Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has chosen Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., to be his running mate.
The Topeka Capital-Journal is reporting that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, D, a former Kansas insurance commissioner and former president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Kansas City, Mo., was one of the 4 leading contenders for the vice presidential slot but may have been passed over because of her lack of foreign policy experience.
Biden is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also is a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.
- In 1999, Biden voted against S. 900, the bill that eventually created the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Services Modernization Act, but he voted for the conference report, or House-Senate compromise version of the bill, that was signed into law.
- In 2001, Biden voted against H.R. 1836, the bill that created the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, and he also voted against the conference report version of the bill that was signed into law.