Bernie Sanders is running for president this year within the Democratic party. Sanders was born in Brooklyn, New York, and went to the University of Chicago, according to the Sanders Campaign website.

At the University of Chicago, Sanders took part in the civil rights movement by participating in demonstrations and even witnessed Martin Luther King Jr. give a speech in Washington.

Before he became mayor of Burlington, Vermont, he was a carpenter and a documentary filmmaker.

He was elected as mayor of Burlington in 1981.

“The city made major strides in affordable housing, progressive taxation, environmental protection, child care, women’s rights, youth programs and the arts,” according to the Sanders’ Campaign website.

Sanders was a United States Congressman from 1991 to 2000 and was “the first Independent elected to the House in 40 years,” according to the Sanders’ Campaign website.

As a part of Congress, he voted against the war in Iraq.

“I had serious doubts about what Bush and Cheney were telling us, and, if you overthrew Saddam Hussein, you bring a massive amount of instability into that region, and it would not be quite as easy as people like Donald Rumsfeld and others were telling us,” Sanders said.

In May 2015, Sanders announced his candidacy for the democratic nomination for president of the United States of America. Some of his policies include making college tuition free, lowering the interest rate on student loans and increasing minimum wage to $15 an hour.