Biden, 65, is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a highly respected voice on international affairs. The longtime Democratic senator was long considered a likely choice for vice president, but the buzz surrounding him intensified after he returned earlier this week from a two-day trip to the Republic of Georgia after Russian troops invaded. The 65-year-old was first elected to the Senate in 1972. Shortly afterwards, his first wife and daughter were killed in a car accident. He considered resigning, but decided to continue with his political career. Biden is currently serving out his sixth term, making him Delaware's longest-serving senator.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and got a law degree from Syracuse. Biden will make his first big speech as the VP candidate on Wednesday, August 27- the third night of the Democratic convention.