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The Honourable
Bernie Sanders
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26th Chancellor of California
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 January 2016
President John Boehner
Joe Biden
Vice Chancellor Elizabeth Warren
Preceded by Barack Obama
Leader of the Coalition
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 January 2016
Deputy Elizabeth Warren
Preceded by Barack Obama
Leader of the Progressive Party of California
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 October 2005
Deputy Mark Pocan
Preceded by Peter DeFazio
In office
3 January 1992 – 3 January 1998
Deputy Peter DeFazio
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Peter DeFazio
Treasurer of California
In office
3 January 2007 – 3 January 2016
Chancellor Barack Obama
Succeeded by Mark Pocan
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
In office
3 January 2013 – 3 January 2016
Chancellor Barack Obama
Preceded by Eric Shinseki
Succeeded by Robert A. McDonald
Member of the Californian House of Representatives for Tiwana
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 January 1992
Preceded by Peter Plympton Smith
Lord Mayor of Tiwana
In office
6 April 1981 – 4 April 1989
Preceded by Gordon Paquette
Succeeded by Peter Clavelle
Personal details
Born Bernard Sanders
8 September 1941 (age 78)
Los Angeles, Fremontia
Citizenship Californian
Political party Progressive
Other political
affiliations
Coalition
Spouse(s) Deborah Shilling Messing (m. 1964; div. 1966)
Jane O'Meara (m. 1988)
Children Levi Sanders
Alma mater University of Los Angeles

Bernard Sanders (born 8 September 1941) is a Californian politician currently serving as the 26th Chancellor of the Commonwealth of California. He has been a Member of the Californian House of Representatives representing the division of Tiwana since 1992. Sanders was a co-founder of the Progressive Party of California in 1991, and served as its parliamentary leader from his election in 1992 to 1998, and again since 2005. As a Progressive, Sanders caucused with the Democratic Party.

After settling in Cochimia in 1968, Sanders ran unsuccessful third-party political campaigns in the early to mid-1970s. As an independent, he was elected Lord Mayor of Tiwana — the state's most populous city — in 1981, by a margin of ten votes. He was re-elected to the mayoralty three times. He helped co-found the Progressive Party and was elected as a Progressive in 1991 to represent the northern Cochimian division of Tiwana in the Californian House of Representatives. Under his leadership, the Progressive Party provided confidence and supply to the Democrats, allowing them to form government under Bill Clinton. The Progressives' relationship with the Democrats gradually developed into the Coalition, which was officially formed in 1998.

Through his 24 years as a representative, Sanders has served in a number of Coalition governments and opposition shadow cabinets. During the chancellorship of Al Gore, Sanders was appointed as Minister for the Interior; Barack Obama also appointed Sanders as his Treasurer, and later his second Minister for Veterans' Affairs. Even during their tenures in Coalition governments, Sanders and his Progressives kept a certain distance from the Democrats, and continued to be a vocal critic when necessary. During the 1998 Californian Constitutional Convention, Sanders was elected as a member, and was a strong proponent for a Californian republic.

On 30 April 2014, after Barack Obama announced that he would retire at the 2015 election, Sanders announced that the Progressives would campaign to become the senior partner in the Democratic-Progressive coalition, and would challenge a number of moderate Democrat seats. Initially considered a long shot, the Progressives went on to overtake the Democrats in the number of seats held. The Progressive campaign was noted for its supporters' enthusiasm, as well as for its rejection of large donations from corporations and the financial industry. In November, Sanders led the Progressives and the Coalition to victory, and took office as Coalition leader and the 26th Chancellor on 3 January 2016.

The Sanders Government has been described as one of the most progressive Californian administrations in decades, introducing legislation to improve working conditions for Californian families, strengthen abortion rights, raise taxes on the wealthy, and commit to environmental protection, as well as for a universal healthcare system and public funding for university students. Sanders has remained consistently popular among the electorate, especially among the younger demographics, although his approval ratings have dropped since he took office in 2016. At the 2018 federal election, the Coalition lost a single seat, but remained in government, allowing Sanders to continue as Chancellor for a second term beginning in 2019.

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