Deborah Shiling Wiki, Age (Bernie Sanders’ Wife) Biography & Family

Deborah Shiling

Deborah Shiling (born in 1944) is a businesswoman from Vermont. She is the first wife of Bernie Sanders, the famous American politician. But, just after 2 years of marriage, they both separated after the divorce in the year 1966. Deborah was only 20 years at the age of her marriage.

People were not aware of Deborah Shiling before 2015. In an interview with a magazine in the year 2015, he told the interviewer that in 1964 he married the love of his college. He used the name Deborah Messing for her.

Messing may be the surname of Deborah’s second husband. When Shilling got asked about Bernie, she told that she won’t speak much about him but one thing she can say is that she believes in Bernie Sanders.

Thus she said nothing wrong about her Ex-husband and remained positive about him.


Early Life, Parents, Siblings & Childhood

Deborah Shiling took birth in a well-educated family in 1944 (age 75 years old, as in the year 2019) in Maryland, USA. Her father Dr. Moses Shiling served as a chief in the Sinai Hospital, Baltimore.

The name of Deborah’s mother is not available. As a child, she used to be a very studious child because her father pushed her to study well.

From her birth city, Bernie Sanders’ wife completed her schooling in the year 1958. After school Shiling went to the University of Chicago and studied political science and this was the time when she met her first husband Bernie Sanders.


Personal Life, Spouse Bernie Sanders & Children

The mystery about Bernie Sanders first fully revealed in an interview in the year 2015. When Deborah was in college she met a guy named Bernie. They became very good friends and even fall in love with each other.

Sanders said, “I married the woman I wanted to spend my life with”. So in the year 1964, Deborah Shiling married her boyfriend Bernie Sanders. The wedding happened in a very humble in the backyard of their parents.

After the marriage, they both bought sugar shack in Montpelier, Vermont. It was an 85-acre land where they lived for 18 months without any supply of electricity.

Later in the year 1966, they both decided to separate and filed for divorce. Their marriage sustained for only 2 years. They have no child from their marriage.

Deborah Shiling husband Bernie Sanders
Deborah Shiling’s husband, Bernie Sanders.

Sources say that she married a man named Bob Messing after her divorce. It has been around decades since they are divorced but they have not held any grudge for each other.

They term each other as good friends. When Deborah Shelling got asked about Bernie she only said positive things about him.


Some Lesser Known Facts about Deborah Shiling

Real Full Birth NameDeborah Shiling.
Famous asBernie Sanders' Wife.
Age (As of 2019)75 years old.
Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday1944.
Birthplace/HometownBaltimore, Maryland USA.
Ethnicity N/A.
Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)Straight.
Sun Sign (Zodiac Birth Sign)Not known.
House LocationMontpelier, Vermont.
Physical Statistics
Height (Tall)Feet & Inches: 5'4".
Centimeters: 162.56 cm.
Meters: 1.62 m.
WeightKilograms: 64 Kg.
Pounds: 141.09 lbs.
Eye ColorGrey.
Shoe Size (UK)7.
Hair ColorWhite.
ParentsFather: Dr. Moses Shiling.
Mother: Not Known.
Personal Life Relationship
Marital StatusDivorced.
Husband1. Bernie Sanders (Ex-husband).
2. Bob Messing.
Highest QualificationGraduation.
School Local High school.
Social media Information not available.
Net worth$ 174k USD (As in 2020).


Career & Net worth

Living in Vermont she is working as a buyer for the famous market named Hunger Mountain Coop which is 20k square ft. natural foods co-operative. She lives in Vermont’s capital Montpelier.

She also works as a social activist and participates in movements for social equality and she has even done studies under this subject. Information about her previous works is not known and we cannot make any comment about this.

As we came to know Deborah Shiling has a net worth of $174k US dollars, as the year 2020.


Physical Stats, Height, Weight & Appearance

There are not many images of Deborah available on the internet. We have some of her images from which we can tell about her.

The woman has grey eyes and nice facial structure from her outlook at this age we can say that she definitely was a very pretty girl in her young days. She has white short hairs.

Deborah Shiling has a height of 5 ft 4 in (162.56 cm) and her weight is approximately 64 kg (141.09 lbs). She wears glasses and long earrings.



  • At the time of her marriage, Bernie Sanders’ spouse was only 20 years old.
  • Even after the divorce, Deborah Shiling is a good friend of Bernie Sanders.
  • It is said that after her divorce she stayed as unmarried for a very long time whereas Bernie married her next wife soon.
  • Just like some folks she also does not like to be on social media platforms and which is why she stays away from any platform.

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  • They lived for a period of around 18 months without any supply of electricity in a sugar shack after their marriage.
  • Deborah Shiling till now has given just one interview and before that has not been in limelight.



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