Last updated on: 6/7/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Bernie Sanders Biography

Title:
US Senator (Independent-VT)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
Reasoning:

“Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income.”

“Issues: Medicare for All,” berniesanders.com (accessed Feb. 10, 2017)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (Independent-VT), Jan. 3, 2007-present
  • US presidential candidate, 2016
  • 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
  • US 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
Education:
  • BA, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1964
  • Attended Brooklyn College, 1959
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @BernieSanders
  • Ran for President of the United States as a Democrat in the 2016 election and lost the party’s nomination to Hillary Clinton
  • 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
  • Voted against the Patriot Act and the Iraq War while serving in the House of Representatives
  • Established the first municipal housing land trust in the country for affordable housing (Burlington Community Land Trust)
  • Applied for conscientious objector status to avoid the Vietnam draft
  • Lead a multi-week sit-in at the University of Chicago to oppose segregation in off-campus housing
  • Participant in the 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech
  • Former carpenter
  • Former documentary film maker
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?