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American politician Bernard ‘Bernie” Sanders is now well known since challenging unsuccessfully for the Democratic party nomination to contest the US presidential election in 2016. He was born on 8 September 1941, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, to a Polish-Jewish father and a US-born mother of Russian and Polish-Jewish descent. Actually, Bernie’s political stance during most of his career has been consistently independent.

So just how rich is Bernie Sanders? Authoritative sources estimate that Bernie’s net worth is over $750,000, including a residence, based on public disclosures made as a member of the US Senate, a modest amount accumulated mostly during his lengthy career in politics.

Bernie Sanders Net Worth $750,000

Bernie’s father Eli was born in Poland, and migrated to the US in 1921; but many relatives of his father disappeared during the holocaust. His mother, Dorothy née Glassberg, was born in New York City. Sanders attended elementary school in Brooklyn – and a Hebrew school completing his bar Mitzvah in 1954 – and then James Madison High School. He was something of a sportsman, playing basketball and captaining the track team. Even then he was apparently interested in politics, running unsuccessfully for student council president. Sanders then studied at Brooklyn College for a year, before transferring to the University of Chicago in 1962, graduating with a BA degree in political science in 1964.

During university and the following years, Sanders was a civil-rights activist, campaigning against racism and segregation, the Vietnam War (but not veterans), and heavy-handed police in Chicago. He also stood as an independent, Liberty Union candidate in Vermont for the US senate in 1972 and 1974, and Governor of Vermont in 1972 and 1976.

Being unsuccessful in his political endeavours, and short of funds, Sanders worked as a writer and the director of the non-profit American People’s Historical Society (APHS) for a number of years, until in 1980 he stood against the long-term incumbent Democratic mayor of Burlington, and won a cliff-hanger election. He was subsequently re-elected three times, defeating major party candidates each time with an absolute majority. His stance in local politics was as a democratic socialist, in particular standing for ‘the people’ against major developers, extensively revitalising the city such that today it is recognised as one of the most liveable cities in the US. His salary was all that Bernie had regarding net worth.

Sanders had stood for Governor in 1986, again unsuccessfully, then decided to step down as mayor in 1988. He taught political science at Harvard University and Hamilton College for two years, meantime campaigning to enter the US House of Representatives which he achieved in 1991, again unseating the incumbent, a Republican, and becoming the first independent in the Reps for 40 years. Bernie maintained his independent stance throughout his period in the Reps, and subsequently in the Senate which he entered as a Senator for Vermont in 2007 although supported by the Democratic Party, with whom he was inclined to vote, but his independent status was still respected.

It is worth noting that during his tenure in the Reps and later the Senate stretching from 1991 until the present, salaries of members rose from just over $100,000 to $174,000. Since Bernie has no business interests, he was never likely to become a very rich man, which reinforces his standing with many of his constituents.

Bernie Sanders is now, in early 2016, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President. Should he succeed and eventually become President of the USA, his continuing rather independent stance on many issues may prove interesting watching. Example of his beliefs are that he has voted against forms of gun control, and international trade agreements, but in favour of expanding social security benefits and LGBT.

In his personal life, Bernie Sanders married Deborah Shiling in 1964, but they divorced in 1966. Bernie subsequently had a son with Susan Campbell Mott in 1969, but married Mary Jane O’Meara in 1988, and acquired three step-children. They are still married and based in Vermont.

