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Bernie Sanders

Personal data
Date of birthSeptember 8, 1941(age 75)
Place of birthNew York City, New York
Political partyIndependent - (Democratic Socialist)
Other partyDemocratic (affiliated non-member)
Progressive (affiliated non-member)
Liberty Union
SpouseJane O'Meara
ChildrenLevi Sanders
ResidenceBurlington, Vermont
Alma materUniversity of Chicago (B.A.)
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2007
Serving with Patrick Leahy
Preceded byJim Jeffords
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Vermont's At-large district
In officeJanuary 3, 1991 - January 3, 2007
Succeeded byPeter Welch
Preceded byPeter P. Smith
Mayor of Burlington
In office1981 - 1989
Succeeded byPeter Clavelle
Preceded byGordon Paquette

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Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is the junior United States Senator from Vermont. He previously represented Vermont's at-large district in the United States House of Representatives. Sanders also served as mayor of Burlington, Vermont.

Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist, and has praised European social democracy. He is the first person elected to the U.S. Senate to identify as a socialist. Sanders caucuses with the Democratic Party and is counted as a Democrat for the purposes of committee assignments, but because he does not belong to a formal political party, he appears as an independent on the ballot. He was also the only independent member of the House during much of his service there.

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