Last updated on: 5/20/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Bernie Sanders Biography

Title:
US Senator (I-VT)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“This is a democracy and we have got to expand that democracy, and I believe every single person does have the right to vote. Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘Well, that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote. Well, that person did that. Not going to let that person vote,’ you’re running down a slippery slope. So I believe people commit crimes and they paid the price and they have the right to vote. I believe even if they’re in jail they’re paying their price to society but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”

Veronica Rocha, “Sanders Says the Right to Vote Should Be Extended ‘Even for Terrible People’ Like Boston Marathon Bomber,” cnn.com, Apr. 22, 2019

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Democratic presidential candidate, 2016 & 2020 elections
  • US Senator (Independent-VT), Jan. 3, 2007-present
  • United States Representative (I-VT), 1991-2007
  • Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, 1981-1989
  • Former Director, American People’s Historical Society
  • Candidate for Governor of Vermont, 1976
  • US Senate Candidate, Liberty Union Party, 1974
  • US Senate Candidate, Liberty Union Party, 1972
  • Former Lecturer, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Former Lecturer, Hamilton College
Education:
  • BA, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1964
  • Attended, Brooklyn College, 1959
  • High school diploma, James Madison High School (Brooklyn, NY), 1958
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @BernieSanders
  • He is a self-described “democratic socialist”
Quoted in:
  1. Should Felons Be Permitted to Vote while in Prison?