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  Sanders, Bernie
CANDIDATE DETAILS
AffiliationIndependent  
<-  2019-07-03  
 
NameBernie Sanders
Address221 Van Patten Parkway
Burlington, Vermont 05408, United States
Emailbernie@bernie.org
Websitehttp://www.bernie.org
DonateDonate
Born September 08, 1941 (79 years)
ContributorClassical Liberal
Last ModifedRBH
Feb 20, 2020 09:46pm
Tags Caucasian - Jewish - Polish - Socialist - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Anti-Death Penalty - Anti-Missile Defense - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Health Care Reform - Pro Environment - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Labor - Married - Judaism - Straight -
InfoBernard ("Bernie") Sanders has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991, representing the state of Vermont as an Independent Socialist. He is currently running for the Senate, in the seat vacated by James Jeffords. He is the only independent member of the House, and is one of very few self-described socialists elected to federal office in the United States in recent times.

The son of a Polish immigrant, Sanders was born in New York and educated at Brooklyn College and the University of Chicago. He settled in Vermont in 1964. He was a member of the anti-Vietnam War Liberty Union Party, and in the 1970s was a candidate for state-wide office four times.

In 1981 Sanders ran for Mayor of Burlington, the largest city in Vermont. He defeated the six-term Democratic incumbent by 12 votes. Increasingly popular because of his successful revitalization of the downtown area, he won three more terms as Mayor of Burlington, defeating Democratic and Republican candidates.

Sanders lost his bid for the office of Governor of Vermont in 1986 and a race to become Vermont's member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988. But in 1990 he ran again for the House, this time successfully.

Sanders has held his seat for six successive terms, defeating both Democratic and Republican candidates, and becoming the longest-serving independent member of the House. In 1992 he took 57.8% of the vote to his Republican and Democratic opponents' respective 30.9% and 7.9% of the vote. In 1994, the year of a resounding mid-term Republican victory, he took 49.9% to his Republican opponent's 46.6%. In 1996 he took 55.2% to his Republican and Democratic opponents' respective 32.6% and 9.3%. In 1998, he trounced his Republican opponent 63.4% to 32.9%. In 2000, he took 69.2% to his Republican and Democratic opponents' respective 18.3% and 5.3%. In 2002, he took 64.3% to his Republican opponent's 32.3%. Most recently, in 2004, Sanders took 68.8% to his Republican opponent's 24.6% and Democratic opponent's 7.3%.

The House Republican leadership has chosen to treat Sanders as a de facto member of the Democratic delegation. Although relations between Sanders and House Democratic leadership have not always been smooth, Howard Dean in a May 2005 interview indicated that he considered Sanders an ally who voted with House Democrats. Sanders endorsed President Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996 and Al Gore in 2000. Sanders is a member, along with many of his left-leaning Democratic colleagues, of the House Progressive Caucus, which he co-founded and chaired for its first eight years.

Sanders opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq and voted against the resolution authorizing the use of force in the fall of 2002. He later joined almost all of his colleagues in voting for a non-binding resolution expressing support for U.S. troops at the outset of the invasion, although he gave a floor speech criticizing the partisan nature of the resolution and blasting the Bush administration's actions in the run-up to the war.

On the domestic front, Sanders supports universal health care and opposes foreign trade agreements which, he says, deprive American workers of their jobs while exploiting foreign workers in sweat-shop factories. An amendment he offered in 2005 to limit provisions giving the government power to obtain individuals' library and book-buying records passed the House by a signficant bi-partisan majority, giving President Bush a rare and major legislative defeat and marking the first rejection of any section of the USA PATRIOT Act. His lifetime legislative score from the AFL-CIO is 100%. In contrast, as of 2004, he has a grade of "F" from the National Rifle Association.

With the retirement of Independent Senator Jim Jeffords, Sanders has announced his intention to seek Jefford's U.S. Senate seat in the 2006 election cycle. Howard Dean, DNC chairperson has indicated that he will not put a candidate up against Sanders, paving the way for an easier victory against any Republican opposition. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senators Hillary Clinton (NY) and Charles Schumer (NY) have also announced their support for Sanders.

