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Green Foundation Lecture


U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, a 2016 candidate for President of the United States, will deliver the 58th Green Foundation Lecture on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO. 

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Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Sanders, an independent from Vermont, will lecture on his vision for a progressive American foreign policy at 11 a.m., Thursday, September 21, in conjunction with Westminster's annual Hancock Symposium. 

A resident of Burlington, VT, Senator Sanders is the longest serving independent of Congress in American history, having served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and now in the fifth year of his second term in the U.S. Senate. 

Throughout his years of public service, Senator Sanders has focused on the shrinking American middle class and the growing income and wealth gaps in the United States. 

As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veteran's Affairs in 2014, Senator Sanders passed legislation reforming the VA health care. Today he remains on the veterans committee and was tapped by Senate leadership to be the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. 

He also serves on the Environment and Public Works Committee, focusing on global warming and rebuilding America's infrastructure. He champions transforming the country's energy system from fossil fuels to renewable power sources such as solar and wind on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In addition, he sits on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee where he has fought for greater access to affordable health care and improved education programs pre-K to college. 

 Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Senator Sanders attended James Madison High School, Brooklyn College and the University of Chicago. Upon graduation in 1964, he moved to Vermont where he worked as a carpenter and documentary filmmaker. 

In 1981 Senator Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont's largest city. His leadership helped transform Burlington into one of the most exciting and livable small cities in America. Under his administration, the city made major strides in affordable housing, progressive taxation, environmental protection, child care, women's rights, youth programs and the arts. 

He lectured at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Hamilton College in upstate New York before his 1990 election as Vermont's at-large member of Congress. 

Senator Sanders and his wife Jane have four children and seven grandchildren.

The Green Foundation Lecture series has brought an impressive procession of illustrious world leaders to Westminster to deliver significant addresses. Sir Winston Churchill delivered his "Sinews of Peace" speech, more commonly known as the "Iron Curtain" speech as a part of the lecture series in 1946.  

Some of the other prestigious Green Foundation lecturers in Westminster's history are British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, U.S.S.R. President Mikhail Gorbachev, President of Poland Lech Walesa, President Harry S. Truman, President Gerald Ford, Vice President George H. W. Bush, Secretary of State and Treasury James A. Baker and rock musician and global humanitarian Bob Geldof.       

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