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Joseph Robinette Biden Jr was born on November 20, 1942 and is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party. Biden served as the 47th vice president during the Obama administration from 2009 to 2017. He represented Delaware in the United States Senate from 1973 to 2009. Biden studied at the University of Delaware before earning his law degree from Syracuse University in 1968. He became the sixth-youngest senator in American history when he was elected to the U.S. Senate from Delaware in 1972, at the age of 29. Biden was a longtime member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and eventually its chairman. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and again in 2008.