According to the leftist magazine In These Times, "Judging from his popularity, Sanders' election is all but assured. If he takes office, he will become the Senate's most progressive member."


JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
03/27/2020-03/30/2020 Selzer & Co. 42.00% ( 0.0) 43.00% ( 0.0) 15.00% ( 0.0)
10/30/2018-11/01/2018 Gravis Marketing 63.00% ( 0.0) 34.00% ( 0.0) 3.00% ( 0.0)
07/06/2018-07/16/2018 Braun Research 66.00% ( 0.0) 24.00% ( 0.0) 10.00% ( 0.0)
01/01/2017-03/31/2017 Morning Consult 75.00% ( 0.0) 21.00% ( 0.0) 4.00% ( 0.0)
07/28/2011-07/31/2011 Public Policy Polling 67.00% ( 0.0) 28.00% ( 0.0) 5.00% ( 0.0)
04/28/2004-04/30/2004 Research 2000 58.00% ( 0.0) 21.00% ( 0.0) 21.00% ( 0.0)
FAVORABILITY POLLS
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
03/17/2016-03/24/2016 Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (D) 45.00% ( 0.0) 40.00% ( 0.0) 15.00% ( 0.0)

BOOKS
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The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class  Purchase Craverguy 
Outsider in the House  Purchase Craverguy 

EVENTS
Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Apr 14, 2020 11:00am Statement Sanders says opposing Biden is ‘irresponsible’  Article RP 
Feb 23, 2020 09:10pm News On 60 Minutes, Bernie says it’s ‘unfair to say everything is bad’ about Cuban revolution  Article EastTexasDem 
Feb 22, 2020 10:00am Election Guide Sanders condemns Russian interference in 2020 elections  Article PA Indy 
Jan 30, 2020 06:30pm News Bernie Sanders’ 1972 Comments on Segregationist Governor Spark Uproar  Article EastTexasDem 
May 22, 2019 04:00am Strategy Small-dollar Bernie sidles up to big money  Article RP 
Apr 24, 2019 10:30pm News Sanders gets tough reception at minority women’s event, signaling challenges ahead  Article EastTexasDem 

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DISCUSSION
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FAMILY
Wife Jane O'Meara Sanders 00, 1988-
Son Levi Sanders 0000-
Father Eli Sanders 1904-1962
Brother Larry Sanders 1934-
Stepdaughter Carina N. Driscoll 1974-

