U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-VT, announced in May 2015 that he was seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the 2016 presidential race.
Sanders' platform focuses primarily on economic inequality and environmental issues.
Sanders was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. He served in the House of Representatives from 1991-2007. He is an admitted socialist and a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus.
Sanders began his political career in 1981, when he was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont's largest city, according to his campaign website.
His website states that Sanders has spent his time in congress fighting “tirelessly for working families, focusing on the shrinking middle class and growing gap between the rich and everyone else.”
Sanders was also nicknamed the “amendment king” in the House of Representatives, his website states, for passing more amendments than any other member of Congress.
Sanders and his wife, Jane, have four children and seven grandchildren.
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