Bernie Sanders From Wikipedia – Bernard Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician, activist, and political scientist who has served as the junior United States senator from Vermont since 2007 and as U.S. Representative for the state’s at-large congressional district from 1991 to 2007. He is the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history, although he has a close relationship with the Democratic Party, having caucused with House and Senate Democrats for most of his congressional career.