INFORMATION LINKS
RACES
  01/20/2021 US Secretary of Labor ???
  08/18/2020 US President - D Convention Lost 24.42% (-51.06%)
  08/11/2020 US President - R Primaries Lost 0.00% (-94.09%)
  07/12/2020 PR US President - D Primary Lost 14.79% (-47.57%)
  07/11/2020 US President - G Convention Lost 0.28% (-58.54%)
  01/03/2019 Budget Committee Chairman Lost 47.62% (-4.76%)
  11/06/2018 VT US Senate Won 67.36% (+39.92%)
  11/06/2018 VT Governor Lost 0.00% (-55.18%)
  08/14/2018 VT US Senate - D Primary Won 94.02% (+88.46%)
  08/14/2018 VT US Senate - R Primary Lost 4.13% (-33.34%)
  08/14/2018 VT US Senate - PRG Primary Won 85.27% (+76.03%)
  01/03/2017 Budget Committee Chairman Lost 47.62% (-4.76%)
  12/19/2016 US President - Electoral Vote Lost 0.19% (-56.32%)
  11/08/2016 US President - Popular Vote Lost 0.07% (-48.11%)
  11/08/2016 VT Governor Lost 0.02% (-52.89%)
  11/08/2016 VT Lt. Governor Lost 0.01% (-52.08%)
  11/08/2016 VT Treasurer Lost 0.01% (-82.30%)
  11/08/2016 VT Secretary of State Lost 0.01% (-89.37%)
  11/08/2016 VT US Senate Lost 0.03% (-61.23%)
  11/08/2016 VT At-Large Lost 0.02% (-89.51%)
  08/09/2016 VT US Senate - PRG Primary Lost 7.76% (-44.08%)
  08/09/2016 VT US Senate - R Primary Lost 0.05% (-96.81%)
  08/09/2016 VT Secretary of State - D Primary Lost 0.02% (-99.62%)
  08/09/2016 VT At-Large - R Primary Lost 0.76% (-60.30%)
  08/09/2016 VT At-Large - D Primary Lost 0.03% (-99.46%)
  08/09/2016 VT Governor - D Primary Lost 0.02% (-50.34%)
  08/09/2016 VT US Senate - D Primary Lost 0.08% (-88.51%)
  08/09/2016 VT Governor - PRG Primary Won 23.83% (-1.91%)
  07/26/2016 US President - D Convention Lost 39.16% (-20.52%)
  05/24/2016 WA US President - D Primary Lost 47.62% (-4.75%)
  05/17/2016 OR US President - IndOR Primary Lost 29.73% (-3.57%)
  05/10/2016 NE US President - D Primary Lost 46.92% (-6.15%)
  03/07/2016 US President - G Primaries Lost 0.03% (-73.92%)
  02/09/2016 US President - D Primaries Lost 43.12% (-12.10%)
  01/03/2015 Budget Chairman Lost 45.45% (-9.09%)
  01/03/2013 Veterans' Affairs Chairperson Won 57.14% (+14.29%)
  11/06/2012 Energy Committee Seat 4 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2012 Environment Committee Seat 5 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2012 VT US Senate Won 71.03% (+46.13%)
  11/06/2012 Budget Committee Seat 4 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2006 VT US Senate Won 65.41% (+33.04%)
  09/12/2006 VT US Senate - D Primary Won 94.15% (+92.62%)
  11/02/2004 VT At-Large Won 67.37% (+42.90%)
  09/14/2004 VT At Large - PRG Primary Won 47.23% (+11.54%)
  09/14/2004 VT At-Large - D Primary Lost 10.88% (-75.26%)
  11/05/2002 VT At-Large Won 64.26% (+31.96%)
  09/10/2002 VT At-Large - D Primary Won 65.15% (+30.29%)
  11/07/2000 VT At-Large Won 69.21% (+50.87%)
  09/12/2000 VT At-Large - R Primary Lost 1.74% (-90.74%)
  09/12/2000 VT At-Large - D Primary Lost 5.92% (-85.02%)
  11/03/1998 VT At-Large Won 63.40% (+30.52%)
  09/08/1998 VT At-Large - D Primary Won 47.88% (+32.78%)
  11/05/1996 VT At-Large Won 55.23% (+22.64%)
  09/08/1996 VT At-Large - D Primary Lost 29.52% (-38.42%)
  11/08/1994 VT At-Large Won 49.89% (+3.30%)
  09/06/1994 VT At-Large - D Primary Won 42.45% (+11.00%)
  11/03/1992 VT At-Large Won 57.78% (+26.92%)
  11/06/1990 VT At-Large Won 56.00% (+16.48%)
  09/11/1990 VT At-Large - D Primary Lost 13.84% (-27.43%)
  11/08/1988 VT At-Large Lost 37.50% (-3.71%)
  03/03/1987 Burlington, VT Mayor Won 55.89% (+11.77%)
