Bernie Sanders grew up in a Jewish family of modest means in Brooklyn, NY. As a kid, believe it or not he was really into sports. His elementary school basketball team won a borough championship and he was the captain of his high school track team.
In Rolling Stone, Matt Taibi called Bernie “the rarest of Washington animals, a completely honest person.”
And love him or hate him, he has fought for the same principals his entire life. As a young man at the University of Chicago, he was a member of several socialist organizations and was active in the Civil Rights Movement.
He participated in the march on Washington; lead the first civil rights sit-in in Chicago’s history; and was even arrested protesting against segregation.