Bernard Sanders is a Senator from Vermont. Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1941, he earned his B.S. from the University of Chicago in 1964. He served on faculty at Harvard University in 1989 and at Hamilton College in 1990. He has been a carpenter, journalist, and unsuccessful independent candidate for the United States Senate in 1972 and 1974. He also ran unsuccessfully as an independent candidate for governor of Vermont in 1972, 1976, and 1986.
He was mayor of Burlington, VT, from 1981-1989, and ran unsuccessfully as an independent candidate to the 101st Congress in 1988. He was elected as an independent to the 102nd and to the seven succeeding Congresses. He was elected as an Independent to the United States Senate in 2006. He chaired the Committee on Veterans Affairs (113th Congress).
Bernie Sanders unsuccessfully sought the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination and is a candidate for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination. You can learn more about Senator Bernie Sanders' spending and budget votes at SpendingTracker.org