Full Name Bernie Sanders
Net Worth $750,000
Salary $174,000
Date Of Birth September 8, 1941
Place Of Birth Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Profession American Politician, United States Senator from Vermont (since 2007), Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Education University of Chicago (1964), Brooklyn College, James Madison High School, Hebrew school, Brooklyn
Nationality American
Spouse Jane O’Meara Sanders (m. 1988), Deborah Shiling (m. 1964–1966)
Children Levi Sanders
Parents Dorothy née Glassberg, Eli Sanders
Siblings Larry Sanders
Awards Col. Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award, Veterans of Foreign Wars prestigious Congressional Award, Ralph Nader Award (2016), Sanders Wins Readers’ Poll for TIME Person of the Year (2015)
Movies My X-Girlfriend’s Wedding Reception (1999), Bernie Sanders MOVIE CAMEO (1988), Orwell Rolls in His Grave (2003, documentary), Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism (2004)
TV Shows The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth (2016-2017)
1 [addressing jeers from Democrat candidates when he finally endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, 2016] Its easy to boo. But it is harder to look your kids in the face under a Donald Trump presidency.
2 [announcing his presidential campaign, 2015] People should not underestimate me.
3 We are living in a nation and in a world which worships not love of brothers and sisters, not love of the poor and the sick, but worships the acquisition of money and great wealth. I do not believe that is the country we should be living in.
4 The history of American democracy, to say the least, has been checkered. Our nation was founded at a time when people of African descent were held in bondage. After slavery was abolished, they were forced to endure legal discrimination for another 100 years.
5 Shouting down and intimidating someone from speaking their mind is not exactly a Vermont town meeting value, nor should it be an American town meeting value.
6 The details of what the Fed did were kept secret until a provision in the Dodd-Frank Act that I sponsored required the Government Accountability Office to audit the Fed’s lending programs during the financial crisis.
7 The Blunt Amendment would have allowed any employer who provided health insurance, or any insurance company, the right to deny coverage for contraception or any other kind of procedure if the employer had a ‘moral’ objection to it.
8 The cost of college education today is so high that many young people are giving up their dream of going to college, while many others are graduating deeply in debt.
9 The Senate voted 59 to 39 in favor of an amendment I offered to the Budget Resolution calling on the Fed to tell the American people who they loaned $2.2 trillion to and how much each bank received.
10 We all remember the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst oil spill in U.S. history. What is less well known is that BP is claiming a 9.9 billion tax deduction on the money they had to spend cleaning up their own mess and paying for damages they caused. That is absurd.
11 Today the biggest problem in caring for those with AIDS is no longer mainly a medical or scientific problem. The crisis is access to affordable drugs.
12 There are very powerful and wealthy special interests who want to privatize or dismember virtually every function that government now performs, whether it is Social Security, Medicare, public education or the Postal Service.
13 The minimum wage in Denmark is about twice that of the United States, and people who are totally out of the labor market or unable to care for themselves have a basic income guarantee of about $100 per day.
14 While commentators on Fox and right-wing radio have the backing of Rupert Murdoch, a major Republican contributor, and other conservative corporations, progressives understand that their position is extremely vulnerable.
15 While I may not agree with all of President Obama’s energy policies, I strongly supported his successful effort to double fuel economy standards for cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
16 Whether you are a low-income elderly woman living at the end of a dirt road in Vermont or a wealthy CEO living on Park Avenue, you get your mail six days a week. And you pay for this service at a cost far less than anywhere else in the industrialized world.
17 It has become clear that the function of a private health insurance is to make as much money as possible. Every dollar not paid out in claims is another dollar made in profits for the company.
18 In Finland, where 80 percent of workers belong to unions, all employees enjoy at least 30 days paid vacation, and the gap between the rich and poor is far more equitable than in the United States.
19 Nowadays you don’t need to be a senator or a CEO or a celebrity to have a voice in the media, and if you happen to be a senator, a CEO or a celebrity, you have a thousand people each with their own respective audiences to hold you accountable.
20 Legislation must be passed which undoes the damage caused by excessive de-regulation. That means reinstalling the regulatory firewalls that were ripped down in 1999.
21 Progressives know there is something very wrong when a nation divided politically has one major network operating as a propaganda arm of the Republican Party and 90 percent of talk radio is dominated by right-wing extremists.
22 In 1940, then-Senator Harry Truman headed up a Senate Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program. In the course of World War II, more than $15 billion in unnecessary and fraudulent defense spending was identified.
23 If we are serious about moving toward energy independence in a cost-effective way, we should invest in solar energy. If we are serious about cutting air and water pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we should invest in solar energy.
