Bernie Sanders has been involved in national politics for decades, but rose to national prominence when he ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2015 and 2016. Although he did not win the nomination, he worked hard to raise awareness for his progressive causes. He ran again in 2019 for the 2020 nomination, but was again not the party’s nominee.
Sanders, born on September 8, 1941, has been representing the small state of Vermont since 2007 in the US Senate. Before that, he was a member of the House of Representatives, and before that, mayor of Burlington. Even before he entered politics, he has advocated for progressive causes including income equality, universal healthcare, and eliminating student debt. He calls himself a Democratic Socialist, and has vocally supported socialist and communist forms of government throughout his career.
It is unlikely that Sanders will again attempt to run for president, he would be 82 during the next election cycle. Nonetheless, he has left a significant and likely lasting impact on politics by shifting the platform of the Democratic Party to increase popularity of Medicaid for All, eliminating student debt, and a Green New Deal.
While he has long been a public servant and paid a government salary of about $175,000 a year, he has also made money through book royalties, as has his wife Jane. Together, they listed their net worth as around $2 million. These figures are always hard to pin down for political officials, as they report assets and liabilities in ranges, not in specific figures. Much of his wealth comes from having published three books in three years, and Jane’s publishing another book.
The Sanders have three homes, including this home in Burlington, Vermont. This four bedroom, three bathroom home was purchased in 2009, for about $400,000. Its 2020 estimated value is $460,000.
They bought a rowhouse in Washington, DC in 2007 for $489,000, which has increased in value to nearly $700,000. It is just half a mile from the Capitol, perfect for a senator’s work residence. He bought a vacation home in Vermont for $575,000 in cash in 2016, which is on the state’s famous Lake Champlain. These homes are also listed on this site.
By jdubble07 @ 2015-08-26 13:35:17