Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, announced in February 2019 that he is running for president in 2020.
Sanders, 77 and one of two independents in the U.S. Senate, has run before, losing the nomination to Hillary Clinton in 2016.
In the months leading up to his announcement, Sanders sparked conversation about a second run as he shored up his digital and social media operations. He was also being urged to run again by “Organizing for Bernie.” The grassroots organization has held more than 400 “house parties” to drum up support nationwide.
His response to President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union speech also had those watching the race more convinced he would announcing a run soon.
The three-term senator has been dealing with issues from his 2016 campaign for the White House. He came under fire over reports by several female campaign workers that they were sexually harassed by male staffers. In addition, he has faced charges that he paid male aides more than his female aides.
“To the women in our campaign who were harassed or mistreated, I apologize,” Sanders said in February 2019. “Our standards, our procedures, our safeguards, were clearly inadequate.”
Here are some things you may not know about Sanders:
- He was born on Sept. 8, 1941, in New York's Brooklyn burough.
- He's been married twice and has one child and three stepchildren.
- He attended Brooklyn College from 1959-1960 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Chicago in 1964. He was a member of the Young People's Socialist League while at the University of Chicago.
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