24 In 2004, Warner-Lambert, a division of Pfizer Inc., pled guilty to two felonies and agreed to pay $430 million for fraudulently promoting the drug Neurontin.
25 If you want to know if your food contains gluten, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats or MSG, you simply read the ingredients listed on the label.
26 If there is a silver lining in the action of MSNBC against Keith Olbermann, it is that people will now pay more attention to the political role of corporate media in America.
27 In cold weather states like Vermont, where the weather can get to 20 below zero, home heating assistance is critically important. In fact, it is a life and death issue.
28 In 2008, Goldman Sachs only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department.
29 In 2005, Republicans passed a 360-page reconciliation bill without a single Democratic vote that provided deep cuts to Medicaid and raised premiums on Medicare beneficiaries.
30 In 49 countries around the world, including all of Europe, people have the opportunity of knowing whether or not they are eating food which contains genetically engineered ingredients. In the United States, we don’t.
31 In 2009, UnitedHealth, a leading insurance company, paid $350 million to settle lawsuits brought by the American Medical Association and other physician groups for shortchanging consumers and physicians for medical services outside its preferred network.
32 Fossil fuel corporations are supposed to pay the government fair market royalties in exchange for the right to drill on public lands or in federal waters.
33 For too long, unfunded federal mandates have drained the budgets of states and communities. The strength and vitality of our communities must be restored.
34 If the U.S. can transform its domestic market for HIV/AIDS drugs, it will certainly transform the world market and make HIV/AIDS drugs more affordable for everyone, everywhere.
35 For much of America, the all-American values depicted in Norman Rockwell’s classic illustrations are idealistic. For those of us from Vermont, they’re realistic. That’s what we do.
36 General Electric, NBC’s parent, is one of the largest corporations in the world, with an anti-labor history of outsourcing jobs and with financial links to military and nuclear power industries.
37 Every day we are paying more for energy than we should due to poor insulation, inefficient lights, appliances, and heating and cooling equipment – money we could save by investing in energy efficiency.
38 Each and every year, the United States loses an estimated $100 billion a year in tax revenues due to offshore tax abuses by the wealthy and large corporations.
39 Denmark is a small, homogenous nation of about 5.5 million people. The United States is a melting pot of more than 315 million people. No question about it, Denmark and the United States are very different countries.
40 Even the alternative weekly newspapers, traditionally a bastion of progressive thought and analysis, have been bought by a monopoly franchise and made a predictable shift to the right in their coverage of local news.
41 For every $1 billion we invest in public transportation, we create 30,000 jobs, save thousands of dollars a year for each commuter, and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions.
42 We should make a major financial commitment to improving our roads and bridges.
43 When World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988, there was no truly effective treatment for what was almost always a deadly disease.
44 When a mother goes to the store and purchases food for her child, she has the right to know what she is feeding her family.
45 What the Ten Million Solar Roofs Act does is provide consumer rebates for the purchase and installation of solar systems.
46 As a member of both the energy and environment committees, I am constantly astounded by how many of my colleagues prefer to focus on what the government can do for the nuclear or coal industries rather than why the government should support clean and sustainable energy.
47 At the insistence of the Bush administration, Congress in 2006 passed legislation that required the Postal Service to prefund, over a 10-year period, 75 years of future retiree health benefits.
48 Comcast rents modems directly to consumers, thereby competing directly with companies like Zoom. It has every reason to make Zoom modems more expensive or even to drive companies like Zoom out of business.
49 Citigroup, Bank of America, and JP Morgan Chase should not be permitted to charge consumers 25- to 30-percent interest on their credit cards, especially while these banks received over $4 trillion in loans from the Federal Reserve.
50 Capitalism does a number of things very well: it helps create an entrepreneurial spirit; it gets people motivated to come up with new ideas, and that’s a good thing.
51 Before Congress cuts funding for Head Start, Social Security, and financial aid for college, we have got to make sure that large, profitable corporations are paying their fair share of taxes.
52 Mitt Romney’s energy policy is a relic of the 19th century. We need a 21st century plan. The fate of the planet is at stake.
53 Private insurance companies in America are reaping huge profits.
54 Progressive activists are angry that a Medicare-for-all single-payer approach was totally ignored during the health care debate.
55 Representative Spencer Bachus is one of the only people I know from Alabama. I bet I’m the only socialist he knows.
56 It is time for Congress to save the Postal Service, not dismantle it.
57 Ted Kennedy devoted his lifetime to protecting those most in need, and tens of millions of Americans have been the beneficiaries.
