Bernie Sanders Shirts in Stock Now\r\nBernie Sanders shirts are here! \u00a0Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician, serving as the junior United States Senator from Vermont since 2007. Sanders is the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history. He has always caucused with the Democratic Party, which has entitled him to committee assignments and at times given Democrats a majority. Sanders became the ranking minority member on the Senate Budget Committee in January 2015; he had previously served for two years as chair of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. He publicly identified as a Democrat during his campaign for the party's 2016 Presidential nomination, but has announced he will return to the Senate as an independent.