73 Facts About Senator Bernie Sanders

1. Senator Bernie Sanders has attended yahrzeit observances in memory of the deceased, for the father of a friend, and he attended a Tashlikh, an atonement ceremony, with the mayor of Lynchburg on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah in 2015.

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2. Senator Bernie Sanders does not regularly attend synagogue, and he works on Rosh Hashanah, a day when Jews typically take a holiday from work.

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3. Senator Bernie Sanders describes himself as "not particularly religious" and "not actively involved" with organized religion.

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4. Senator Bernie Sanders publicly inaugurated the Hanukkah menorah and performed the Jewish religious ritual of blessing Hanukkah candles.

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5. Senator Bernie Sanders received an Honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Brooklyn College on May 30, 2017.

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6. Senator Bernie Sanders was a Green Party county councillor, representing the East Oxford division on Oxfordshire County Council, until he retired from the Council in 2013.

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7. On March 20, 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders was given an honorary Coast Salish name, dxʷshudicup, by Deborah Parker in Seattle to honor his focus on Native American issues during his presidential campaign.

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8. On February 6, 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders was a guest star alongside Larry David on Saturday Night Live, playing a Polish immigrant on a steamship that was sinking near the Statue of Liberty.

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9. Senator Bernie Sanders appeared in a cameo role in the 1988 comedy-drama film Sweet Hearts Dance, playing a man who distributes candy to young trick-or-treaters.

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10. Senator Bernie Sanders criticized Israel's actions during the 2014 Gaza war and US involvement in the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.

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11. Senator Bernie Sanders strongly opposed the US invasion of Iraq and has criticized a number of policies instituted during the War on Terror, particularly mass surveillance and the USA Patriot Act.

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12. Senator Bernie Sanders voiced concern about Trump's failure to mention the finding that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election and "will likely interfere in the 2018 midterms we will be holding.

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13. Senator Bernie Sanders called for caution on the Syrian Civil War, noting that "it's easier to get into a war than out of one.

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14. Senator Bernie Sanders criticized Trump's rolling back the Clean Power Plan of former President Barack Obama, noting the scientifically reported effect on climate change of human activity and citing Trump's calling those reports a hoax.

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15. Senator Bernie Sanders criticized President Trump for appointing multiple billionaires to his cabinet.

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16. Senator Bernie Sanders strongly opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he says was "written by corporate America and the pharmaceutical industry and Wall Street.

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17. Senator Bernie Sanders supports legalizing marijuana at the federal level.

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18. Senator Bernie Sanders considers himself a feminist, is pro-choice on abortion, and opposes the de-funding of Planned Parenthood.

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19. Senator Bernie Sanders advocated for LGBT rights as Mayor of Burlington in 1983 and voted against the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

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20. Senator Bernie Sanders supports legislation that would make it easier for workers to join or form a trade union.

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21. Senator Bernie Sanders supported the Affordable Care Act, though he felt it didn't go far enough.

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22. In 1990, Senator Bernie Sanders was supported by the NRA in his bid to become a US Representative in exchange for opposing both the competing campaign of Peter Smith, who had reversed his stance on firearm restrictions, and waiting periods for handgun purchases.

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23. Senator Bernie Sanders supports banning assault weapons, universal federal background checks, and closing the gun show loophole.

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24. In September 2017, Senator Bernie Sanders said that Saudi Arabia is "an undemocratic country that has supported terrorism around the world, it has funded terrorism.

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25. Senator Bernie Sanders emphasized the evils associated with "outrageous" global economic inequality and climate change, and urged reining in the use of US military power, saying it "must always be a last resort".

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26. Senator Bernie Sanders had earlier praised Jeremy Corbyn's stance on class issues.

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27. Senator Bernie Sanders wrote in The New York Times that "the British elections should be a lesson for the Democratic Party" and urged the Democrats to stop holding on to an "overly cautious, centrist ideology", arguing that "momentum shifted to Labour after it released a very progressive manifesto that generated much enthusiasm among young people and workers".

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28. Senator Bernie Sanders considers climate change the greatest threat to national security.

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29. In 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders formed Our Revolution, a political organization dedicated to educating voters about issues, getting people involved in the political process, and electing progressive candidates.

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30. Senator Bernie Sanders responded, "Our job is to do two things: to defeat Donald Trump and to elect Hillary Clinton.

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31. Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention on July 25, giving Clinton his full support.

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32. Senator Bernie Sanders was in Phoenix, Arizona, on that date, speaking to a rally larger than any of the others, but his speech was not mentioned, let alone broadcast.

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33. In February 2016, Clinton's and Senator Bernie Sanders's campaigns agreed in principle to holding four more debates for a total of ten.

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34. Senator Bernie Sanders used social media to help his campaign gain momentum, posting content to online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and answering questions on Reddit.

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35. On July 12, 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders formally endorsed Clinton in her unsuccessful general election campaign against Republican Donald Trump, while urging his supporters to continue the "political revolution" his campaign had begun.

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36. Senator Bernie Sanders announced his intention to seek the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States on April 30, 2015, and his campaign was officially launched on May 26, 2015, in Burlington.

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37. Senator Bernie Sanders ranked third in 2014 and first in both 2015 and 2016.

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38. In 2015, Senator Bernie Sanders was named one of the Top 5 of The Forward 50.

