Bernie Sanders is an American politician with a $3 million dollar net worth. Since 2007, Sanders has served as a United States Senator for the state of Vermont. He has also run for President on several occasions.
Bernie and his wife had $750,000 in assets at the time of his 2015 financial statement, and they had regularly made $250-$300,000 each year in total income up until that point. Bernie’s fortunes began to rise after the publication of his book “Our Revolution” in 2016.
Bernie made a bit more than $1 million in 2016 and $1.1 million the following year. Book advances and royalties accounted for nearly $800,000 of the couple’s earnings in each of those years. After his book profits plummeted to $393,000 for the year, he and his wife Jane had a total adjusted gross income of $561,000 in 2018. Between 1981 through 1989, he was the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, where he received $33,700 a year.
Bernie earned between $90,000 and $140,000 as a US Congressman between 1990 and 2005. Since 2005, he has been paid $174,000 a year as a US Senator.
Bernie calculated his net worth to be $2 million in June 2017 after factoring in mortgages and retirement accounts.
Bernie Sanders published tax returns from 2010 as part of his 2020 presidential campaign.
Bernard “Bernie” Sanders was born on September 8, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York City. After immigrating to the United States from Austria-Hungary in 1921, his father Elias worked as a paint salesman. Dorothy, his mother, was born in New York City. Sanders was raised in a Jewish household in Midwood, Brooklyn. He was a member of the track team at James Madison High School and served as its captain. He ran for president of the student body but came in last.
Bernie lost both of his parents while he was young, with his mother passing away shortly after he graduated from high school at the age of 46, and his father passing away a few years later. Sanders began his education at Brooklyn College before transferring to the University of Chicago, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1964.
After graduating from college, Sanders went to New York City and worked at a variety of occupations before relocating to Stannard, Vermont in 1968, where he continued to work odd jobs such as authoring articles for the alternative journal The Vermont Freeman. In 1972, he ran for governor of Vermont as a candidate for the Liberty Union, and in 1972 and 1974, he ran for senator as a candidate for the United States. In 1974, he came in third place.
He finally gained political traction when he ran for Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, and won by only twelve votes. Bernie ran for mayor from 1981 until 1989 and was re-elected three times, becoming recognized for his self-described socialist ideas and outspoken personality.
The political outsider looked an odd prospect for national government, yet he won a seat in the United States House of Representatives as an independent in 1990. With his open criticism of both parties in his early days in the House, he alienated colleagues. He famously voted for and fought for financial reform, chastising lawmakers who favored the wealthy over the average or poor American. Bernie was a vocal opponent of the Patriot Act of 2001 and the Iraq war.
Sanders was dubbed the “amendment king” by Rolling Stone in 2005, citing his ability to approve more amendments than any other congressman since 1995. Sanders was a representative for sixteen years, from 1991 to 2007, before becoming a senator.
Sanders married Deborah Shiling, his undergraduate love, from 1964 until 1966. With Susan Mott, he has one biological kid, Levi b.1969. Sanders married Jean O’Meara Driscoll in 1988. Dave, Carina, and Heather, Jean’s three children, are his stepchildren. He is the grandfather of seven grandchildren. He is the author of six books, one of which is a published speech from his famous filibuster.
Bernie and Jane Sanders are the proud owners of three residences. They paid $405,000 for their current principal residence, a 4-bedroom home in Chittenden County, Vermont, in 2009. They bought the house with a $324,000 mortgage from Congressional Federal Credit Union. Their house is 2,300 square feet with 4 bedrooms and is currently valued at roughly $440,000, according to Zillow.
They paid $488,999 for a townhouse in Washington, D.C. in 2007. This home is valued at $685,000 by Zillow, yet similar properties have recently sold for $800,000 or more.
They paid $575,000 for a vacation property on Lake Champlain in Vermont in 2016. The home had previously been advertised for $775,000. It’s a 1.1-acre log cabin-style residence with two stories.