Bernie Sanders announces his run for the Presidency.
Bernard “Bernie” Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician who has been the junior United States Senator from Vermont since 2007. Sanders has had the longest time in office of any independent in U.S. congressional history. Since his election to the House of Representatives in 1991, he has caucused with the Democratic Party, which has entitled him to congressional committee assignments and at times given Democrats a majority. Sanders became the ranking minority member on the Senate Budget Committee in January 2015; he had previously been chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee for two years. Sanders’ campaign against Hillary Clinton for the party’s 2016 U.S. presidential nomination raised more money in small, individual contributions than any other in American history, and helped him rise to international recognition. This was the only time in Sanders’ career that he publicly identified as a Democrat, and he has since announced he will return to the Senate as an independent. A self-described democratic socialist, Sanders is pro-labor and emphasizes reversing economic inequality. Many scholars consider his views to be more in line with social democracy and New Deal-era American progressivism than democratic socialism.