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Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator from Vermont, Democratic Party

Last Edit: July 12, 2016

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September 8, 1941

Bernard is born in NYC, to Eli, a Polish-Jewish immigrant, and Dorothy, a Russian-Jewish New Yorker.
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1941

Bernie also has an older brother, Larry
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Late 1940s

Bernie attends P.S. 197 elementary school in Brooklyn; is on a championship-winning basketball team.

1959

Bernie graduates from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, where he captained the track team.

1959

Bernie attends Brooklyn College.
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1959-60

At 18, Bernie feels stifled by Brooklyn College life, prefers reading books not set by his classes.
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1961

Bernie transfers to the University of Chicago.
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1961-62

Bernie becomes active in the Young People’s Socialist League and the South Side Socialist Party.

January 1962

Leads the UC Congress for Racial Equality in protesting university's off-campus housing segregation.
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1962-1963

At 21, Bernie writes controversial sexual freedom manifesto for UC student newspaper, The Maroon.

August 1963

Joins the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" w/Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
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1964

He graduates from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.
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1964

1964 Bernie spends 6 months on an Israeli kibbutz.
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1964

Bernie moves to Vermont w/college sweetheart Deborah Shiling. They marry. He works as a carpenter.

1964

He works as a carpenter. He also makes documentary films.

1966

Bernie and Deborah divorce after about 18 months of marriage.

1969

Bernie becomes a father when his girlfriend, Susan Campbell Mott, gives birth to son Levi Noah.

1971

Begins political career by joining the Liberty Union Party, a VT-based anti-war socialist party.
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1971-72

At 30, Bernie writes controversial sexuality & gender essay for alt. newspaper The Vermont Freeman.

1972

Runs on a Liberty Union ticket during the U.S. Senate special election in VT, coming last with 2.2%.

1972

He runs for Vermont's governorship as the Liberty Union candidate, coming last w/1.1% of the vote.

1974

Tries getting elected for VT's Senate seat on a Liberty Union ticket again; finishes last w/4.1%.

1976

Runs again for Vermont's governorship on a Liberty Union ticket; comes third with 6.1% of the vote.
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1979

Bernie resigns from Liberty Union Party, co-founds historical documentary film company aimed at elementary schools.
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1979

1979 Bernie completes documentary of American socialist leader Eugene Debs.

1981

Running as an Independent, is elected mayor of Vermont's largest city, Burlington. Wins 50.1%.

1983

He wins another term as Burlington's mayor, receiving 52.1% of the vote.

1984

He founds Burlington Community Land Trust, a non-profit that supports affordable low-income housing.

1985

He wins his third term as Burlington's mayor, receiving 56.1% of the vote.
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1986

In a 3rd attempt to become VT's governor, Bernie runs as an Independent. He comes in 3rd with 14.4%.
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1987

He is elected for his fourth term as Burlington's mayor, winning 55.9% of the vote.

1988

Bernie marries Jane O'Meara and becomes stepfather to three children from her previous marriage.

1988

Bernie runs as an Independent for VT's at-large district U.S. Representative, coming 2nd with 37.5%.
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November 1990

Wins in his 2nd attempt at becoming Representative for VT's at-large district, with 56% of the vote.

1991

With 5 Democratic U.S. Representatives, he co-founds left-leaning Congressional Progressive Caucus.

October 1992

Through Sanders' legislation, the U.S. Congress establishes the National Program of Cancer Registries.
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November 1992

Re-elected for his 2nd term as Representative of VT's at-large district, with 57.8% of the vote.
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November 1994

Re-elected for his 3rd term as Representative of VT's at-large district, with 49.8% of the vote.
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November 1996

Re-elected for his 4th term as Representative of VT's at-large district, with 55.2% of the vote.
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November 1998

Re-elected for his 5th term as Representative of VT's at-large district, with 63.4% of the vote.

July 1999

Leads a group of U.S. seniors to Canada to publicize how prescription drugs are cheaper there.

August 1999

Sanders legislates against IBM's pension cuts plan. IBM pays $320M to workers.
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November 2000

Re-elected for his 6th term as Representative of VT's at-large district, with 69.2% of the vote.
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November 2002

Re-elected for his 7th term as Representative of VT's at-large district, with 64.2% of the vote.
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November 2004

Re-elected for his 8th term as Representative of VT's at-large district, with 67.4% of the vote.

November 2006

Bernie is elected as a U.S. Senator for Vermont, winning 65.4% as an Independent candidate.

