Symone Sanders

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Symone D. Sanders
Symone Sanders by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Symone Sanders at Politicon 2016
Born (1989-12-10) December 10, 1989 (age 28)
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater Creighton University
Occupation Press secretary, political activist
Political party Democratic

Symone D. Sanders (born December 10, 1989) is an American who served as national press secretary for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, during the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, 2016. She left the campaign in late June 2016 abruptly but said "she was not let go and that leaving the campaign was her decision."[1] She was 26 years old at the time. As of October 2016 she is a Democratic strategist and political commentator on CNN.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sanders was born on December 10, 1989.[3] She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. Her father, Daniel Sanders, is retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.[4] Her mother, Terri Sanders, is the former executive director for the Great Plains Black History Museum.[4] She attended Creighton University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2013.[5]


Sanders was recognized as one of 16 Young Americans Shaping the 2016 Election by Rolling Stone magazine.[6]

In December 2015, Fusion Magazine listed Sanders as one of 30 women under 30 who would shape the 2016 election.[7]

Political views[edit]

When Sanders spoke on CNN on November 23, 2016, about the future of the DNC and the Democratic Party, she dismissed the idea of Howard Dean returning as DNC chairman, saying,

Howard Dean is also on record maligning young people and millennials. Telling those Bernie folks they just need to get in line and maligning Bernie Sanders. And that is not what we need. In my opinion, we don't need white people leading the Democratic party right now. The Democratic Party is diverse, and it should be reflected as so in our leadership and throughout the staff at the highest levels from the vice chairs to the secretaries all the way down to the people working in the offices at the DNC.

She concluded by saying,

I think we need a robust discussion about this and I think we need to hear more from all the candidates ... So I want to hear more from everybody. I want to hear from the millennials and the brown folks.[8][9]


  1. ^ Joyce, Andrew (June 26, 2016). "Symone Sanders Quits As National Press Secretary for Bernie Sanders". Fusion. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  2. ^ "BIO – Symone D. Sanders". Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  3. ^ "Symone D. Sanders: Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  4. ^ a b Tysver, Robynn. "Creighton grad Symone Sanders brings trademark energy to role as Bernie Sanders' press secretary". Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  5. ^ "Symone D. Sanders: LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  6. ^ "16 Young Americans Shaping the 2016 Election". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  7. ^ "Meet the 30 Women Who Will Change the Election". Fusion. Retrieved 2016-10-27. 
  8. ^ Scott, Eugene (November 23, 2016). "Ex-Sanders aide: 'We don't need white people leading the Democratic Party right now'". CNN. 
  9. ^ Schwartz, Ian (November 23, 2016). "Former Sanders Spokeswoman: "We Don't Need White People Leading The Democratic Party"". RealClearPolitics. 

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