Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders

Senator from Vermont, Independent

Sanders, an Independent, has been a senator from Vermont since Jan 4, 2007 (next election in 2018).

He was previously the representative for Vermont's at-large district (1991-2006).

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2015 Report Card

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Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Sanders has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Sanders is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

Bernard “Bernie” Sanders sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Sanders sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (27%) Health (18%) Labor and Employment (11%) Energy (10%) Education (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Taxation (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Sanders’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

From Jan 2007 to Feb 2016, Sanders missed 121 of 2,855 roll call votes, which is 4.2%. This is much worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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