Biden was born on November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and raised in nearby Wilmington, Delaware. He attended the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School, and practiced law before entering politics.
Biden was elected to the United States Senate from Delaware in 1972, at the age of 29, becoming one of the youngest people ever elected to that office. He was reelected to the Senate six times, serving for 36 years. During his time in the Senate, Biden served as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In 2008, Biden was elected Vice President of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama. He was reelected to that office in 2012. During his time as Vice President, Biden played a significant role in the Obama administration, leading efforts to pass the Affordable Care Act, working on economic stimulus programs, and leading diplomatic efforts around the world.
After leaving office as Vice President, Biden remained active in politics and public life, working on issues related to foreign policy, education, and cancer research.
In 2020, Biden announced his candidacy for President of the United States, running on a platform focused on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, improving healthcare and education, and addressing issues related to climate change and racial justice. He won the Democratic nomination and went on to defeat incumbent President Donald Trump in the general election.