  11/04/1986 VT Governor Lost 14.45% (-32.57%)
  03/05/1985 Burlington, VT Mayor Won 56.09% (+24.20%)
  03/01/1983 Burlington, VT Mayor Won 52.12% (+21.44%)
  03/03/1981 Burlington, VT Mayor Won 43.43% (+0.11%)
  11/02/1976 VT Governor Lost 6.09% (-47.30%)
  11/05/1974 VT US Senate Lost 4.13% (-45.34%)
  11/07/1972 VT Governor Lost 1.15% (-54.09%)
  01/07/1972 VT US Senate - Special Election Lost 2.20% (-62.11%)
ENTERED, DROPPED OUT
  08/11/2020 US President - D Primaries Lost 26.63% (-24.83%)
SPECULATIVE, DID NOT RUN
  08/11/2020 US Vice President - D Selection Lost 0.00% (-100.00%)
  04/01/2020 US President - G Primaries Lost 0.04% (-35.02%)
  01/03/2015 Veterans' Affairs Chairman Lost 0.00% (-53.33%)
  11/04/2014 Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairperson Lost 0.00% (-54.55%)
ENDORSEMENTS
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CA State Assembly 59 - Nov 03, 2020 D Reggie Jones-Sawyer
Los Angeles City Council - District 4 - Runoff - Nov 03, 2020 N Nithya Raman
TX District 25 - Nov 03, 2020 D Julie Oliver
GA US Senate - Special Election - Nov 03, 2020 D Raphael Warnock
NH Governor - D Primary - Sep 08, 2020 D Andru Volinsky
Broward State Attorney - 17th Judicial Circuit - D Primary - Aug 18, 2020 D Joe Kimok
MN District 05 - D Primary - Aug 11, 2020 D Ilhan Omar
VT Governor - D Primary - Aug 11, 2020 PRG David E. Zuckerman
PR Governor - PPD Primary - Aug 16, 2020 PPD Carmen Yulín Cruz
Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney - Primary - Aug 08, 2020 N Jacquie Esser
WA District 10 - Blanket Primary - Aug 04, 2020 D Beth Doglio
MO District 01 - D Primary - Aug 04, 2020 D Cori Bush
MI State House 009 - D Primary - Aug 04, 2020 D Roslyn M. Ogburn
MO State Senate 05 - D Primary - Aug 04, 2020 D Megan Ellyia Green
Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney - D Primary - Aug 04, 2020 D Victoria Burton-Harris
St. Louis City Circuit Attorney - D Primary - Aug 04, 2020 D Kimberly M. Gardner
Washtenaw County, MI Prosecuting Attorney - D Primary - Aug 04, 2020 D Eli Savit
TX District 10 - D Runoff - Jul 14, 2020 D Mike Siegel
NJ District 05 - D Primary - Jul 07, 2020 D Arati Kreibich
District Attorney - Arapahoe - D Primary - Jun 30, 2020 D Amy Padden
District Attorney - 12th District - D Primary - Jun 30, 2020 D Alonzo Payne
Albany County District Attorney - D Primary - Jun 23, 2020 D Matthew A. Toporowski
NY State Senate 13 - D Primary - Jun 23, 2020 D Jessica Ramos
NY State Senate 18 - D Primary - Jun 23, 2020 D Julia Salazar
KY US Senate - D Primary - Jun 23, 2020 D Charles Booker
NY District 16 - D Primary - Jun 23, 2020 D Jamaal Bowman
NY District 17 - D Primary - Jun 23, 2020 D Mondaire Jones
NY District 15 - D Primary - Jun 23, 2020 D Samelys Lopez
SC State House 090 - D Primary - Jun 09, 2020 D Justin Bamberg
SC State House 111 - D Primary - Jun 09, 2020 D Wendell G. Gilliard
PA State House 034 - D Primary - Jun 02, 2020 D Summer L. Lee
PA State Senate 01 - D Primary - Jun 02, 2020 D Nikil Saval
PA State Senate 17 - D Primary - Jun 02, 2020 D Amanda Cappelletti
PA State House 188 - D Primary - Jun 02, 2020 D Rick Krajewski
IL District 03 - D Primary - Mar 17, 2020 D Marie Newman
CA District 53 - Open Primary - Mar 03, 2020 D Georgette Gomez
TX District 28 - D Primary - Mar 03, 2020 D Jessica Cisneros
US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia - Apr 10, 2019 NPA Reject
VT State Senate - Rutland County - Nov 06, 2018 D Scott Garren
