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2020 Candidates

Amy Klobuchar

democrat

Amy Klobuchar was born May 25, 1960 in Plymouth, Minnesota. She received her B.A. in political science in 1982 from Yale University and her J.D. from The University of Chicago in 1985. After graduation, Klobuchar moved back to Minnesota and became a corporate lawyer. She then unsuccessfully ran for Hennepin County Attorney in 1994 but then was elected to the position in 1998 and again in 2002. In 2006, she was elected to the U.S. Senate and was re-elected to that position in 2012 and 2018. She and her husband John live in Minnesota with their daughter.

Amy Klobuchar announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination on February 10, 2019.

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Andrew Yang

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A native of Schenectady, New York, Andrew Yang was born on January 13, 1975. He earned a B.A. in economics at Brown University in 1996 and went on to earn a law degree from Columbia University in 1999. He joined the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell and then left to launch Stargiving.com, a fundraising website. After some other entrepreneurial pursuits, he became CEO of Manhattan Prep, a test preparation company. In 2011, Yang founded Venture for America, a venture capital fellowship designed to send graduates of elite colleges to struggling American cities in order to found startups and revive local economies. He and his wife Evelyn live in New York with their two sons.

Andrew Yang announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on November 6, 2017.

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Bernie Sanders

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Bernard “Bernie” Sanders was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 8, 1941. He attended The University of Chicago and earned a B.A. in political science in 1964. Returning to the United States after time in Israel, he moved to Vermont and worked as a carpenter, filmmaker, and writer. In 1981, he was elected Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Sanders was then elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Vermont’s At-Large Congressional District in 1990 and served for 16 years before winning election to the U.S. Senate in 2006 (he was reelected in 2012 and 2018). In 2016, Sanders launched an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for president coming in second place behind Hillary Clinton. He and his wife Jane live in Vermont and have four children.

Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on February 19, 2019.

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Bill Weld

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William “Bill” Weld was born on July 31, 1945 in Smithtown, New York. Weld has a bachelor’s and a law degree from Harvard University. In 1978, he unsuccessfully ran for Attorney-General of Massachusetts and was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts in 1981. In 1986, Weld was appointed as an Assistant Attorney-General at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1990, he was elected Governor of Massachusetts and was re-elected to the position in 1994. In 1996, he unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate and then the next year, was appointed but not confirmed to be the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. In 2005, Weld unsuccessfully ran for Governor of New York. In 2016, Weld unsuccessfully ran for Vice President as a Libertarian alongside Gary Johnson. Weld lives in Massachusetts with his wife Leslie and has five children from his previous marriage.

Bill Weld announced on February 15, 2019 that he was forming an exploratory committee and then formally declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination on April 15, 2019.

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Cory Booker

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Cory Booker was born on April 27, 1969 and was raised in the suburbs of Newark, New Jersey. He then attended Stanford University where he played football and graduated with a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in sociology. Upon graduation, Booker was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and attended the University of Oxford where he completed an M.A. in U.S. History. In 1997, he graduated with a J.D. from Yale University. The next year, Booker was elected to the Municipal Council of Newark. Four years later, he unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of Newark but then was eventually elected to the position in 2006 and again in 2010. In 2012, Booker was elected to the U.S. Senate and was re-elected in 2018. Booker lives in Newark, New Jersey and is currently unmarried and in a relationship.

Cory Booker announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on February 1, 2019.

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Deval Patrick

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Deval Patrick was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 31, 1956. Growing up in poverty, he was referred to an organization called A Better Chance. This organization allowed him to attend the private boarding school Milton Academy for high school. He then attended Harvard University and gradated with a degree in English and American literature. Patrick then worked for the United Nations before returning to Harvard where he completed a law degree in 1982. After graduation, Patrick served as a appellate court law clerk for one year before joining the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He then went on to join a private law firm in Boston before entering government service in 1994 as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. In 1997, Patrick returned to private life and worked for a law firm and various corporations as general counsel. In 2006, he was elected Governor of Massachusetts and was re-elected in 2010. After leaving the governorship, Patrick has held a position with a private equity firm. He currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife Diane and has two children.

Deval Patrick announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on November 14, 2019.

