What to know about President Joe Biden, who is seeking reelection

He's running for a second term.

September 27, 2023, 12:00 PM

This is part of a series on the 2024 presidential candidates.

Joe Biden was born on Nov. 20, 1942, and grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

He is married to Jill Biden. Two of his four children, son Beau and daughter Naomi, are deceased. He is also a father to son Hunter and daughter Ashley.

Naomi, along with Biden’s first wife, Neilia, were killed in a car accident in 1972, leaving Beau and Hunter badly injured.

He was sworn in as senator of Delaware from Hunter’s hospital room a couple months later, becoming the youngest senator in history.

During his 36 years in the Senate, Biden, a Democrat, served as chairman or ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 16 years.

Biden served two terms as vice president under Barack Obama beginning in 2009.

In 2015, Biden’s son Beau died of brain cancer at the age of 4.

In 2016, Biden was tasked by Obama to lead the Cancer Moonshot initiative, with hopes to someday eradicate the disease.

Biden was elected president in November 2020, defeating Republican incumbent Donald Trump.

He officially launched his reelection bid for president in Philadelphia on June 17.