Updated May 6, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Bernie Sanders will run for re-election

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to reporters outside the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill on April 23, 2024 in Washington, DC.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill on April 23. Photo: Andrew Harnik via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the 82-year-old progressive icon, announced on Monday that he will run for re-election.

Why it matters: Sanders would continue to be the top progressive voice on Capitol Hill as Congress confronts massive policy battles over taxes and navigates social unrest over the Israel-Hamas war.

  • People around Sanders have not given any indication that he is retiring, and say they are approaching 2024 as an election year for the senator.
  • There was doubt that Sanders would seek re-election given his age, and he has yet to publicly announce a decision. He has until May 30 to file for re-election.
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