Who is Bernie Sanders and what is his net worth 2018? Bernard Sanders has been the junior United States Senator from the northeastern state of Vermont since the year 2007. He is also the longest-serving independent in the history of U.S Congress. He caucuses with the Democrats since being elected to the House of Representatives in 1991.
Bernard Sanders was born on September 8 in the year 1941. He was born to Elias Sanders, and Dorothy Sanders in Brooklyn, New York City. His father Elias Sanders was born in Słopnice, Poland to Jewish parents and his mother was born in New York City to Jewish immigrant parents from Poland and Russia. Many of Sander’s father’s relatives were killed in the Holocaust.
As a child, Sanders became interested in politics. He has an older brother Larry who had a great influence on him since childhood. Larry is an American-British academic and social worker. He is also the health Spokesperson of the Green Party of England and Wales. Bernie lived on East 26th Street in Midwood, Brooklyn.
Sanders’ parents were not wealthy, but they always had bread on their table. His mother died at the age of 46, and his father died soon after. He lost his parents after he graduated high school. Bernie was close to his brother Larry. Sanders joined the Young People’s Socialist League when he was in University. He was also active in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1962, Sanders led a rally when in University of Chicago to protest the then university president George Wells Beadle’s segregated campus housing policy.
After graduation, Sanders moved back home to New York. Sanders worked a variety of odd jobs like a carpenter, writer and a filmmaker. He was a writer at alternative publication The Vermont Freeman.
Sander’ political career began in political career in 1971. He became a member of the Liberty Union Party. He ran for the governor of Vermont in 1972 and 1976. Sanders also ran for U.S. senator in 1972 and 1974 with the Liberty Union. He also lectured at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and also the Hamilton College in upstate New York. Sanders resigned from the Liberty Union and worked for the nonprofit American People’s Historical Society. He made a documentary about American Socialist leader Eugene V. Debs.
In 1980, Sanders ran and won the position of the mayor of Burlington, Vermont. He was the mayor for eight years from the year 1981 to 1989. He defeated both the Democratic and Republican candidates and was reelected three times. Sanders calls himself a socialist. Throughout his career, Sanders focused on the middle class and the problem of wealth disparities in the United States. As the chairman of the Senate Committee on the Veterans’ Affairs, Sanders reformed the U.S. Veterans Administration’s health care system in 2014.
Bernie expressed his desires to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in April of 2015. Sanders also refused not to pursue funding through a Super PAC or from any billionaire. His campaign raised $1.5 million immediately after its launch. He raised $73 million at the end of the year.
He used social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to help his campaign gain momentum. Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee after the final primary election. He formally endorsed Clinton following his loss. Bernie had previously criticised Clinton for accepting foreign donations and corruption. But, eventually, he endorsed her as he believed that Donald Trump could not be allowed to win.
Sanders currently serves on the Environment and Public Works Committee. His work on this committee is to combat global warming. Sanders concentrates on building dams, roads, and highways. Sanders has strongly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq publically. He is anti-war. He is a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community.
Sanders and his ex- wife Deborah Shiling met in 1963 in college. They married in the year 1964. The couple had no children and divorced in 1966. Sanders had a son Levi Sanders with his girlfriend, Susan Campbell Mott. In 1988 he got married to Jane O’Meara Driscoll. She became the president of Burlington College, in Burlington, Vermont after Bernie got elected as the mayor.
He said that he considers Jane’s children as his own and has seven grandchildren. Sanders also acted in the film My X-Girlfriend’s Wedding Reception in the year 1999. Sanders won the Time Magazine’s 2015 “Person of the Year.” During childhood, Bernie was raised as a Jew. He is not religious and came out as an atheist.
Education: Bernie Sanders attended the elementary school at P.S. 197 in Brooklyn., New York He also used to attend the Hebrew school in the afternoons. Sanders went to the James Madison High School for his senior high school years. He studied at the Brooklyn College and later transferred to the University of Chicago. Sanders graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science in the year 1964. He has often called his college years as boring and irrelevant. His biggest influence was his older brother Larry.
Net Worth of Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders’ net worth is $1 million. He earns an $5,000 annual pension from his time serving as the mayor of Burlington. According to a report, Sanders has assets worth $187,026 to $759,004. He also has debt worth $25,002 to $65,000.
Sanders owns a condominium in Vermont which is priced at $100,000.
Sanders is one of the most experienced politicians in American political circuit. There is a lot we can expect from him in the years to come. Bernie is not going to retire from politics anytime soon in spite of his age.