STEVE MARCUS / LAS VEGAS SUN
Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) speaks during an “Opportunity 08″ issue forum at the University of Nevada, Reno Wednesday, August 22, 2007. The issue forum was sponsored by the Brookings Institute and UNR.
(Editor's Note: Biden dropped out of the presidential race for the Democratic nomination, following a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, 2008, where he got only about 2 percent of the delegates.)
Political Position: U.S. Senator from Delaware (1972-present)
Biden’s Credentials: The Delaware Senator, elected to the U.S. Senate at age 29, was once the rising star of his party, known for his quick mind and gifted speaking ability. A staple of the Sunday morning talk shows, he’s one of his party’s most knowledgeable thinkers on foreign affairs.
On Sept. 10, 2001, for example, he made a speech about the next great threat facing America: international terrorism. His plan for Iraq is to federalize it and given more autonomy to Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish areas.
Biden has been part of a number of high profile, dramatic Senate hearings during his career, and early on he understood the power of a televised hearing with the onset of 24-hour news.
Biden was a cogent critic of the Reagan administration during the Iran-Contra matter and helped engineer the hearings on the defeated nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Date of Birth: Nov. 20, 1942
Place of Birth: Scranton, Pa.
Home: Wilmington, Del.
Spouse: Jill Jacobs, 1977, second wife. (Hist first wife, Neilia Hunter, and infant daughter, Amy, died in an auto accident in 1972.)
Children: Joseph R. (Beau) III; Robert (Hunter), and Ashley; five grandchildren
Religion: Roman Catholic
Education: B.A., University of Delaware, 1965; J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 1968
Experience: Attorney (1968-72); Councilman, New Castle County, Del. (1970-72)
Notable: Biden — who travels 100 miles by Amtrak between Washington, D.C., and his home in Wilmington, Del., every day when Congress is in session — is one of the Senate’s better golfers with a 7.4 Handicap Index. Biden ran unsuccessfully in the 1988 presidential election.
Sun Archives: At UNR, Biden, Richardson tell how they'd boost schools
Biden on the Issues: A look at where Biden stands on the issues and how he has voted.
Nevada Contributions: A breakdown of Biden’s financial contributions from the Silver State.
State by State Contributions: A breakdown of Biden’s financial contributions across the U.S.
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Biden's Flickr Page: View Biden's photos from the campaign trail.
Biden's YouTube Videos: View Biden’s latest political videos.
Biden's Blog: View Biden's official campaign blog.
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