58 States used to protect consumers from predatory lenders, but strong state usury laws were obliterated by a 1978 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
59 The deficit crisis is real and must be addressed. But it cannot be solved on the backs of the weak and vulnerable.
60 Senate Republicans have engaged in a record number of filibusters and other obstructionist tactics.
61 Ted Kennedy will go down in history as one of the giants of the U.S. Senate and one the most accomplished legislators in American history.
62 There must be a major economic recovery package which puts Americans to work at decent wages.
63 The right wing has monopolized the AM radio airwaves.
64 Vermonters often ask me whether I am pessimistic about the future of our country. My honest answer is that I am not.
65 The Department of Defense, the largest single energy consumer in America, is bullish on solar.
66 The Federal Reserve has the responsibility to protect the credit rights of consumers.
67 I have seven beautiful grandchildren, four of whom are girls.
68 From the beginning, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has presented very difficult challenges.
69 Health care in Denmark is universal, free of charge and high quality. Everybody is covered as a right of citizenship.
70 Good environmental policy is good economic policy.
71 I am not aware how you succeed politically when you insult women, who far more than men consistently provide you with great margins of support.
72 Finland is no utopia.
73 Difficult times often bring out the best in people.
74 Ford’s federal income tax rate was just 2.3 percent in 2009 even though it made $3 billion in profits.
75 Danes pay very high taxes, but in return enjoy a quality of life that many Americans would find hard to believe.
76 Former Senator Al D’Amato in 1991 offered an amendment to cap credit card interest rates at 14 percent.
77 In terms of job creation, every billion dollars invested in the physical infrastructure creates 47,000 new jobs.
78 In 2003, GlaxoSmithKline paid $88 million in civil fines for overcharging Medicaid for its anti-depressant Paxil.
79 In 1996, Republicans used reconciliation to pass major legislation that ended six decades of welfare policy.
80 In 2001, Republicans used reconciliation to pass President Bush’s $1.35 trillion tax cut that mainly benefited the wealthy.
81 In 1999, Hoffmann-LaRoche paid a $500 million criminal fine for leading a worldwide conspiracy to fix prices for certain vitamins.
82 If we completely repealed the estate tax, it would provide an estimated $32 billion tax break for the Walton family – the founders of Wal-Mart.
83 If credit unions can grow and prosper with a 15 percent cap, so can banks.
84 If we are going to reverse the race to the bottom, workers must have the right to engage in collective bargaining.
85 I see a future where American companies lead the world in the production of hybrid-plug in cars and electric vehicles.
86 I see a future where getting to work or to school or to the store does not have to cause pollution.
87 A president and a party that can provide insurance for 31 million more Americans is far preferable to most voters than a party that only says, ‘No.’
88 Before Social Security existed, about half of America’s senior citizens lived in poverty.
89 At its worst, Washington is a place where name-calling partisan politics too often trumps policy.
90 Of course the Republicans have long wanted to privatize Social Security and destroy it. But Social Security has been the most important and valuable social program in the history of the United States.
91 Citizens in a democracy need diverse sources of news and information.
92 You want to know the way to raise money? Put a transaction fee on Wall Street, so maybe we can curb some of the speculation and raise some money.
93 I’m not much into speculation.
94 I come from a rural state. People drive 50, 100 miles to and from work every single day. That is true all over America.
95 The Federal Reserve needs to provide small businesses in America with the same low-interest loans it gave to foreign banks.
96 When we talk about the healthcare crisis in America we’ve got to also be talking about the dental crisis and how to address it.
97 Two-thirds of the directors at the New York Fed are hand-picked by the same bankers that the Fed is in charge of regulating.
98 I am sure that there are some single payer advocates who think the only thing worth fighting for is single payer.
99 I think the American people in many cases want to transform our energy system.
100 Let’s be honest, dental care in America is extremely expensive, period.
101 We still have people in the active duty, and if people are feeling ill, if they’re experiencing various symptoms and they’re still in the active duty, they’re less likely to come forward because that could result in their medical discharge.
102 The Fed has got to become a more democratic institution that is responsive to the needs of the middle class, not just Wall Street CEOs.
103 The Federal Reserve has a responsibility to ensure the safety and soundness of financial institutions and to contain systemic risks in financial markets.
104 Who do you think controls the Republican Party? Big money controls the Republican Party. This is where their campaign contributions come from.
105 You know, let me be very clear. I supported Barack Obama originally.
106 After all, Wall Street is clearly the most powerful lobbying force on Capitol Hill. From 1998 through 2008, the financial sector spent over $5 billion in lobbying and campaign contributions to deregulate Wall Street.
107 At a time when the Post Office is losing substantial revenue from the instantaneous flow of information by email and on the Internet, slowing mail service is a recipe for disaster.
