The readers have spoken, and Bernie Sanders has been named TIME Person of the Year.
In the TIME readers’ poll, Sanders managed to win the title with a little over 10 percent of the vote. TIME says the poll closed last Sunday midnight. And when it did, the Vermont Senator was well ahead of Pakistani girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai who was in second place with 5.2 percent of the votes. Meanwhile, TIME’s 2013 Person of the Year Pope Francis placed third this year with 3.7 percent of the votes while U.S. President Barack Obama placed fourth with 3.5 percent of the votes. In addition, fellow presidential candidates Donald Trump only got 1.8 percent of the votes while Democratic rival Hillary Clinton got 1.4 percent.
As a Democratic nominee for the presidential race of 2016, Sanders has been outspoken about several issues including income and wealth inequality; debt-free and tuition-free college; modernizing infrastructure to support jobs; fighting climate change; having a “living wage;” racial justice; fair immigration policy; women’s rights; LGBT equality; veteran care and assistance; improved and expanded social security; overhauling Wall Street; lower drug prices; family values and diplomatic solutions before war.
Bernie Sanders served as the only Vermont congressman in the House of Representatives for 16 years. He is currently serving his second term in the U.S. senate after he won a reelection with 71 percent of votes. He was first elected to the U.S. senate back in 2006.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sanders had moved to Vermont after he graduated from the University of Chicago and worked as a carpenter and documentary filmmaker. He then served as a mayor of Burlington in 1981, where he won by just 10 votes.