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Donald Trump

republican

Donald Trump was born in Queens, New York on on June 14, 1946. He initially attended Fordham University but then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a B.S. in economics in 1968. Following graduation, Trump joined his father at the Trump Organization and, in 1971, relocated to Manhattan, where he became involved in a number of large building projects. Among his defining projects is the 58-story Trump Tower in downtown Manhattan, which opened in 1982. In 2016, Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States after defeating 16 opponents in a crowded Republican primary. He is first president to be elected without prior military or government experience. Trump is married to his wife Melania and has five children. He and his wife live in the White House with their youngest son, Barron. The family are legally residents of Florida. 

Donald Trump filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for re-election on the same day of his inauguration, February 20, 2017.

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Elizabeth Warren

democrat

Elizabeth Warren was born on June 22, 1949 and was raised in Oklahoma. She completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Houston in 1970 and then in 1976, graduated with a law degree from Rutgers University-Newark. She then began her academic career at a variety of institutions around the country for nearly two decades before becoming an endowed professor at Harvard Law School in 1995. Over the course of her academic career, Warren became one of the foremost experts on bankruptcy and commercial law in the country. In 1995, Warren began various advisory roles with the Federal Government and was eventually tapped by President Barack Obama to help create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In 2012, Warren was elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts and was subsequently re-elected in 2018. Warren is married to her husband, Bruce, and has two adult children.

Elizabeth Warren announced on December 31, 2018 that she was forming an exploratory committee and then formally declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination on February 8, 2019.

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Joe Biden

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Joseph “Joe” Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 20, 1942. He attended the University of Delaware and earned a B.A. in history and political science in 1965. He then attended Syracuse University where he earned his J.D. in 1968. After graduation, he moved back to Delaware and practiced law before being elected to the New Castle County Council in 1970. Biden was then elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 and served there until 2009. In 1988 and again in 2008, Biden unsuccessfully ran for president. After his second failed attempt at the presidency, Biden became Vice President of the United States serving in the administration of President Barack Obama. He is married to his wife Jill and the couple has one daughter. Biden also had three children in his previous marriage.

Joe Biden announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on April 25, 2019.

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Joe Walsh

republican

William Joseph “Joe” Walsh was born December 27, 1961 in North Barrington, Illinois. He received his B.A. in English in 1985 from The University of Iowa and his M.P.P. from The University of Chicago in 1991. Prior to entering government, Walsh worked as an actor, social worker, conservative activist, and venture capitalist. He  unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 and the Illinois House of Representatives in 1998. In 2010, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the Eighth Congressional District of Illinois and served one term. After losing his 2012 re-election campaign, he launched his talk radio program, The Joe Walsh Show on WIND in Chicago, which was later nationally syndicated. Walsh lives in Illinois, is married to his wife Helene, and has three children and two stepchildren.

Joe Walsh announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination on August 25, 2019.

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John Delaney

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A native of Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, John Delaney was born April 16, 1963. He completed a bachelor’s degree at Columbia University in 1985 and then graduated from Georgetown University with a law degree in 1988. He went on to co-found two businesses that were eventually sold to other firms: Health Care Financial Partners and CapitalSource. Delaney was first elected to public office in 2012, when he was elected to the newly redistricted Sixth Congressional District of Maryland. He was subsequently reelected 2 times, serving from 2012 until 2018. He is currently married to his wife April; the couple has four daughters.

John Delaney announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on July 28, 2017.

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Julián Castro

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Julián Castro was born in San Antonio, Texas on September 16, 1974 and is the identical twin brother of U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro. He graduated from Stanford University in 1996 and went on to earn his law degree from Harvard University. In 2001, Castro was elected to the San Antonio City Council. Then in 2005, Castro unsuccessfully ran for mayor but then eventually was elected to the position in 2009 followed by re-election in 2011 and 2013. In 2012, Castro became the first Hispanic to give the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention and then in 2014 was tapped by President Barack Obama to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He and his wife Erica live in Texas with their two children.

Julián Castro announced on December 12, 2018 that he was forming an exploratory committee and then formally declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on January 12, 2019.