July 2010

Senate approves Sanders' proposed audit of the Federal Reserve's record during '08 financial crisis.
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December 2010

He delivers 9hr+ filibuster against continuing George W. Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier Americans.
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November 2012

Bernie is re-elected for a second term as a U.S. Senator for Vermont, winning 71% of the vote.

December 2012

Sanders is named chairman of the U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.
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March 2013

Bernie leads in stopping "chained-CPI" change to calculation of benefit cost-of-living increases.
2

June 2014

Senate passes bill overhauling Veterans' Affairs sponsored by Sanders & Republican John McCain.
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December 2014

Sanders is appointed ranking minority member of the Senate Budget Committee by Democratic caucus.
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May 2015

Bernie formally announces that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. president.

November 2015

The Sanders campaign releases its first advertisement.

December 2015

The DNC suspends Bernie's access to voter data; Bernie files suit and settles with the DNC.

January 2015

Quinnipiac releases a poll showing Sanders leading in Iowa by 49%-44% two weeks ahead of caucus.

2/1/16

Sanders loses Iowa caucus (49.9%-49.6%) but wins 21 of the available 44 delegates.
2

2/9/16

Bernie wins the New Hampshire Democratic primary by 22.4% (60.4%-38%) and wins 15 of 24 delegates.
2

2/27/16

Sanders falls behind with losses in NV and SC in the last 8 days: wins 29 delegates to Clinton's 59.

3/1/16

Super Tues. disappoints for Sanders: he wins 5 of 11 states while Clinton wins 511 of 859 delegates.

3/15/16

Bernie falls further behind Clinton after being swept in FL, IL, MO, NC and OH.

4/9/16

Bernie's campaign revived after wins in 7 of last 8 primaries (ID, UT, AK, HI, WA, WI and WY).
2

6/24/16

After losing momenturm, Bernie steps to the side and announces intent to vote for Clinton.
2

7/12/16

Sanders officially endorses Clinton at a unity rally in New Hampsire.

7/22/16

20,000 leaked emails from top DNC officials reveal negative remarks against Sanders campaign.
1940s

September 8, 1941

Bernard is born in NYC, to Eli, a Polish-Jewish immigrant, and Dorothy, a Russian-Jewish New Yorker.

#1

1941

Bernie also has an older brother, Larry

#2

Late 1940s

Bernie attends P.S. 197 elementary school in Brooklyn; is on a championship-winning basketball team.

#3
1950s

1959

Bernie graduates from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, where he captained the track team.

#4

1959

Bernie attends Brooklyn College.

#5

1959-60

At 18, Bernie feels stifled by Brooklyn College life, prefers reading books not set by his classes.

#6
1960s

1961

Bernie transfers to the University of Chicago.

#7

1961-62

Bernie becomes active in the Young People’s Socialist League and the South Side Socialist Party.

January 1962

Leads the UC Congress for Racial Equality in protesting university's off-campus housing segregation.

#8

1962-1963

At 21, Bernie writes controversial sexual freedom manifesto for UC student newspaper, The Maroon.

#9

August 1963

Joins the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" w/Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

#10

1964

He graduates from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

#11

1964

1964 Bernie spends 6 months on an Israeli kibbutz.

1964

Bernie moves to Vermont w/college sweetheart Deborah Shiling. They marry. He works as a carpenter.

#12

1964

He works as a carpenter. He also makes documentary films.

#13

1966

Bernie and Deborah divorce after about 18 months of marriage.

#14

1969

Bernie becomes a father when his girlfriend, Susan Campbell Mott, gives birth to son Levi Noah.

#15
1970s

1971

Begins political career by joining the Liberty Union Party, a VT-based anti-war socialist party.

#16

1971-72

At 30, Bernie writes controversial sexuality & gender essay for alt. newspaper The Vermont Freeman.

#17

1972

Runs on a Liberty Union ticket during the U.S. Senate special election in VT, coming last with 2.2%.

#18

1972

He runs for Vermont's governorship as the Liberty Union candidate, coming last w/1.1% of the vote.

#19

1974

Tries getting elected for VT's Senate seat on a Liberty Union ticket again; finishes last w/4.1%.

#20

1976

Runs again for Vermont's governorship on a Liberty Union ticket; comes third with 6.1% of the vote.

#21

1979

Bernie resigns from Liberty Union Party, co-founds historical documentary film company aimed at elementary schools.

1979

1979 Bernie completes documentary of American socialist leader Eugene Debs.

1980s

1981

Running as an Independent, is elected mayor of Vermont's largest city, Burlington. Wins 50.1%.

