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Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders is the current junior United States Senator from Vermont. Sanders was elected on November 7, 2006, and is currently a member of the 110th United States Congress. Before becoming Senator, Sanders represented Vermont's at-large district in the United States House of Representatives for 16 years.

Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist, but because he does not belong to a formal political party he appears as an independent on the ballot. Sanders caucuses with the Democratic Party and is counted as a Democrat for the purposes of committee assignments. He was the only independent member of the House during much of his service there and is one of two independent Senators in the 110th Congress.

Sanders is a co-founder of the House Progressive Caucus and chaired the group for its first eight years. Sanders taught at Harvard University in 1989 and Hamilton College in 1991.

Amanada Logan
Amanada Logan is a Research Associate with the Economic Policy Team at American Progress. Her work largely focuses on issues surrounding lower- and middle-income American families, including prices for necessities, wages and benefits, economic distress such as bankruptcies, and how they view economic policy. She has appeared on radio programs and her work has been referenced in national media outlets such as The New York Times, The Nation, U.S. News and World Report, CNN, and NBC Nightly News. A native of Idaho Falls, ID, Amanda graduated summa cum laude from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.
Isaiah Poole
Isaiah Poole is the executive editor at TomPaine.com. He previously wrote for from Congressional Quarterly, where he covered congressional leadership and tracked major bills through Congress. He has worked for more than 25 years as an editor and reporter for various newspapers, mostly in Washington, and has written articles on topics ranging from presidential politics to pop culture. He is also a founding member of the Washington Association of Black Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. He is a native Washingtonian.
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