108 If the goal of health-care reform is to provide comprehensive, universal health care in a cost-effective way, the only honest approach is a single-payer approach.
109 I thought the Bush economic policy was a disaster. We lost 500,000 private sector jobs during his tenure.
110 In Vermont, Governor Madeleine Kunin has given years of service to our state after becoming the state’s first female governor in 1985. She is an inspiration to girls throughout Vermont and the country in allowing them to know that the opportunities they have are unlimited.
111 As a result of the digital age and the decline of first-class mail, there is no question that the Postal Service must change and develop a new business model.
112 There are a lot of smart honest, progressive people who I think can be good presidents.
113 If you look at the newspapers here – the Washington papers – most of the discussion deals with campaign gossip.
114 The Postal Service is a vitally important institution for the American people. It must be saved.
115 I don’t consider myself a pariah.
116 I don’t believe there’s a red state in America where people believe you should cut Medicare, Social Security and veterans’ benefits rather than doing away with corporate tax loopholes.
117 I have introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and make it clear that the Congress and state legislatures do have the ability and the power to regulate and get corporate funding out of political campaigns.
118 The Occupy Wall Street protests are shining a national spotlight on the most powerful, dangerous and secretive economic and political force in America.
119 People don’t trust private health insurance companies for all the right reasons.
120 I think it makes people in the Pentagon kind of nervous to know that chemical agents and environmental factors could cause so much damage in terms of what may happen in the future.
121 You go to Scandinavia, and you will find that people have a much higher standard of living, in terms of education, health care and decent paying jobs.
122 I see a future where states compete with one another to see which can be the most efficient, and where businesses seek out efficient states in which to locate so they can reap the economic and environmental benefits for their businesses and employees.
123 Most of us have not heard about Master Limited Partnerships. These special financing arrangements allow oil and gas investors to avoid paying certain corporate income taxes, but are not available to clean energy businesses.
124 For many, the American dream has become a nightmare.
125 The Koch brothers, through the expenditure of billions of dollars and the creation and support of dozens of extreme right organizations, have taken fringe extremist ideas and made them mainstream within the Republican Party.
126 History will record that the Citizens United decision is one of the worst in the history of our country.
127 Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit.
128 CEOs of large corporations earn 400 times what their workers make. That is not what America is supposed to be about.
129 Establishing a 0.03 percent Wall Street speculation fee, similar to what we had from 1914-1966, would dampen the dangerous level of speculation and gambling on Wall Street, encourage the financial sector to invest in the productive economy and reduce the deficit by more than $350 billion over 10 years.
130 Social Security is a promise that we cannot and must not break.
131 I’m not a Democrat, I’m an Independent, but I caucus with the Democrats.
132 The bottom line is that when Senator Inhofe says, ‘Global warming is a hoax,’ he is just dead wrong, according to the vast majority of climate scientists.
133 These are the same people who believe, in some cases, the federal government should not play any role in providing health care to our people or protecting the environment.
134 For better or worse, when Sen. Inhofe speaks, the Republican Party follows. And when the Republican Party follows, it is impossible to get real work done in the Congress.
135 As Vermont’s senator and a member of the Budget Committee, I will not support a plan to reduce the deficit that does not call for shared sacrifice.
136 What some of us believe is that it is possible that if chemicals are related to Gulf War illness that some of the more severe symptoms may not erupt until 10 or 20 years down the line.
137 If a financial institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist.
138 The U.S. constitution is an extraordinary document. In my view, it should not be amended often.
139 Not only must we fight to end disastrous unfettered free trade agreements with China, Mexico, and other low wage countries, we must fight to fundamentally rewrite our trade agreements so that American products, not jobs, are our number one export.
140 In any democratic, civilized – even non-democratic nations, if you are a nation, it means to say that in our case, if there’s a hurricane in Louisiana, the people of Vermont are there for them. If there’s a tornado in the Midwest, we are there for them. If there’s flooding in the East Coast, the people in California are there for us.
141 I think the overwhelming majority of the American people know that we have got to stand together, that we’re going to grow together, that we’re going to survive together, and that if we start splintering, we’re not going to succeed in a highly competitive international economy.
142 Every working family in America knows how hard it is today to find affordable childcare or early childhood education.
143 Coal and oil lobbyists added fossil fuels to a bill aimed at helping American manufacturers, so they too could claim ‘manufacturing’ tax deductions.
144 The goal of real healthcare reform must be high-quality, universal coverage in a cost-effective way.
145 To be honest with you, I worry about concentration of ownership in media, where you have a handful of media conglomerates largely controlling what we see, hear and read.
