Joe Biden was interested in politics at an early age. By age 29 he had already won a seat in the United States Senate becoming one of the youngest Senators in history. His life would meet with tragedy as his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident during a Christmas shopping outing. Biden, grief stricken, but determined to continue in the Senate would make the long daily commute from Willington, Delaware to Washington, DC to be both a Senator and father to his two remaining sons. He would go on to serve in the Senate for 36 years and have a distinguished career.
Being an ambitious man, Biden ran for the office of the President in the 1988 election. He quickly gained recognition as a viable Democratic candidate but suddenly lost momentum and was forced to drop out of the race as accusations of plagiarism swirled about his campaign. He would throw his hat in the ring again for the highest office in the land in the 2008 election cycle, but his campaign was short lived. The Democratic front runner in the campaign, Barack Obama, recognized the qualities of Biden and he became the vice-presidential running mate for Obama. Biden's long tenure in Washington and his considerable experience with international affairs made him a good counter for Obama's weaknesses.
Joe Biden would serve two productive terms as vice president of the United States under President Obama. After his term in office he was tempted to run again for the presidency in 2016, but the untimely death of his son, Beau, from cancer left him without the drive for the arduous campaign. Biden is still active speaking his mind, as he always has, on current issues. Will he run for president in 2020? Only time will tell!
This short biography will take you through the highs and lows of the life of this amazing man.