Senator Bernie Sanders, the Democratic senator from Vermont, is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate after being re-elected in 2012. He previously spent 16 years in the House of Representatives and served as mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Sanders is currently a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Energy and National Resources Committee, and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He is also a ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. In 2015, Sanders announced his presidential bid.