people, and ultimately spent eight years in that position until 1989, maintaining a broadly socialist platform, but throughout the ‘80s, he also widened his interest in criticising US foreign policy in Latin America.

US House of Representatives

As of 1990 he became the first independent candidate elected to congress in 40 years; in his first year he would often criticize his supposed allies as well as opposition colleagues, stating that they worked on behalf of wealthy people. In the 1993, Bernie voted against Brady Bill, and in the following year in favor of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, stating that he voted for the bill because it included the violence against women act and because it prohibited certain assault weapons. In late April 2005, Bernie voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, then in the same year, he entered the race for the US Senate, endorsed by Chuck Schumer, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid; additionally, Senator Barack Obama supported him in March of the following year, and Sanders subsequently went on to defeat Rich Tarrant, a businessman, with a margin of approximately 2 to 1, and was eventually elected in 2012 winning 71% of the vote.

2016 Presidential Campaign

In late April 2015, Bernie announced having intention to run for president of the US. In his campaign, he was not funded by Super PAC, nor by wealthy donors, primarily focusing on smaller individual donations, but still raising more than $1.5 million within the first 24 hours of his announcement, and by the end of the year had raised more than $73 million dollars with an average donation of just $27, rising to around $350 million by the end of January 2016. However, after the primary elections, Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee, and in early July Bernie stated that he supported Clinton, however, he continued working with the Democratic National Convention. Some of his supporters booed him when he announced his endorsement for Clinton, despite the fact that he called for party unity.

Career as an Author

In 2016, Sanders published his book “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In” through Thomas Dunne Books, in which he spoke about his views on income inequality, free college tuition, climate change, and his political adversary, Donald Trump. The book quickly rose to third position on The New York Times Best Sellers List, receiving a generally positive response.

Relationship Status

Sanders has been married twice: in 1964 he married Deborah Shiling Measing, but they divorced in 1966. He fathered a son, Levi Sanders, in 1969 with girlfriend Susan Campbell Mott, but didn’t marry again until 1988, to Jane O’Meara, becoming stepfather to her three children. They continue to live in Vermont.

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