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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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)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Sanders for more statistics.

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 (29%) Health (15%) Labor and Employment (12%) Energy (10%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Taxation (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Education (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Sanders’s Vote Vote Description
Not Voting H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Not Voting S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Nay H.R. 2029: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
Dec 18, 2015. Motion Agreed to.
Not Voting H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.
Nay H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
Jun 2, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Sep 2016, Sanders missed 215 of 2,986 roll call votes, which is 7.2%. 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

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: