Bernie (Bernie) Sanders (I)
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Capitol: 202.224.5141
FAX: 202.228.0776
District: 802.862.0697
Room 332 DSOB- Dirksen Senate Office Building 100 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-4504

Residence: Burlington, VT
Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Jane O'Meara Driscoll   DOB: 9/8/1941
Committee Assignments
FC MemberNortheast Agricultural Caucus
FC MemberHouse Livable Communities Task Force
Co-ChairHurricane Irene Coalition
FC MemberNortheast Water, Air, and Waste Management Caucus
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy
Co-ChairCongressional Telehealth Caucus
FC MemberDistributed Generation Caucus
Co-ChairHouse Outdoor Recreation Caucus (HORC)
FC MemberAccess to Legal Aid Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Energy Savings Performance Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberCongressional Creative Rights Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, Climate Change, and Manufacturing
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Local Food Systems, and Food Safety and Security
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Conservation, Climate, Forestry, and Natural Resources
MemberJoint Economic Committee
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Security
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime Freight, and Ports
MemberSenate Committee on Rules and Administration
FC MemberHouse Specialty Crops Caucus
FC MemberNorthern Border Caucus
FC MemberBrain Injury Task Force
MemberSenate Committee on the Judiciary
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberElectrification Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
Co-ChairDairy Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus


Bernie Sanders is serving his third term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2018. His previous 16 years in the House of Representatives make him the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history.

Born in 1941 in Brooklyn, Sanders attended James Madison High School, Brooklyn College and the University of Chicago. After graduating in 1964, he moved to Vermont. In 1981, he was elected (by 10 votes) to the first of four terms as mayor of Burlington. Sanders lectured at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and at Hamilton College in upstate New York before his 1990 election as Vermont's at-large member in Congress.

The Almanac of American Politics calls Sanders a "practical and successful legislator." Throughout his career he has focused on the shrinking American middle class and the growing income and wealth gaps in the United States. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Sanders in 2014 passed legislation reforming the VA health care system. Congressional Quarterly said he was able "to bridge Washington's toxic partisan divide and cut one of the most significant deals in years." Today, Sanders remains on the veterans committee and was tapped by Senate leadership to be the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. He also serves on the Environment and Public Works Committee, where he has focused on global warming and rebuilding our nation's crumbling infrastructure. He is a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where he has championed efforts to transform our energy system from fossil fuels to renewable power sources like solar and wind. He also sits on the Senate Budget Committee, which he was chairman of last Congress, and led the committee's fight against corporate greed.