Bernie Sanders is popular as the longest-serving independent in the history of the US Congress. He is an American politician who has served as a junior US senator from Vermont since 2007. Bernie Sanders is currently serving his second term in the U.S. Senate, after being re-elected in 2012 with 71 percent of the vote. He has been a member of the Democratic Party since his first election to the House of Representatives in 1990.
Bernie Sanders Biography
He was born Bernard Sanders on 8 September 1941 and grew up in the Brooklyn district of New York City. Sanders attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn. He grew up as an American Jew. However, he describes himself as “not particularly religious” and “not actively involved” in organized religion.
Sanders studied at Brooklyn College for a year from 1959-60 before transferring to the University of Chicago. During his studies, he was an active organizer of non-violent student protests during the civil rights movement.
Sanders participated in the 1963 “Washington for Jobs and Freedom” march, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. This summer he was convicted of resisting arrest during a demonstration against segregation in Chicago public schools. He was also active in several “peace and anti-war” movements. Bernie Sanders lost his first election, in which he was the last of three candidates for the student body presidency. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
Bernie Sanders’ Parents
The parents of Senator Sanders were Elias Ben Yehuda Sanders and Dorothy “Dora” Sanders (née Glassberg). His father was born in Poland to a Jewish family. At the age of 17, Elias immigrated to the United States at the age of Bernie Sanders’ father, where he worked as a paint salesman. His mother, Dorothy, was born in New York City to Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia.
Sanders became interested in politics at an early age. The election of Adolf Hitler in 1932 was followed by the Holocaust of over 6 million Jews. Several of Sanders’ relatives were killed in then German-occupied Poland, including his father’s half-brother, who was killed in 1942. This tragedy in world history gave Sanders an understanding of how important politics is.
His father died in August 1962, at the age of 57. His mother died not long after he graduated from high school at the age of 46.
Sanders’ Political Career
after settling in Vermont in 1968, Sanders ran for governor and US senator in the early to mid-1970s without success. In 1981, he ran for mayor of Burlington Vermont as an independent and won. He was then re-elected as mayor three more times, defeating both Democratic and Republican candidates, and served until 1989.
In 1987, U.S. News & World Report ranked Sanders as one of America’s best mayors. However, Sanders decided not to run for reelection in 1989. That year, he taught political science at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Hamilton College.
In 1990 Sanders was elected to the US House of Representatives. This victory made him the first independent candidate to be elected to Congress since Frazier Reams in 1950. He served in the role of congressman until 2007. He was first elected to the US Senate in 2007 and was re-elected in 2012 with 71% of the vote.
In April 2015, Sanders announced his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Although he was considered a far-fetched candidate, Sanders won 23 primaries and about 43% of the delegates who supported the 55% of Hillary Clinton. In July 2016, Sanders formally supported his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in her general election campaign against Republican candidate Donald Trump.
But even after Sanders had a quite impressive Democratic presidential candidacy, he still has not officially joined the Democratic Party. In his opinion, he would end his term of office as an independent, as he was elected as an independent.
Bernie Sanders’ Wealth; Net worth
Bernie Sanders has gained political prominence as a US senator and presidential candidate, but little is known about his wealth in all the years of his tenure. Although Bernie has made no official announcement of the total value of his possessions, an analysis of his asset statements, his salary as U.S. Senator, and the real estate and assets shared with his wife bring his net worth to about $800,000.
In 2016, a series of photographs was mistakenly used to create the impression that the Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had bought a luxury car with campaign funds. The first picture circulated online allegedly showed Senator Sanders driving an expensive Audi R8 behind a parade of his campaign cars.
It was claimed that Senator Sanders bought the car worth $172,000 with campaign contributions.
A second picture, which was genuine, was taken from Sanders’ official government site and showed the senator next to a Tesla electric vehicle at a charging station. The allegations were later denied because the photo was initially a blurry image of a man resembling Senator Sanders driving an expensive sports car.
In 2017 Bernie and his wife Jane O’Meara Sanders bought a $600,000 vacation home on the Lake Champlain Islands in Vermont. According to Sanders’ wife, they were impressed by the North Hero community and suggested it to friends who were looking for a nice place to stay or have dinner. The beach residence in North Hero, Vermont, was the latest addition to the couple’s collection of homes in Burlington, Vermont, and Washington.
Senator Sanders had led his progressive presidential campaign against income inequality, targeting the one percent richest Americans. As a result, he came under heavy criticism when he bought his third home. But most of the people who criticized him failed to acknowledge the fact that he had to sell a lake house in Maine, which had been passed down from his wife’s family, to purchase the new house.
Bernie Sanders Height
Senator Bernie Sanders is 6ft tall, about 1.83m. His eye color is brown and his hair color is white.
Senator Sanders is married to Jane O’Meara Sanders. They have three children: Levi, Heather, Carina, and David, and seven grandchildren. The Sanders family lives in Burlington, Vermont.