Sen. Bernie Sanders to deliver featured address at 2014 Progress Iowa Holiday Party

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) will deliver the featured address at the 2014 Progress Iowa Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:00 pm at the Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. Sanders is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history, and will focus his remarks on creating a government that works for all Americans, not just the wealthy and well-off.

“Big majorities of Americans understand that that the middle class is disappearing; unemployment is too high; wealth and income inequality is a threat; that corporate tax loopholes must be closed; that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid must not be cut; that global warming threatens our planet and that billionaires should not be allowed to buy elections. We should build on that unity,” Sanders said. “Progress Iowa has provided a strong voice in the fight for America’s middle class, and I’m excited to speak with their supporters in December,” Sanders added.

“We’re excited that Senator Sanders will join us and speak at our holiday party,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “He has been an outspoken advocate on behalf of middle and working class families, and we are excited for him to bring that message to Iowa.”

More than 100 donors, activists, and progressive leaders attended the holiday party in 2013, when the featured address was delivered by Brian Schweitzer, former Governor of Montana. Organizers are expecting a strong turnout for the event on December 16. Tickets to the annual Progress Iowa Holiday Party are $50 each and available at


About Progress Iowa:

Progress Iowa is a nonpartisan multi-issue progressive advocacy organization with a network of nearly 30,000 progressives. Year-round, Progress Iowa advocates for a stronger middle class, first-class public education, and fairness for all Iowans under the law. For more information, visit

About Senator Bernie Sanders:

Bernie Sanders was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. Born in 1941 in Brooklyn, Bernie was the younger of two sons in a modest-income family. After graduation from the University of Chicago in 1964, he moved to Vermont. Early in his career, Sanders was director of the American People’s Historical Society. Elected Mayor of Burlington by 10 votes in 1981, he served four terms. Before his 1990 election as Vermont’s at-large member in Congress, Sanders lectured at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and at Hamilton College in upstate New York. The Almanac of American Politics has called Sanders a “practical” and “successful legislator.” He has focused on the shrinking middle class and widening income gap in America that is greater than at any time since the Great Depression. For more information, visit