146 There is nobody that I know who believes that Bank of America is a human being who should be entitled for the same constitutional rights that the people of our country are.
147 At the current $5.15 an hour, the federal minimum wage has become a poverty wage. A full-time worker with one child lives below the official poverty line.
148 Do the elected officials in Washington stand with ordinary Americans – working families, children, the elderly, the poor – or will the extraordinary power of billionaire campaign contributors and Big Money prevail? The American people, by the millions, must send Congress the answer to that question.
149 Washington is dominated by big money.
150 One in four corporations doesn’t pay any taxes.
151 You’ve got the top 400 Americans owning more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans. Most folks do not think that is right.
152 As a single-payer advocate, I believe that at the end of the day, if a state goes forward and passed an effective single-payer program, it will demonstrate that you can provide quality health care to every man, woman and child in a more cost-effective way.
153 It is incomprehensible that drug companies still get away with charging Americans twice as much, or more, than citizens of Canada or Europe for the exact same drugs manufactured by the exact same companies.
154 Wall Street is greedy, reckless and they operate illegally. That’s fine. But what do you do?
155 We need an energy revolution by breaking our dependence on fossil fuels, polluting fuels… I am very, very confident our small state will lead this. We will be noticed by the country and the world.
156 In my view, a corporation is not a person. A corporation does not have First Amendment rights to spend as much money as it wants, without disclosure, on a political campaign.
157 Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs.
158 Look, if you have somebody who doesn’t have health insurance, who doesn’t have a doctor or dentist, and in order to deal with their cold or flu or dental problem, they go to an emergency room – in general, that visit will cost ten times more than walking into a community health center.
159 You know, I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that’s not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress.
160 If you ask me about my views on the environment, on women’s rights, on gay rights, I am liberal. I don’t have a problem with that at all. Some of my best friends are liberal.
161 Low-income people, racial or ethnic minorities, pregnant women, seniors, people with special needs, people in rural areas – they all have a much harder time accessing a dentist than other groups of Americans.
162 What Wall Street and credit card companies are doing is really not much different from what gangsters and loan sharks do who make predatory loans. While the bankers wear three-piece suits and don’t break the knee caps of those who can’t pay back, they still are destroying people’s lives.
163 Here is what the practical impact of Citizens United means. What Citizens United means is that corporations call hundreds of millions of dollars into television ads, radio ads, and other forms of advertising to defeat those candidates who stand up and take them on.
164 What the American people want to see in their president is somebody who not necessarily can win every fight, but they want to see him stand up and fight for what he believes, take his case to the American people.
165 Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America.
166 Finally, let understand that when we stand together, we will always win. When men and women stand together for justice, we win. When black, white and Hispanic people stand together for justice, we win.
1 Has an older brother, Lawrence (Larry) Sanders (b. April 25, 1934), who has lived in England since 1968 and in 2016 was named the Health Spokesperson for the Green Party of England and Wales.
2 Became the first Jewish person and the first non-Christian to win a presidential primary when he won the New Hampshire Primary in 2016.
3 His original family surname was Gutman. His father was born Eliasz Gutman in Poland, immigrated to the U.S. in 1921 at age 17, and legally changed his name to Elias Sanders upon obtaining official United States citizenship in 1927. It was common for European immigrants in the early 20th century to Anglicize their names to sound “more American”.
4 Taught political science at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1989.
5 Taught political science at Hamilton College in 1991.
6 Has a son named Levi, born in 1969 to Susan Campbell Mott.
7 Became mayor of Burlington, Vermont in 1980.
8 Has a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
9 Studied at Brooklyn College for a year (1959-60) before transferring to the University of Chicago.
10 Has a son named Levi and three stepchildren with Jane Driscoll.
11 Was captain of his Track team in high school.
12 In the summer of 1963, he was found guilty of resisting arrest during a demonstration against segregation in Chicago’s public schools and was fined $25.
13 Was present at the first Civil Rights sit-in in Chicago history when he and 32 other students at the University of Chicago participated in one in protest of the university’s segregated housing policy.
14 His father was a Polish immigrant whose family died in the Holocaust.
15 U.S. Senator from Vermont since 2007. He replaced fellow Vermonter Jim Jeffords as the only independent in the Senate and is one of two current Congressional independents (alongside Angus King).
16 Mayor of Burlington, the largest city in Vermont, 1981-1989.
17 Congressman from Vermont, 1991-2007. For most of his tenure, he was the only independent in the House of Representatives.


