Jane O’Meara Sanders

Birth Name: Mary Jane O’Meara

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 3, 1950

Ethnicity: Irish

Jane O’Meara Sanders is an American social worker, college administrator, and political staffer. She has been Acting President of Goddard College, from 1996 to 1997, and the 4th President of Burlington College in Vermont, from March 2004 to September 2011.

Jane is the daughter of Bernadette Joan (Sheridan) and Benedict Patrick O’Meara. She is the wife of politician Bernie Sanders, who has served as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, from April 6, 1981 to April 4, 1989, and a U.S. Senator from Vermont, since January 3, 2007, among other duties.

She has three children, including politician Carina Driscoll, with her former husband David Driscoll.

Jane’s paternal grandfather was Patrick Benedict O’Meara (the son of Thomas O’Meara and Catherine Ginfoyle). Patrick was born in England, to Irish parents.

Jane’s paternal grandmother was named Julia Agnes King (the daughter of Mary C.). Julia was born in New York, to Irish parents.

Jane’s maternal grandfather was named Francis George Sheridan. Francis was born in New York, to Irish parents.

Jane’s maternal grandmother was named Mary Frances Donovan. Mary Frances was born in New York, to Irish parents.

A DNA test taken by Jane stated that her genetic ancestry is:

*96% Irish

Sources: Genealogy of Jane O’Meara Sanders – https://www.geni.com

Jane’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Jane’s paternal grandfather, Patrick Benedict O’Meara – https://www.familysearch.org

Jane’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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