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39. Senator Bernie Sanders appointed economics professor Stephanie Kelton, a modern monetary theory scholar and self-described "deficit owl", as the chief economic adviser for the committee's Democratic minority and presented a report aimed at helping "rebuild the disappearing middle class", which included proposals to raise the minimum wage, boost infrastructure spending, and increase Social Security payments.

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40. On September 5, 2018, Senator Bernie Sanders partnered with Ro Khanna to introduce the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act, which would require large corporations to pay for food stamps and Medicaid benefits their employees receive, rather than shifting the burden onto taxpayers.

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41. On May 9, 2018, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the Workplace Democracy Act, a bill that would expand labor rights by making it easier for workers to join a union, ban right-to-work laws and some anti-union provisions of the Taft Hartley Act, and outlaw some union-busting tactics.

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42. Senator Bernie Sanders opposed Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Court, saying that Gorsuch had "refused to answer legitimate questions.

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43. On March 17, 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders said he would support Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court, though he added, "there are some more progressive judges out there.

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44. In 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders voted for the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, which included proposals for a reformed audit of the Federal Reserve System.

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45. In 2008 and 2009, Senator Bernie Sanders voted against the Troubled Asset Relief Program which was a program to purchase toxic banking assets and provide loans to banks which were in free fall at the time.

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46. Senator Bernie Sanders calls for comprehensive financial reforms, such as breaking up "too big to fail" financial institutions, restoring Glass–Steagall legislation, reforming the Federal Reserve Bank and allowing the Post Office to offer basic financial services in economically marginalized communities.

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47. Senator Bernie Sanders entered the race for the US Senate on April 21, 2005, after Senator Jim Jeffords announced that he would not seek a fourth term.

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48. On November 2, 2005, Senator Bernie Sanders voted against the Online Freedom of Speech Act, which would have exempted the Internet from the campaign finance restrictions of the McCain–Feingold Bill.

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49. Senator Bernie Sanders voted against the resolutions authorizing the use of force against Iraq in 1991 and 2002, and opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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50. In June 2005, Senator Bernie Sanders proposed an amendment to limit Patriot Act provisions that allow the government to obtain individuals' library and book-buying records.

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51. Senator Bernie Sanders was nevertheless extremely critical of the other parts of the bill.

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52. Senator Bernie Sanders was a vocal critic of Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan; in June 2003, during a question-and-answer discussion with the then-Chairman, Sanders told him that he was concerned that Greenspan was "way out of touch" and "that you see your major function in your position as the need to represent the wealthy and large corporations".

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53. In 1999, Senator Bernie Sanders voted and advocated against rolling back the Glass–Steagall Legislation provisions that kept investment banks and commercial banks separate entities.

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54. In 1991, Senator Bernie Sanders co-founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a group of mostly liberal Democrats that Sanders chaired for its first eight years, while still refusing to join the Democratic Party or caucus.

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55. Senator Bernie Sanders was the first independent elected to the US House of Representatives since Frazier Reams's election to represent Ohio 40 years earlier.

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56. Senator Bernie Sanders served in the House from 1991 until he became a senator in 2007.

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57. Senator Bernie Sanders collaborated with 30 Vermont musicians to record a folk album, We Shall Overcome, in 1987.

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58. Senator Bernie Sanders hosted and produced a public-access television program, Bernie Speaks with the Community, from 1986 to 1988.

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59. In 1981, Senator Bernie Sanders campaigned against the unpopular plans by Burlington developer Tony Pomerleau to convert the then-industrial waterfront property owned by the Central Vermont Railway into expensive condominiums, hotels, and offices.

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60. Senator Bernie Sanders lectured in political science at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government that year and at Hamilton College in 1991.

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61. Senator Bernie Sanders was reelected three times, defeating both Democratic and Republican candidates.

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62. Senator Bernie Sanders castigated the pro-development incumbent as an ally of prominent shopping center developer Antonio Pomerleau, while Paquette warned of ruin for Burlington if Sanders was elected.

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63. Senator Bernie Sanders was mayor for eight years, from April 6, 1981, to April 4, 1989.

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64. Senator Bernie Sanders began his electoral political career in 1971 as a member of the Liberty Union Party, which originated in the anti-war movement and the People's Party.

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65. Senator Bernie Sanders wrote several articles for the alternative publication The Vermont Freeman.

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66. Senator Bernie Sanders once spent a day putting up fliers protesting against police brutality, only to eventually notice that a Chicago police car was shadowing him and taking them all down.

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67. In January 1962, Senator Bernie Sanders went to a rally at the University of Chicago administration building to protest university president George Wells Beadle's segregated campus housing policy.

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68. In high school, Senator Bernie Sanders lost his first election, finishing last out of three candidates for the student body presidency.

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69. Senator Bernie Sanders attended James Madison High School, in Brooklyn, where he was captain of the track team and took third place in the New York City indoor one-mile race.

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70. Senator Bernie Sanders won an election, and 50 million people died as a result of that election in World War II, including 6 million Jews.

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71. Senator Bernie Sanders served as a representative for 16 years before being elected to the US Senate in 2006.

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72. Senator Bernie Sanders was a strong opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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73. Senator Bernie Sanders was born and raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, and attended Brooklyn College before graduating from the University of Chicago in 1964.

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