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Bernie Sanders Biography

Title:
US Senator (D-VT) and 2016 presidential candidate
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?"
Reasoning:

“In the year 2015, a job has got to lift workers out of poverty, not keep them in it. The $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage is a starvation wage. It has got to be increased to a living wage!

That means raising the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour!”

“Raise the Minimum Wage,” sanders.senate.gov, July 22, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the minimum wage. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the minimum wage.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 2016 Democratic Party Presidential Candidate
  • United States Senator (Independent-VT), Jan. 3, 2007-present
  • Chairman, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee
  • Member, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
  • Member, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • United States Representative (I-VT), 1991-2007
  • Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, 1981-1989
  • Former Director, American People’s Historical Society
  • Candidate for Governor of Vermont, 1976
  • US Senate Candidate, Liberty Union Party, 1974
  • US Senate Candidate, Liberty Union Party, 1972
  • Former Lecturer, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Former Lecturer, Hamilton College
  • Former documentary filmmaker
  • Former carpenter
Education:
  • BA, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1964
Contact Info:
Phone
202-224-5141
Email
Online Contact Form
Website
sanders.senate.gov
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @SenSanders
  • Born on Sep. 8, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY
  • Recipient, Col. Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award, Military Officers Association of America, 2015
  • Recipient, Congressional Award, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), 2015
  • Recipient, Patriot Award, American Legion, 2015
  • Keynote speaker, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) awards dinner, 2007
  • Keynote Speaker, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) national convention, 1999
  • Co-founder, Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), 1991
Quoted in:
Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased? – Pro & Con Quotes