Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator from Vermont

Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator from Vermont

Bernard Sanders was born in September 1941 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. He studied at Brooklyn College before transferring to the University of Chicago where he earned an undergraduate degree in political science. He quickly became a political activist, joining the Young People’s Socialist League and numerous other groups.

He became involved in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s. He worked with union organizers and on the campaigns of many politicians. He returned to New York City, working at various jobs including Head Start teacher, psychiatric aide, and carpenter. He moved to Vermont and began his political career. Sanders served for eight years as the mayor of Burlington. He was elected as the representative-at-large for Vermont to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1991. He has served as a member of the U.S. Senate since 2007.

He was a candidate for the presidency in the 2016 and 2020 election cycles.

He has been married twice, first to Deborah Messing with whom he had no children. He later had a son, Levi, born to his girlfriend, Susan Campbell Mott. He married Jane O’Meara Driscoll, by whom he has three stepchildren. He is Jewish.

In the News…

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Congress should refrain from providing $10 billion in funding for Israel. “While we recognize that Hamas’ barbaric terrorist attack began this war, we must also recognize that Israel’s military response has been grossly disproportionate, immoral, and in violation of international law,” he said. 

He also called for a “humanitarian ceasefire,” claiming that, since October 7, “over 22,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli strikes, two-thirds of these victims have been women and children – and 57,000 have been wounded.” 

He said, “Congress must reject that funding. The taxpayers of the United States must no longer be complicit in destroying the lives of innocent men, women, and children in Gaza.” 

In December, Senator Sanders voted against the aid package that President Biden’s administration requested to provide funding for Israel and for Ukraine.    

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Sanders today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Bernie Sanders
Senator from Vermont
332 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


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