NY Attorney General - D Primary - Sep 13, 2018 D Zephyr Teachout
FL Governor - D Primary - Aug 28, 2018 D Andrew T. Gillum
KS District 03 - D Primary - Aug 07, 2018 D Brent Welder
KS District 04 - D Primary - Aug 07, 2018 D James Thompson
US Secretary of Veterans Affairs - Jul 23, 2018 NPA Reject
CO State House 09 - D Primary - Jun 26, 2018 D Emily Sirota
CO Attorney General - D Primary - Jun 26, 2018 D Joseph A. Salazar
MD Governor - D Primary - Jun 26, 2018 D Ben Jealous
IA - District 03 - D Primary - Jun 05, 2018 D Pete D'Alessandro
GA Governor - D Primary - May 22, 2018 D Stacey Abrams
PA District 07 - D Primary - May 15, 2018 D Gregory Edwards
PA Lieutenant Governor - D Primary - May 15, 2018 D John K. Fetterman
IL District 04 - D Primary - Mar 20, 2018 D Jesus G. "Chuy" Garcia
IL District 03 - D Primary - Mar 20, 2018 D Marie Newman
Burlington, VT Mayor - Mar 06, 2018 PRG Carina N. Driscoll
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board - Jan 23, 2018 NPA Reject
US Secretary of the Army - Nov 15, 2017 NPA Reject
Atlanta Mayor - Nov 07, 2017 D Vincent Fort
US Ambassador to the Holy See - Oct 16, 2017 NPA Reject
GA District 06 - Special Runoff - Jun 20, 2017 D Jon Ossoff
VA Governor - D Primary - Jun 13, 2017 D Tom Perriello
US Trade Representative - May 11, 2017 NPA Reject
US Secretary of Agriculture - Apr 24, 2017 NPA Reject
US Director of National Intelligence - Mar 15, 2017 NPA Reject
US Secretary of Commerce - Feb 27, 2017 NPA Reject
DNC Party Chair - Feb 25, 2017 D Keith M. Ellison
US Secretary of Transportation - Jan 31, 2017 NPA Reject
US Ambassador to the United Nations - Jan 24, 2017 NPA Reject
Berkeley Mayor - Nov 08, 2016 D Jesse Arreguin
UK Parliament - Witney - By-election - Oct 20, 2016 GPEW Larry Sanders
FL District 23 - D Primary - Aug 30, 2016 NPA Tim Canova
WA District 07 - Blanket Primary - Aug 02, 2016 D Pramila Jayapal
NY District 19 - D Primary - Jun 28, 2016 D Zephyr Teachout
NV District 04 - D Primary - Jun 14, 2016 D Lucy Flores
US Attorney General - Apr 23, 2015 D Loretta Lynch
Chicago Mayor - Runoff - Apr 07, 2015 D Jesus G. "Chuy" Garcia
US Secretary of Commerce - Jun 25, 2013 NPA Reject
C.I.A. Director - Mar 07, 2013 NPA Reject
US Secretary of the Treasury - Feb 27, 2013 NPA Reject
US Senate Control - Nov 06, 2012 D Democratic Party Control
US Senate Majority Leader - Nov 06, 2012 D Harry Reid
US Senate Control - Nov 02, 2010 D Democratic Party Control
VT Auditor - D Primary - Aug 24, 2010 D Doug Hoffer
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board - Jan 28, 2010 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 06, 2009 I Sonia Sotomayor
US Secretary of Health and Human Services - Apr 28, 2009 D Howard Dean
U.S. Trade Representative - Mar 18, 2009 NPA Reject
US Attorney General - Feb 02, 2009 D Eric Holder
US Secretary of the Treasury - Jan 26, 2009 NPA Reject
OMB Director - Sep 04, 2007 NPA Reject
US Senate Control - Nov 07, 2006 D Democratic Party Control
VT At-Large - Nov 07, 2006 D Peter Welch
NY District 11 - D Primary - Sep 12, 2006 D Chris Owens
VT Lt. Governor - D Primary - Sep 14, 2004 D Cheryl Rivers
VT Governor - Nov 05, 2002 D Doug Racine
US President - Dec 18, 2000 D Al Gore
VT Governor - Nov 07, 2000 PRG Anthony Pollina
US President - Dec 16, 1996 D Bill Clinton
VT US President - D Primary - Mar 01, 1988 D Jesse L. Jackson
VT US President - Nov 06, 1984 DFL Walter F. "Fritz" Mondale
VT US President - Nov 04, 1980 SWP Clifton DeBerry
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