Presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama selected fellow Senator Joe Biden of Delaware as his running mate.
Some links to more info about Joe Biden and some reactions to Obama’s choice:
- Map of Joe Biden’s Life Journey
- FiveThirtyEight.com’s reaction
- The Electoral Map thinks Biden was a wise choice
- Joe Biden now on MaptheCandidates.com
- Huffington Post
Blog posting introducing Joe Biden on BarackObama.com:
Joe Biden is a rare mix. A leader who has worked for decades in Washington, but has never lived there. An expert on foreign policy, whose heart and values are firmly rooted in the middle class; one who has stared down dictators, and spoken for America’s cops and firefighters. He is uniquely suited to serve as Barack’s partner in the urgent mission to bring about the change America needs to put our country back on track.
Joe was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and is the oldest of four children. His family moved Pennsylvania to Claymont, Delaware when Joe was 10. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 1965 and from law school at Syracuse University in 1968, Biden moved back to the Wilmington area and set up his own law firm. He practiced law until 1972.
In 1970, Biden – at age 27 – ran for New Castle County Council and won in a Republican district. At age 29, he launched an improbable bid to unseat two-term Republican U.S. Sen. J. Caleb Boggs. With very little help from the state establishment, and with his sister as his campaign manager, Biden defeated Boggs by 3,162 votes.
In addition to serving as U.S. Senator, Biden has been an adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law since 1991, where he teaches a seminar on constitutional law.
Joe has a proven record of bringing people together to get things done. From global warming to combating violence against women to confronting the challenges of the dangerous world in which we live, Joe Biden has fought every day over the course of his life in public service to improve the lives of middle class families.