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Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.)

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 of Representatives, 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; Fisheries, Wildlife & Water; Transportation & Infrastructure); Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (Children & Families; Primary Health and Retirement Security - Ranking Member); Veterans' Affairs

Election History
2012generalBernard Sanders (I) 207,84871.0
John MacGovern (R) 72,89824.9
Cris Ericson (UMJ) 5,9242.0
Peter Diamondstone (LU) 2,5110.9
Peter Moss (PPR) 2,4520.8
Laurel LaFramboise (VKI) 8770.3
2006generalBernard Sanders (I) 171,63865.4
Rich Tarrant (R) 84,92432.4
Cris Ericson (I) 1,7350.7
Craig Hill (VGE) 1,5360.6
Peter Moss (ABC) 1,5180.6
Peter Diamondstone (LU) 8010.3
2004generalBernard Sanders (I, PRO) 205,77467.5
Greg Parke (R) 74,27124.4
Larry Drown (D) 21,6847.1
Jane Newton (LU) 3,0181.0
2002generalBernard Sanders (I) 144,88064.3
William Meub (R) 72,81332.3
Jane Newton (PRO) 3,1851.4
Fawn Skinner (VG) 2,3441.0
Daniel Krymkowski (LIBERT) 2,0330.9
2000generalBernard Sanders (I) 196,11869.2
Karen Kerin (R) 51,97718.3
Peter Diamondstone (D) 14,9185.3
Stewart Skrill (I) 11,8164.2
Jack Rogers (VG) 4,7991.7
Daniel Krymkowski (LIBERT) 2,9781.1
1998generalBernard Sanders (I) 136,40363.4
Mark Candon (R) 70,74032.9
Matthew Mulligan (VG) 3,4641.6
Peter Diamondstone (LU) 2,1531.0
Robert Maynard (LIBERT) 2,0971.0
1996generalBernard Sanders (I) 140,67855.2
Susan Sweetser (R) 83,02132.6
Jack Long (D) 23,8309.4
Thomas Morse (LIBERT) 2,6931.1
Peter Diamondstone (LU) 1,9650.8
Robert Melamede (VG) 1,3500.5
Norio Kushi (NL) 8120.3
1994generalBernard Sanders (I) 105,50249.9
John Carroll (R) 98,52346.6
Carole Banus (NL) 2,9631.4
Jack Rogers (VG) 2,6641.3
Annette Larson (LU) 1,4930.7
1992generalBernard Sanders (I) 162,72457.8
Tim Philbin (R) 86,90130.9
Lewis Young (D) 22,2797.9
Peter Diamondstone (LU) 3,6601.3
John Dewey (NL, NA) 3,5491.3
Douglas Miller (FFL) 2,0490.7
1990generalBernard Sanders (I) 117,52256.0
Peter Smith (R) 82,93840.0
Dolores Sandoval (D) 6,3153.0
Peter Diamondstone (LU) 1,9651.0
1988generalPeter Smith (R) 98,93741.2
Bernard Sanders (I) 90,02637.5
Peter Diamondstone (LU) 1,4550.6
Roll Call Vitals


Vermont is 41st on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


Sen. Bernard Sanders has the most Sunday talk show appearances amongst members of Congress.

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.