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2016 Candidates

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

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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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Sen. 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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Rep. Beto O’Rourke

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Robert “Beto” O’Rouke was born September 26, 1972 in El Paso, Texas. He received his B.A. in English in 1995 from Columbia University. After graduation, O’Rourke became a live-in caretaker, proofreader, and writer before moving back to El Paso in 1998. In 2000 he founded an internet services company and also ran an online newspaper. He was then elected to the El Paso City Council in 2005 and was re-elected in 2007. In 2012, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the Sixteenth Congressional District of Texas and was re-elected to that position in 2014 and 2016. In 2018, O’Rourke ran an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate but was able to achieve national attention for his fundraising prowess, ability to draw large crowds, and extensive use of social media. He and his wife Amy live in Texas with their three children.

Beto O’Rourke announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on March 14, 2019.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Bill de Blasio was born on May 8, 1961 in New York City. He attended New York University, obtaining a B.A. in metropolitan studies and Columbia University, where he attained a Master of International Affairs. After graduation, de Blasio became an activist and campaign manager in New York. In 2001, he was elected to the New York City Council and was re-elected in 2003 and 2005. In 2009, he was elected Public Advocate of New York City and then in 2013, he was elected Mayor. In 2017, de Blasio was re-elected Mayor of New York City and continues to serve in that role today. He and his wife Chirlane live in New York City and have two children, a son and a daughter.

Bill de Blasio announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on May 16, 2019.

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Gov. 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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Sen. 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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Pres. Donald Trump

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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.

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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Sen. Elizabeth Warren

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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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V.P. 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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Rep. Joe Sestak

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Born in Secane, Pennsylvania on December 12, 1951, Joseph “Joe” Sestak attended the U.S. Naval Academy, earning a degree in American political systems. In 1974, Sestak became an officer in the U.S. Navy and earned an M.P.A. and a Ph.D. in political economy between tours from Harvard University. Sestak retired as a Rear Admiral in 2005. In 2006, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Seventh Congressional District of Pennsylvania and was re-elected in 2008. In 2010 and 2016, he unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania and has worked as a professor since holding elected office. He is currently married to his wife Susan; the couple has one daughter.

Joe Sestak announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on June 22, 2019.

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Rep. 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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Sec. 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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Sen. Kamala Harris

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Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California on October 20, 1964. She attended Howard University and gradated with a degree in political science and economics. She then completed a law degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. After graduation, Harris began her career as a prosecutor. In 2003, she began her tenure at the District Attorney of San Francisco. Then in 2010, Harris was elected Attorney General of California and was re-elected in 2014. In 2016, she was elected to the U.S. Senate. She currently lives in California with her husband Douglas and has two adult stepchildren.

Kamala Harris announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination on January 21, 2019.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

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Kirsten Gillibrand was born in Albany, New York on December 9, 1966. She attended Dartmouth College, earning a degree in Asian studies. She then went on to graduate from law school at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1991, she began a law career in New York. In 2006, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the Twentieth Congressional District of New York and was subsequently re-elected in 2008. However, she didn’t serve her second term in the House since she was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill a vacated seat. She has remained in that seat, winning a 2010 special election and subsequent elections in 2012 and 2018. She is married to her husband Jonathan and has two children.

Kirsten Gillibrand announced on January 15, 2019 that she was forming an exploratory committee and then formally declared her candidacy for the Democratic nomination on March 17, 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 meal 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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Sen. 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.  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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Mayor 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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Rep. Seth Moulton

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A native of Marblehead, Massachusetts, Seth Moulton was born on October 24, 1978. He earned a degree in physics at Harvard University in 2001 and then joined the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation. He served four tours of duty during the Iraq War and left the Marines in 2008 as a Captain. After the military, Moulton returned to Harvard where he earned an M.B.A. and an M.P.P. in 2011. He then began a business career before running for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014 for the Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts. He was re-elected to that position in in 2016 and 2018. He and his wife Liz live in Massachusetts with their daughter.

Seth Moulton announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on April 22, 2019.  He announced that he was ending his presidential campaign on August 23, 2019.

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Gov. Steve Bullock

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Stephen “Steve” Bullock was born in Missoula, Montana on April 11, 1966, and raised in Helena, Montana. He earned a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from Columbia University. Following law school, he worked as a lawyer for various state government agencies. In 2000, he unsuccessfully ran for Attorney General of Montana but then was elected to the position in 2008. Then in 2012, he was elected Governor of Montana and was re-elected in 2016. He is married to his wife Lisa with whom he has three children.

Steve Bullock announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on May 14, 2019.

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Rep. Tim Ryan

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Born July 16, 1973 in Niles, Ohio, Timothy “Tim” Ryan is the U.S. Representative for the Thirteenth Congressional District of Ohio. He attended Bowling Green State University, earning a B.A. in 1995, and Franklin Pierce Law Center, earning a J.D. in 2000. After graduation, Ryan was elected to the Ohio State Senate where he served half of his term before running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Ryan was elected to represent the Seventeenth Congressional District of Ohio (now the Thirteenth Congressional District) in 2002 and has won re-election eight times. In 2016, Ryan unsuccessfully ran for Minority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has one son with his wife Andrea as well as two step-children.

Tim Ryan announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on April 4, 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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Rep. 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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Mayor Wayne Messam

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Wayne Messam was born on June 7, 1974 in South Bay, Florida. He attended Florida State University where he played football and earned a B.S. in management and information systems. Messam started a construction company in 2007 and then was elected to the City Commission of Miramar, Florida in 2011. In 2015, he was elected mayor and then re-elected in 2019. Messan and his wife Angela have three children.

Wayne Messam announced on March 13, 2019 that he was forming an exploratory committee and then formally declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on March 28, 2019.

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