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2016 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 campaign for the presidency 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

republican

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 her candidacy for the Democratic nomination on February 1, 2019.

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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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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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Jay Inslee

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Born February 9, 1951 in Seattle, Washington, Jay Inslee is the Governor of Washington. He attended the University of Washington, earning a degree in 1973, and Willamette University, earning a J.D. in 1976. After graduation, Inslee worked as a city prosecutor before being elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1988, followed by re-election in 1990. In 1992, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Fourth Congressional District of Washington but then lost re-election two years later. In 1996, Inslee made a failed attempt for Governor of Washington. In 1998, Inslee was once again elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, this time from the First Congressional District of Washington and then stayed in that position until 2012, when he was elected Governor of Washington. He was subsequently re-elected to that position in 2016. Inslee and wife Trudi have three children.

Jay Inslee announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination on March 1, 2019.

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John Delaney

democrat

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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John Hickenlooper

democrat

John Hickenlooper was born February 7, 1952 in Narbeth, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in English and a M.S. in geology. After graduation, Hickenlooper moved to Colorado and became a geologist. Then, in 1988 he founded a brewpub in Denver, Colorado and became deeply involved in the community and economic development. In 2003, he was elected Mayor of Denver and then won re-election in 2007. In 2010, he was elected Governor of Colorado and was subsequently re-elected in 2014. In 2014, Hickenlooper served a one year term as Chair of the National Governors Association. He is married to his wife Robin and has a son from his previous marriage.

John Hickenlooper announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on March 7, 2019.

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Julián Castro

democrat

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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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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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 20th 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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Pete Buttigieg

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A native of South Bend, Indiana, 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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Rand Paul

republican

Rand Paul was born on January 7th, 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After attending Baylor University, Paul studied at Duke Medical School and began his ophthalmology practice. In 1995, Paul founded Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, and has served as Lions Clubs International’s President. He was elected Senator of Kentucky in 2010, and currently lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Rand Paul announced his campaign for the presidency on April 7, 2015.

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Rick Perry — Suspended

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As of September 11th, 2015, Rick Perry suspended his bid for the presidency. 

Born in Paint Creek, TX on March 4, 1950, Rick Perry attended Texas A&M, earning a degree in Animal Science. Following college, Perry joined the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1972 until 1977. In 1982, Perry married his wife Anita (the couple has two children). Perry was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1984 and served 3 terms in the state legislature. He changed his party in 1989, and ran for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture in 1990, a position he held for two terms. In 1998, Perry was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas, and he became governor in 2000 when George W. Bush resigned after his election as president of the United States. Rick Perry served as Governor of Texas from 2000-2015; he is the longest-serving governor in the state’s history.

Rick Perry announced on June 4, 2015 that he is a candidate for the presidency in 2016.

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Rick Santorum

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Rick Santorum was born in Virginia on May 10, 1958, and raised in Butler, Pennsylvania. He attended Pennsylvania State University, and earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a JD from Dickinson School of Law. Following law school, he worked as a lawyer at Kirkpatrick and Lockhart, where he met his future wife, Karen. The two married in 1990 and have seven living children (one child passed away). Santorum represented Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district from 1991-1995 and served in the U.S. Senate from 1995-2007 (he was the third most senior member of the Senate from 2001-2007), losing reelection in 2006. He was a candidate for the presidency in 2012, winning the Iowa caucus and ten other primaries or caucuses.

Rick Santorum announced his candidacy for the presidency on May 27, 2015.

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Scott Walker — Suspended

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As of September 21st, 2015, Scott Walker suspended his bid for the presidency. 

Born November 2, 1967 in Colorado Springs, CO, Scott Walker is currently serving his second term as Governor of Wisconsin. Walker attended Marquette University, leaving in 1990 to work with the American Red Cross. From 1993-2002, he served in the state assembly, and was elected Milwaukee City Executive in a special election in 2002. After winning another 2 consecutive terms as City Executive, Walker was elected Governor in 2010, survived a recall effort in 2012, and was reelected as Governor in 2014. He and his wife Tonette have 2 children.

Walker formed an exploratory committee for the 2016 presidential race and declared his candidacy on July 13, 2015.

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Ted Cruz

republican

Senator Ted Cruz was born on December 22, 1970. He attended Princeton University, obtaining a degree in Public Policy in 1992. In 1995, he graduated with at J.D. from Harvard Law School and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He joined a law firm in Houston, where he worked from 1997 to 1998. From 1999-2003, he served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission and as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice. Cruz was appointed Solicitor General of Texas and served in that capacity from 2003-2008; he was also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law from 2004-2009. In 2012, Cruz was elected to the U.S. Senate. He and his wife Heidi live in Texas with their two young daughters.

Ted Cruz declared that he was a candidate for the presidency on March 23, 2015.

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Tulsi Gabbard

democrat

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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