Bernard “Bernie” Sanders, born in Brooklyn, New York on Sept 8, 1941. will soon announce he will challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic U.S. presidential nomination, according to multiple reports. Sanders is an independent member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Vermont. Being a self-described democratic socialist, he is a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus.
Sanders, who has become a favorite among progressives following his views on climate change and aggressive calls for banking reforms, was elected to the Senate in 2006 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives.
He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in the history of America. In 1981, he was elected as Mayor of Burlington by 12 votes and served four terms. His most recent win was registered in re-election in 2012. On Jan 2015, he soon became the Ranking Democratic Member for the Senate Budget Committee.
According to the Almanac of American Politics, Sanders is a “practical” and a “successful legislator.” He has primarily focused on the middle class and the income gap of America. Other issues that have been on his list of priorities consist of global warming, health care, fair trade policies, veteran supports and family farms preservation.
In 2010, Sanders hit the headlines with a nearly nine-hour Senate floor speech known as the Filibernie by some. His speech slammed a tax deal by President Obama with Republican leadership in Congress to extend Bush-era tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.
“It makes no sense to me to provide huge tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires while we drive up the national debt that our children and grandchildren will have to pay,” said Sander while slamming the deal.
After Sander’s staff had posted a livestream of his speech online, the Senate video server crashed. Sanders managed to quintuple his campaign funds during that fundraising quarter. His words were published in The Speech by Nation Books, with authorial proceeds going to Vermont charitable, non-profit organizations.