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Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. Born in 1941 in Brooklyn, Bernie was the younger of two sons in a modest-income family. After graduation from the University of Chicago in 1964, he moved to Vermont. Early in his career, Sanders was director of the American People’s Historical Society. Elected Mayor of Burlington by 10 votes in 1981, he served four terms. Before his 1990 election as Vermont's at-large member in Congress, Sanders lectured at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and at Hamilton College in upstate New York.

Over the years there has been one constant in Bernie Sander's political platform: he is an ardent voice for peace and justice, and he is a champion of working and middle class citizens across America and throughout the world.

His 1987 album, We Shall Overcome, came about when music producer Todd Lockwood invited then Mayor Sanders into the studio to record his favorite songs. Bernie saw it as an opportunity to tell a larger story, a story about the inequities of life in America. As word of the project spread among Vermont’s music community, artists lined up to volunteer their talents. The result is a landmark Vermont recording, with Bernie Sanders at the center.