Bernie Sanders was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1941. In 1981, he rose to fame as the progressive mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Bernie was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (1991- 2007) followed by his election in 2007 to the U.S. Senate. He self-identifies as a democratic socialist, but politically he is an Independent, and caucuses with the Democratic Party. His focus on social and economic equality, labor rights, healthcare, education, climate change, and a Green New Deal; has moved the Democratic Party to the left. Bernie Sanders ran for president in 2016 and 2020. The issues he addressed had a powerful influence on the national discourse of worker’s rights, immigration, race, and the wealth gap resulting from policies enacted by the right-wing of the Republican Party.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.