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The 2020 presidential election is still a ways off, but you’re forgiven if you feel like campaign season is already upon us.
We’re keeping track of where all possible presidential candidates stand: Who’s running, who isn’t running, and, when the time comes, who has dropped out. We’ll be updating this list as candidates declare their intentions, so keep checking in.
Michael Bennet, 54
US Senator from Colorado
Bennet is the former superintendent of the Denver schools and has been in the Senate since 2009.
Joe Biden, 76
Former Vice President
Biden’s US Senate career stretches back to 1973. He ran for president in 1988 and again in 2008 before joining Barack Obama’s ticket.
Cory Booker, 50
US Senator from New Jersey
He has served in the US Senate since 2013, and his rise to become mayor of Newark was depicted in a movie.
Steve Bullock, 53
Governor of Montana
Bullock served as Montana’s attorney general before being elected governor twice.
Pete Buttigieg, 37
South Bend (Ind.) Mayor
Buttigieg is an Afghanistan war veteran, Rhodes scholar, and Harvard graduate. He’s the first openly gay Democratic presidential candidate.
Julián Castro, 44
Former HUD Secretary
Castro served as Secretary of Housing and Economic Development under President Obama following about five years as mayor of San Antonio, Texas. His twin brother, Joaquin, is also a politician.
Bill de Blasio, 58
New York City Mayor
de Blasio, who grew up in Cambridge, has been reelected twice as New York City mayor.
John Delaney, 56
Former US Representative from Maryland
The former congressman announced his candidacy in July 2017.
Tulsi Gabbard, 38
US Representative from Hawaii
Gabbard is an Iraq war veteran and was the youngest woman elected to a state legislature when she won a House seat in Hawaii in 2002. She represents the state’s Second Congressional District.
Kirsten Gillibrand, 52
US Senator from New York
Gillibrand represented New York’s 20th Congressional District before being appointed to HIllary Clinton’s Senate seat in 2009. She won a special election for the seat and then was re-elected in 2012 and 2018.
Mike Gravel, 89
Former senator from Alaska
Gravel last served Alaska in the Senate in 1980, but reemerged when he ran for president in 2008.
Kamala Harris, 54
US Senator from California
Harris was elected to the Senate in 2017. She began her elected career as district attorney in San Francisco and was later attorney general for the state of California.
John Hickenlooper, 67
Former Governor of Colorado
A former brewer, Hicklenlooper was the Denver mayor before serving two terms as governor.
Jay Inslee, 68
Governor of Washington State
Inslee is a former congressman and two-time elected governor.
Amy Klobuchar, 58
US Senator from Minnesota
Klobuchar was the elected prosecutor in Minnesota’s largest county before winning her Senate seat in 2006.
Wayne Messam, 44
Mayor of Miramar, Florida
A former Florida State wide receiver, he is the two-term mayor of a South Florida city.
Seth Moulton, 40
US Representative from Massachusetts
Moulton is an Iraq war veteran who has represented Massachusetts’ Sixth Congressional District since 2015. He unsuccessfully worked to oust Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democrats last fall.
Beto O’Rourke, 46
Former US Representative from Texas
Before losing his bid to unseat US Senator Ted Cruz, O’Rourke represented Texas’ 16th Congressional District and served on the El Paso City Council.
Tim Ryan, 45
US Representative from Ohio
Ryan, a former state lawmaker in Ohio, has been representing the state in the US House since 2003.
Bernie Sanders, 77
US Senator from Vermont
Sanders is a registered independent and has represented Vermont in the US Senate since 2007 and in the US House for the 16 years prior. He ran for president in 2016 and lost a contentious primary campaign to Hillary Clinton.
Eric Swalwell, 38
US Representative from California
Swalwell ousted a longtime incumbent and fellow Democrat to win his congressional seat in California in 2012.
Elizabeth Warren, 69
US Senator from Massachusetts
An Oklahoma native, Warren was a Harvard law professor who specialized in bankruptcy and commercial law. In 2010, she was tasked with setting up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama. She won a US Senate seat in 2012.
Marianne Williamson, 66
Author and speaker
Williamson is an author, speaker, and activist who has written over a dozen books. She founded a nonprofit dedicated to supporting people living with AIDS in the 1980s.
Andrew Yang, 44
An entrepreneur, Yang is running on the idea of the federal government providing a univerisal basic income for everyone.
Donald Trump, 72
President of the United States
Trump is the 45th president of the United States. He spent decades as a brash real estate developer before branching into reality TV in 2004. He ran for president as a newcomer to politics in 2016.
Bill Weld, 73
Former governor of Massachusetts
Weld served as governor of Massachusetts from 1991 until resigning in the summer of 1997 to lobby for Senate confirmation to be Ambassador to Mexico. He ran for vice president as a libertarian in 2016.
likely to run
Howard Schultz, 65
Schultz, a Seattle resident, cofounded Starbucks.
unlikely to run
Stacey Abrams, 45
2018 Democratic nominee for Georgia governor
A former member of the Georgia General Assembly, Abrams was the first African-American woman to be a major political party’s nominee for governor in US history. She also delivered the response to the 2019 State of the Union.
John Kerry, 75
Former US Secretary of State
Kerry represented Massachusetts in the US Senate from 1985 until 2013, when he joined the Obama administration as secretary of state. He was the Democratic nominee for president in 2004, losing to George W. Bush.
Bob Corker, 66
Former US Senator, Tennessee
Corker is a former senator from Tennessee, serving for two terms before declining to seek reelection in 2018. Prior to his election as senator, he served as mayor of Chattanooga.
Larry Hogan, 62
Governor of Maryland
Hogan is the current governor of Maryland. Prior to entering politics, he fouded and ran a real estate company.
John Kasich, 67
Former governor of Ohio
Kasich is a former governor of Ohio. Prior to his election in 2010, he served in the US House representing Ohio’s 12th district for nearly two decades. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 2000 and 2016.
Richard Ojeda, 48
Former West Virginia State Senator
A former Trump supporter and combat veteran, Ojeda led a teachers’ strike and was elected to the West Virginia Senate.
Stormy Daniels lawyer
Former New York City Mayor
US Senator from Ohio
US Senator from Pennsylvania
2016 Democratic presidential nominee
Governor of New York
Los Angeles Mayor
Former US Attorney General
Former New Orleans Mayor
Former Governor of Virginia
US Senator from Oregon
US Senator from Connecticut
Former governor of Massachusetts
US Representative from California
Former US Senator, Arizona
Former UN ambassador
US Senator from Utah and former governor of Massachusetts
US Senator from Nebraska
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