Deborah Shiling is popular for being the former wife of famous American politician Bernie Sanders. Bernie has served as the junior Senator from Vermont and was the representative for the state’s at-large congressional district from 1991 to 2007.

Deborah Shiling’s Family

Deborah Shiling was born in 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland. Her father Moses Shiling, was the chief doctor of pulmonary diseases at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. She kept her private life under wraps for a long time and rose to prominence only after her marriage to the famous politician.

Bernie Sanders, by name of Bernard Sanders, was born on September 8, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He is the younger brother of Larry Sanders. His father, Elias Ben Yehuda Sanders was born in Słopnice, a town in Austrian Galicia that was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and is now in Poland. Elias Sanders immigrated to the United States in 1921 and became a paint salesman. Bernie’s mother, Dorothy Sanders (née Glassberg) was born in New York City. Bernie attended Brooklyn College before earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago. While in Chicago, he became involved in the civil rights movement, and in 1963 he participated in the March on Washington.

Deborah met Bernie while at the University of Chicago. Together, they used to volunteer at the Israeli Kibbutz Sha’ar HaAmakim. Bernie studied psychology at the college. He was pretty into protests against racially segregated housing on campus at the time. Deborah was also a civil rights activist and was involved in several social justice issues. After dating for a year, they exchanged their vows on 16 September 1964. Shortly after their nuptials, Deborah and Bernie moved to a small hamlet called Middlesex that is nestled outside the Vermont capital of Montpelier.

The marriage however didn’t sustain for a long and they divorced in 1966. Sources reported the now-exes had an amicable separation. A year after her divorce, Deborah married Bob Messing in 1967. On May 28, 1988, Bernie married Jane O’Meara Driscoll (née Mary Jane O’Meara), who later became president of Burlington College, in Burlington, Vermont.

Deborah Shiling’s Net Worth

Deborah Shiling previously worked for the Hunger Mountain Coop, a ‘20,000-square-foot community-owned natural foods cooperative in Montpelier, Vermont, according to sources. She worked as a buyer for the company for around twenty years. She came to the limelight when she married an influential politician and activist, Bernie Sanders.

Bernie has marked his presence since he began his role as the senior United States senator from Vermont in 2007. He is the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history. He won Time’s 2015 Person of the Year readers’ poll with 10.2% of the vote but did not receive the editorial board’s award. On May 30, 2017, he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Brooklyn College. Bernie has a net worth of $7 million.