Last updated on: 3/7/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

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

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
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:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?