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Who is Joe Biden?

Could this longtime senator be the next president?

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Joe Biden could be the man to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, but who is he?

Biden’s Early Life

Joe Biden was born on November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was the eldest of four siblings, and his father worked as a used car salesman.

Biden’s family lived in Pennsylvania until 1955 when they moved to Mayfield, Delaware. As a child, he struggled with a stutter. Other kids in his school bullied him because of it. His mother was a source of comfort for him in the face of the bullying. She would tell him he stuttered because “you’re so bright, you can’t get the thoughts out quickly enough.”

Biden’s Political Career

In 1968, Biden graduated from law school and began working as a lawyer. He joined the Democratic Party and got involved in politics. Biden first held political office in 1970, when he was elected to the New Castle County Council.

In 1972, he was elected to the Senate, representing the state of Delaware. Biden’s career in the Senate started in 1973 and ended in 2009 when he became vice president. He was the longest-serving senator for Delaware.

Joe Biden As Vice President

Joe and son Hunter Biden

After Barack Obama won the Democrat presidential nomination in 2007, he chose Biden as his second in command.

Obama was declared president in 2008. As vice president, Biden advised Obama, and the two leaders worked closely together.

What Now?

Now, Biden is hoping to become the president. If he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee, Biden will have a tough fight ahead of him. Whether he wins or not, Biden has left his mark on the United States.

Jeff Charles

Race Relations & Media Affairs Correspondent at and A self-confessed news and political junkie, Jeff’s writing has been featured in Small Business Trends, Business2Community, and The Huffington Post. Born in Southern California and having experienced the 1992 L.A. Riots up close and personal, Jeff’s insights are informed by his experiences as a black man and a conservative.

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