Presidential elections will be held on Nov. 8 of next year, and one of these would-be electees is Independent senator of Vermont, Bernie Sanders.
Sanders’ political history includes four terms as mayor of Burlington, Vt, fifteen years as a House Representative, and ten years as Senator. During that time, he became known as a proponent for Universal Healthcare, climate change legislation, LGBT rights, and civil liberties.
Sanders entered the race for the U.S. Senate on April 21, 2005, and won with a 2 to 1 margin against Rich Tarrant.
In 2016, he announced that he would be running for president under the democratic party. “I don’t believe that the men and women who defended American democracy fought to create a situation where billionaires own the political process,” Sanders said in his speech.
Bernie Sanders was born on Sept. 8, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York City, NY. In 1964, he went to the University of Chicago and got a degree in political science. He is currently married to Jane O’Meara Driscoll, and has three kids.
Beginning his political career as a member of the Liberty Union Party, Sanders quickly left. During that short time there, however, he was able to gain many political connections that helped further his career.
When he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Sanders’s political opinions were both popular among the public and hated among his colleagues. He voted on many pro gun rights laws.
As far as political beliefs go, Sanders is blunt about his opinions. He describes himself as a democratic socialist, and wants to be a man for the people who feel like they don’t have a voice.
“When I came to Congress I tried to be a voice for people who did not have a voice–the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor. And that is what I will be doing as a candidate for president.” His campaign focuses on economical issues as well as the low employment rate the country is facing.
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