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In 1972, Democrat Joe Biden was only 30 years old when he won his first campaign for U.S. Senator in Delaware. His campaign was small and mostly run by family members, but he went door to door and connected with people on the issues of withdrawal from the Vietnam War, Civil Rights, and Healthcare. His term nearly ended before it started when, on December 18, 1972, he lost his wife and one year old daughter Naomi in a car accident. His two young sons, Hunter and Beau, were also in the car and survived with bone fractures. Heartbroken, he focused on his sons and made sure he was home each night, memorably taking an Amtrak train 90 minutes from Wilmington, Delaware to Washington D.C. He married Jill Jacobs in 1977 and they had daughter Ashley in 1981.  

He served as a Senator for Delaware for 36 years and ran an unsuccessful Presidential campaigns in 1988 and 2008. He is best known for his work on the Crime Act, Violence Against Women Act, and his bona fides in Foreign Policy. Barack Obama, chose him as his Vice-Presidential running mate for his 2008 campaign and they served two terms together. Joe Biden then ran for President in 2020, and won against the incumbent Donald Trump.


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