|Bernie Sanders for President|
|Campaign||U.S. presidential election, 2016|
U.S. Senator from Vermont
U.S. Representative (1991–2007)
Mayor of Burlington (1981–1989)
(Serves as Independent in U.S. Senate)
|Status||Announced: April 30, 2015
Formal launch: May 26, 2015
|Headquarters||131 Church Street Suite 300
|Key people||Jeff Weaver, campaign manager|
|Slogan||A Political Revolution Is Coming
Not For Sale
|Chant||Feel The Bern!|
The 2016 presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, the junior United States Senator and former Congressman from Vermont, began with a formal announcement by Sanders on May 26, 2015 in Burlington, Vermont, which followed an informal announcement on April 30. Sanders had been considered a potential candidate for President of the United States since at least November 2013. Many of his views align with those of the Democratic Party, he caucuses with Democrats in the Senate, and he has confirmed that he is running as a Democrat.
Sanders says that his campaign will focus on the income and wealth inequality that he claims has eroded the American middle class, and campaign finance reform. Unlike the other presidential candidates, Sanders will not pursue funding through a Super PAC, instead focusing on small individual donations.
Senator Bernie Sanders announced his bid for the presidential nomination. He made the announcement from Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT. Watch the complete Senator Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign Announcement event here: There are technical difficulties in this video.
Bernie Sanders is a Democratic candidate for President of the United States. In 2006, he was elected to the U.S. Senate after 16 years as Vermont’s sole congressman in the House of Representatives. Bernie is now serving his second term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2012 with 71 percent of the vote.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, he attended James Madison High School, Brooklyn College, and the University of Chicago. After graduating, he moved to Vermont where he worked as a carpenter and documentary filmmaker. In 1981, he was elected as mayor of Burlington, the state’s largest city, by a mere 10 votes.
As mayor, Bernie’s leadership helped transform Burlington into one of the most exciting and livable small cities in America. Under his administration, the city made major strides in affordable housing, progressive taxation, environmental protection, child care, women’s rights, youth programs and the arts.
In Congress, Bernie has fought tirelessly for working families, focusing on the shrinking middle class and growing gap between the rich and everyone else. Bernie has been called a “practical and successful legislator” and he was dubbed the “amendment king” in the House of Representatives for passing more amendments than any other member of Congress. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Bernie worked across the aisle to “bridge Washington’s toxic partisan divide and cut one of the most significant deals in years.” In 2015, Democratic leadership tapped Bernie to serve as the caucus’ ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee.
Bernie lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife Jane. He has four children and seven grandchildren.