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Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.
He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.
Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.
He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.
On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.
Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.
Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.
Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.
Chris Coons (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Delaware. He assumed office on November 15, 2010. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.
Coons (Democratic Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Delaware. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.
Coons was first elected to the Senate in a 2010 special election to replace retiring incumbent Ted Kaufman (D). Kaufman was appointed to replace Joe Biden (D) in 2009 after Biden, a senator from Delaware since 1973, assumed the vice presidency alongside President Barack Obama (D). Coons defeated Christine O'Donnell (R) in the general election by nearly 17 percentage points after O'Donnell defeated Mike Castle (R) in the Republican primary. Coons was elected to his first full term in the Senate in 2014.
Before entering the Senate, Coons served as president of the New Castle County Council from 2004 to 2010 and the executive of New Castle County from 2000 to 2004.
Coons was appointed to the Appropriations Committee in June 2013, becoming the first Delawarean to serve on the committee in 40 years. In 2017, Coons became vice chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Coons is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Reporting from Politico and USA Today in 2018 presented Coons as a deal-maker willing to work with both parties on issues like immigration, financial regulation, Supreme Court nominations, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.