Name: Bernard “Bernie” Sanders
Born: September 8, 1941
Bernie Sanders was born on September 8, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of Elias Sanders and Dorothy Sanders. He is the brother of Larry Sanders. Their mother died in 1959 at the age of 46 and their father passed away in 1962 at the age of 57.
He attended James Madison High School and also attended Hebrew school in the afternoons. After graduation, he studied at Brooklyn College in 1959 and 1960, but then transferred to the University of Chicago and completed his studies with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1964. In school, he joined the Young People’s Socialist League and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Bernie described himself as a mediocre student.
Bernie married in 1964 to Deborah Shiling. They were divorced in 1966. He then dated Susan Campbell Mott with whom they had a child, Levi, in 1969. Bernie then got married to Jane O’Meara Driscoll; they have three stepchildren – Dave, Carina and Heather – and seven grandchildren.
Prior to getting involved in politics, he worked in a wide variety of jobs after college, such as a carpenter and psychiatric aide in New York City. In 1968, Bernie moved to the state of Vermont and worked as a filmmaker, writer and carpenter.
Bernie started his political career in 1971 when he became a member of the Liberty Union Party. He ran as a Liberty Union candidate for Vermont governor and senator in 1972 and 1974, but he only gained single-digit support. In 1980, he ran for mayor of Burlington and was reelected three times.
In 1990, Bernie became the “first socialist elected” to the United States House of Representatives and served from 1991 until 2007. In 2007, he became an Independent senator. During his time in the Senate, he served on the Committee on the Budget, Committee on Environment and Public Works, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He switched to a Democrat in late 2015, and pledged to run as a Democrat in any future elections.
He announced his candidacy for U.S. President on April 30, 2015 and officially launched his campaign on May 26, 2015. Throughout the Democratic primary, Bernie had been a fierce foe to Hillary Clinton by polling very close to the former Secretary of State, and even winning a few states.
We estimate that Bernie Sanders’s net worth is $500,000 (2016).
So how much is $500,000 really?
$500,000 makes Bernie one of the poorest members of the Washington establishment. It’s also very little compared to Hillary Clinton’s $31.3 million net worth.
$500,000 can help you run a municipal campaign and perhaps a state representative or state senator campaign for public office. $500,000 can also match about two or three speaking fees charged by Hillary Clinton.