Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and lived there for ten years before they moved to Delaware. He became a lawyer in 1969 and was elected to the county council in 1970. Biden was elected to the Senate in 1972 and was the sixth-youngest senator in U.S. history. He was reelected to the Senate six times, was the fourth most senior senator at the time of his retirement, and is the 14th-longest senator in history. Biden was a long time member and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. His strong defense helped to create U.S. military assistance and intervention during the Bosnian war. He opposed the Gulf War in 1991.