Bernie Sanders

  • Born

    Bernie Sanders was born on September 8,1941 in Brooklyn New York
  • Graduated High School

    Graduated from James Madison High School
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    Attended University of Chicago
  • Graduated with Bachelors Degree

    Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1964
  • Beginning of political career

    joined the anti-Vietnam War Liberty Union Party (LU) in Vermont
  • Ran for U.S. Senate (lost)

    He lost
  • Ran for Governor of Vermont (lost)

    He lost
  • Ran for Senate (lost)

    He lost... again
  • Ran for governor of Vermont (lost)

    he lost
  • Resigned from LU

    and worked as a writer and the director of the nonprofit American People's Historical Society
  • Ran for Mayor of Burlington (won)

    defeated six-term Democratic incumbent Gordon Paquette by 10 votes in a four-way contest
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    Governor of Burlington, Vermont

    served three terms
  • Ran for House of Representatives (lost)

    incumbent Republican Congressman Jim Jeffords decided to run for the U.S. Senate, opening a spot in Vermont's At-large congressional district.
  • Taught political science

    Taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government
  • Ran for House of Representatives (won)

    He defeated Smith in a rematch, winning 56%-40%. He became the first independent elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 40 years
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    Member of the House

  • Taught political science

    Taught at Hamilton College
  • Ran for U.S. Senate (won)

    He was endorsed by Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, and Democratic National Committee Chairman and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. These endorsments were crucial because without them he probably would have lost the race
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    Member of the U.S. Senate

  • Reelected to the U.S. Senate

    with 71% of the vote.