How long has Biden been in politics? Which seats he holds and for how long


President Joe Biden, 81, has spent more than half his life in politics. The career politician started small at council level and made his way to the White House after fifty years of public service.

What has Biden’s career in politics been like over the years? Here’s what you need to know.

1970 – 1973: Member of the New Castle County Council

Biden’s career in politics began when he won a district seat on a Delaware County Council seat. Biden was elected at age 27 and served for three years.

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1973 – 2009: U.S. Senator from Delaware

At age 30, Biden became one of the youngest senators in U.S. history when he defeated Republican incumbent Caleb Boggs. He would serve Delaware in the Senate for 36 years until his departure in 2009.

2009 – 2016: 47th Vice President of the United States

Biden briefly campaigned for president in 2008 before being named then-Senator Barack Obama’s running mate. He was sworn in as Obama’s vice president in 2009 and served two terms until 2016.

2021 – present: 46th President of the United States

On January 20, 2021, Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.

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Biden’s presidency meant a number of novelties for the seat

  • The second Catholic president to serve
  • The oldest president to serve at the age of 78
  • The first president of Delaware

Sam Woodward is a Minnesota election reporter for USA Today. You can reach her at [email protected]on X @woodyreports, or on Threads @samjowoody