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Bernie Sanders is an American politician who has served as a United States Senator from Vermont since 2007. He is a democratic socialist and has been a vocal advocate for progressive policies that prioritize social justice and economic equality.
Sanders was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1941 and attended the University of Chicago, where he became involved in civil rights activism. He moved to Vermont in 1964 and became active in local politics, eventually serving as the mayor of Burlington from 1981 to 1989.
Sanders was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 and served there until 2007, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. During his time in Congress, he has been a vocal critic of income inequality, campaign finance laws, and corporate influence in politics. He has advocated for policies such as universal healthcare, a $15 minimum wage, and tuition-free public college education.
Sanders gained national attention in the 2016 presidential election, where he ran as a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination. Although he ultimately lost the nomination to Hillary Clinton, he garnered a significant following and helped to popularize progressive policies like Medicare for All and free college education.
Sanders ran again in the 2020 presidential election but ultimately suspended his campaign and endorsed Joe Biden. He continues to serve in the Senate and is widely considered to be one of the most prominent and influential progressive voices in American politics.