Political Highlights: Liberty Union candidate for U.S. Senate, 1972; Liberty Union candidate for governor, 1972; Liberty Union candidate for U.S. Senate, 1974; Liberty Union candidate for governor, 1976; mayor of Burlington, 1981-89; independent candidate for governor, 1986; independent candidate for U.S. House, 1988; U.S. House, 1991-2007; U.S. Senate, 2007-present Born: Sept. 8, 1941; Brooklyn, N.Y. Residence: Burlington Religion: Jewish Family: Wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders; four children Education: Brooklyn College, attended 1959-60; U. of Chicago, A.B. 1964 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2006 (2nd term) Committee Assignments: Budget; Energy & Natural Resources (Energy; National Parks; Water & Power); Environment & Public Works (Clean Air & Nuclear Safety; Green Jobs & the New Economy; Transportation & Infrastructure); Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (Children & Families; Primary Health & Aging - Chairman); Veterans' Affairs; Joint Economic
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.