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Senate Years of Service: 1973-2009
Born: Scranton, Pa., Nov. 20, 1942
Education: He was educated at St. Helena's School, Wilmington, Del., and Archmere Academy, Claymont, Del.; graduated, University of Delaware, Newark, 1965, and Syracuse (N.Y.) University College of Law, 1968; admitted to the Delaware bar in 1969 and commenced practice in Wilmington, Del.
Political experience: Served on the New Castle County Council 1970-1972; elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 1972 and reelected in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, and again in 2008 and served from Jan. 3, 1973, until Jan. 15, 2009, when he resigned to become Vice President; chair, Committee on the Judiciary, Committee on Foreign Relations; was an unsuccessful candidate for Democratic nomination for president in 2008, but was elected Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket headed by Barack Obama in 2008.
Family: Wife, Jill; sons Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III and Robert Hunter; daughters Naomi and Ashley.
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic