Young pictures of Bernie Sanders: What did the US Senator look like growing up?

VERMONT Senator Bernie Sanders has become a topic of discussion again following his iconic (and meme-able) mittens outfit at President Joe Biden's inauguration.

The buzz has prompted curious social media users and fans to wonder what the 79-year-old Democrat looked like in his younger days.

What did a young Bernie Sanders look like in photos?

Photos of the grandfather-esque politician have circulated on Twitter, leaving some of his supporters swooning.

Twitter users shared images of a college-aged Sanders at the University of Chicago.

It was there that he helped lead a student civil rights organization that held protests in support of Civil Rights reform.

Clad in a dark-colored sweater and signature black glasses, Sanders is seen addressing dozens of college students and administrators in what appears to be a planning meeting.

One user shared a sweet photo of the single father in his 30s holding his baby boy at a local newspaper meeting in 1971.

Sanders, who spent years as a freelance writer, reportedly didn't have a full-time gig until he was elected mayor of Burlington in Vermont, where he settled in 1968.

Why were Bernie Sanders' mittens trending?

Sanders' cozy mittens and relaxed style at President Biden’s inauguration on January 20 sent social media into a frenzy.

The New Yorker sat huddled in a winter coat and oversized woolly mittens as he attended Biden's inaugural ceremony on Wednesday. 

Snaps of Sanders wrapped up in the comfy mittens prompted Vogue to publish a feature story on his Inauguration Day wardrobe.

The politician later commented about his mittens to CBS' Gayle King.

He told the news host: "In Vermont, we know something about the cold. And we’re not so concerned about good fashion. We want to keep warm."

Following widespread praise of Bernie's style, the teacher who created Sanders' mittens wrote on Twitter.

Jen Ellis tweeted: "I made Bernie’s mittens as a gift a couple years ago.

"They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece (made from recycled plastic bottles). #BerniesMittens"

What is Bernie Sanders net worth?

Recent estimates have reportedly placed Sanders' net worth at around $2million.

In his role as senator he's paid $174,000 a year according to a Congressional Research Service report on Senate salaries last year.

Since his presidential bid in 2016, Sanders has released one book a year.

His book series has pulled in $1.7million.

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