Bernie (Bernie) Sanders (I)

US Senator Bernie Sanders

Bernie (Bernie) Sanders (I)
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Capitol: 202.224.5141
FAX: 202.228.0776
District: 802.332.6186
Room 332 DSOB- Dirksen Senate Office Building 100 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-4504
481 Summer St.
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Residence:Burlington, VT

Committee Assignments

ChairmanSenate Committee on Budget
ChairmanSenate Defend Social Security Caucus
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
Co-ChairExpand Social Security Caucus (Senate)
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Chemical Safety, Waste Management, Environmental Justice, and Regulatory Oversight
FC MemberSenate Community Pharmacy Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Water and Power
MemberSenate Subcommittee on National Parks
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
MemberSenate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Children and Families
MemberSenate Committee on Environment and Public Works
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Energy
MemberSenate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear Safety
FC MemberSenate Nursing Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
FC MemberSenate Rural Education Caucus
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children
FC MemberSenate Friends of Scotland Caucus
FC MemberSenate Hunger Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberSenate Bike Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Members Group
FC MemberCongressional Former Mayors Caucus
FC MemberSenate Rural Health Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Senate Coalition
FC MemberSenate Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberSenate Military Family Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberSenate Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberSenate Veterans Jobs Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Service Caucus
FC MemberSenate Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO 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 Budget 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 Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where he has fought for greater access to affordable health care and improved education programs from pre-K to college.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Jane O'Meara Driscoll   DOB: 9/8/1941