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Marianne Williamson

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Marianne Williamson was born on July 8, 1952 in Houston, Texas. In 1971, she went on to attend but not graduate from Pomona College. A few years after leaving Pomona, Williamson became a spiritual lecturer and advisor. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, an organization that provides meals to those suffering from illness. In 1992, Williamson wrote her first book, A Return To Love. The book became a New York Times bestseller and was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has since published 12 other books and has become a well-known lecturer. In 2014, she launched a failed bid for the U.S. House of Representatives from California’s Thirty-Third Congressional District as an independent. Williamson lives in California and has an adult daughter from her previous marriage.

Marianne Williamson announced on November 15, 2018 that she was forming an exploratory committee and then formally declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination on January 28, 2019.

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Michael Bennet

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Michael Bennet was born on November 28, 1964 in New Delhi, India while his father worked at the U.S. Embassy there. He grew up in Washington, DC and attended Wesleyan University, earning a degree in history. He then went on to graduate from law school at Yale University. After graduation, Bennet began his law career working in government and the private sector. In 1997, he moved to Colorado where he began to work in investing. He then became Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Denver and then was appointed Superintendent of Denver Public Schools in 2005. In 2009, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill a vacated seat. He has remained in that seat, winning elections in 2010 and 2016. He is married to his wife Susan and has three daughters.

Michael Bennet announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on May 2, 2019.

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Mike Bloomberg

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Michael “Mike” Bloomberg was born February 14, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering in 1964 from Johns Hopkins University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1966. After graduating, Bloomberg worked in finance before founding his own company focused on selling financial data. This company would later be known as Bloomberg L.P. and is now a major financial and media company. In 2002, he was elected Mayor of New York as a Republican (he was a Democrat prior to this) and served three terms being re-elected in 2005 and 2009. In the midst of his final term as mayor, Bloomberg changed his political affiliation to independent. After his mayoralty, he began a period as a full-time philanthropist before rejoining Bloomberg L.P. as CEO. As a philanthropist, he has focused on environmental and public health issues, among others. Bloomberg lives in New York City with his domestic partner Diana Taylor and has two children from his previous marriage.

Mike Bloomberg announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on November 24, 2019.

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Pete Buttigieg

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A native of South Bend, Indiana, Peter “Pete” Buttigieg was born on January 19, 1982. He attended Harvard University, graduating with a B.A. in history and literature in 2004. Upon graduation, Buttigieg was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and attended the University of Oxford where he completed a M.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics. In 2009, he became an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and then deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. In 2010, Buttigieg unsuccessfully ran for state treasurer of Indiana. In 2012, he became Mayor of South Bend, Indiana and won re-election in 2015. In 2017, he unsuccessfully ran for Chair of the Democratic National Committee. He is married to his husband Chasten with whom he lives in South Bend, Indiana.

Pete Buttigieg announced on January 23, 2019 that he was forming an exploratory committee and then formally declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on April 14, 2019.

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Tom Steyer

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A native of New York City, Tom Steyer was born on June 27, 1957. He earned a B.A. in economics and political science at Yale University and went on to earn an M.B.A. from Stanford University. In between his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Steyer worked in investments at Morgan Stanley. After Stanford, he worked at various investment firms before founding his own, Farallon Capital, in 1986. In 2012, he left Farallon to support environmental advocacy efforts and Democratic Party politics. The next year, Steyer founded NextGen Climate (now NextGen America), an environmental advocacy group that has spent millions of dollars to advance progressive candidates and environmental activism. In 2017, he founded Need to Impeach, an organization that advocates for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Steyer and his wife Kathryn live in California and have four children.

Tom Steyer announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on July 9, 2019.

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Tulsi Gabbard

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Tulsi Gabbard was born April 12, 1981 in Leloaloa, American Samoa and was raised in Hawaii. In 2002, Gabbard was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives at the age of 21 becoming the youngest woman ever elected to a state legislature. In 2003, she enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard and completed a one-year tour of Iraq. In 2007, she graduated from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School and became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. In 2008, Gabbard was deployed to Kuwait. Upon returning from Kuwait, she attended Hawaii Pacific University, graduating in 2009 with a business degree. In 2010, Gabbard was elected to the Honolulu City Council. She was then elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Hawaii’s Second Congressional District in 2012, a position she continues to hold to today. Gabbard lives in Hawaii with her husband, Abraham.

Tulsi Gabbard announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination on February 2, 2019.

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