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The Ed Show 2012-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself – US Senator from Vermont
Ronan Farrow Daily 2014 TV Series Himself
Crossfire 2013-2014 TV Series Himself – U.S. Senator
The Independents 2014 TV Series Himself
The Cycle 2013 TV Series Himself
Jansing & Co. 2013 TV Series Himself
Moyers & Company 2012 TV Series Himself
The Big Fix 2012 Documentary Himself
Koch Brothers Exposed 2012 Documentary Himself – United States Senator for Vermont
Owned & Operated 2012 Documentary Himself
Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? 2011 Documentary Himself
Book TV 2011 TV Series Himself
ABC World News Tonight with David Muir 2011 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2011 TV Series Himself
Democracy Now! 2009-2010 TV Series Himself
Prime Votes 2010 TV Series Himself – Panelist
The Dylan Ratigan Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Capitalism: A Love Story 2009 Documentary Himself
Broadcast Blues 2009 Documentary Himself
The Northeast Kingdom Music Festival Film 2007 Video documentary
American Blackout 2006 Documentary Himself
Orwell Rolls in His Grave 2003 Documentary Congressman from Vermont

Archive Footage

Title Year Status Character
Watters’ World 2016 TV Series Himself / Himself – Former Democratic Presidential Candidate
Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself – Campaign Speech / Himself – With Hillary Clinton / …
Frontline 2008-2016 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself – Senator, Vermont
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself – New Hampshire Debate / Himself – At Democratic Convention / …
The Drunken Peasants 2015-2016 TV Series Himself
Democracy Now! 2005-2016 TV Series Himself
The Rachel Maddow Show 2016 TV Series Himself
Media Buzz 2015 TV Series Himself / Himself – 2016 Presidential Candidate
Extra 2015 TV Series Himself
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2015 TV Series Himself
The Greg Gutfeld Show 2015 TV Series Himself – 2016 Presidential Candidate
The Ed Show 2014 TV Series Himself
Occupy Unmasked 2012 Documentary Himself – Vermont Senator
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012 TV Series Himself
We’re Not Broke 2012 Documentary Himself – Senator, Vermont
Ethos 2011/I Documentary Himself – US Congress
Windfall 2010 Documentary Himself – Senator, Vermont
Fall of the Republic: The Presidency of Barack H. Obama 2009 Documentary Himself – Senator