#22

1983

He wins another term as Burlington's mayor, receiving 52.1% of the vote.

#23

1984

He founds Burlington Community Land Trust, a non-profit that supports affordable low-income housing.

#24

1985

He wins his third term as Burlington's mayor, receiving 56.1% of the vote.

#25

1986

In a 3rd attempt to become VT's governor, Bernie runs as an Independent. He comes in 3rd with 14.4%.

#26

1987

He is elected for his fourth term as Burlington's mayor, winning 55.9% of the vote.

#27

1988

Bernie marries Jane O'Meara and becomes stepfather to three children from her previous marriage.

#28

1988

Bernie runs as an Independent for VT's at-large district U.S. Representative, coming 2nd with 37.5%.

#29
1990s

November 1990

Wins in his 2nd attempt at becoming Representative for VT's at-large district, with 56% of the vote.

#30

1991

With 5 Democratic U.S. Representatives, he co-founds left-leaning Congressional Progressive Caucus.

#31

October 1992

Through Sanders' legislation, the U.S. Congress establishes the National Program of Cancer Registries.

#32

November 1992

Re-elected for his 2nd term as Representative of VT's at-large district, with 57.8% of the vote.

#33

November 1994

Re-elected for his 3rd term as Representative of VT's at-large district, with 49.8% of the vote.

#34

November 1996

Re-elected for his 4th term as Representative of VT's at-large district, with 55.2% of the vote.

#35

November 1998

Re-elected for his 5th term as Representative of VT's at-large district, with 63.4% of the vote.

#36

July 1999

Leads a group of U.S. seniors to Canada to publicize how prescription drugs are cheaper there.

#37

August 1999

Sanders legislates against IBM's pension cuts plan. IBM pays $320M to workers.

#38
2000s

November 2000

Re-elected for his 6th term as Representative of VT's at-large district, with 69.2% of the vote.

#39

November 2002

Re-elected for his 7th term as Representative of VT's at-large district, with 64.2% of the vote.

#40

November 2004

Re-elected for his 8th term as Representative of VT's at-large district, with 67.4% of the vote.

#41

November 2006

Bernie is elected as a U.S. Senator for Vermont, winning 65.4% as an Independent candidate.

#42
2010s

July 2010

Senate approves Sanders' proposed audit of the Federal Reserve's record during '08 financial crisis.

#43

December 2010

He delivers 9hr+ filibuster against continuing George W. Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier Americans.

#44

November 2012

Bernie is re-elected for a second term as a U.S. Senator for Vermont, winning 71% of the vote.

#45

December 2012

Sanders is named chairman of the U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.

#46

March 2013

Bernie leads in stopping "chained-CPI" change to calculation of benefit cost-of-living increases.

#47

June 2014

Senate passes bill overhauling Veterans' Affairs sponsored by Sanders & Republican John McCain.

#48

December 2014

Sanders is appointed ranking minority member of the Senate Budget Committee by Democratic caucus.

#49

May 2015

Bernie formally announces that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. president.

#50

November 2015

The Sanders campaign releases its first advertisement.

December 2015

The DNC suspends Bernie's access to voter data; Bernie files suit and settles with the DNC.

January 2015

Quinnipiac releases a poll showing Sanders leading in Iowa by 49%-44% two weeks ahead of caucus.

2/1/16

Sanders loses Iowa caucus (49.9%-49.6%) but wins 21 of the available 44 delegates.

2/9/16

Bernie wins the New Hampshire Democratic primary by 22.4% (60.4%-38%) and wins 15 of 24 delegates.

2/27/16

Sanders falls behind with losses in NV and SC in the last 8 days: wins 29 delegates to Clinton's 59.

3/1/16

Super Tues. disappoints for Sanders: he wins 5 of 11 states while Clinton wins 511 of 859 delegates.

3/15/16

Bernie falls further behind Clinton after being swept in FL, IL, MO, NC and OH.

4/9/16

Bernie's campaign revived after wins in 7 of last 8 primaries (ID, UT, AK, HI, WA, WI and WY).

6/24/16

After losing momenturm, Bernie steps to the side and announces intent to vote for Clinton.

7/12/16

Sanders officially endorses Clinton at a unity rally in New Hampsire.

7/22/16

20,000 leaked emails from top DNC officials reveal negative remarks against Sanders campaign.

7/24/16

7/24/16

DNC's Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns in wake of anti-Sanders e-mail scandal.

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