- Seven Democratic candidates have jumped into the field for president in 2020.
- Four out of the seven declared candidates attended an Ivy League university, five have law degrees, and one is a Rhodes scholar.
- Here’s what the declared Democratic candidates looked like in their school-age days.
Seven Democratic presidential contenders have jumped into the field so far — and they come from markedly different backgrounds.
They grew up in places as far-flung as Hawaii, Texas, and upstate New York — attending a mix of private school, public schools, and home-school.
Four out of the seven declared candidates attended an Ivy League university, five have law degrees, and one is a Rhodes scholar.
One of the candidates, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, was elected to serve in the Hawaii state legislature and completed two overseas deployments in the US Army before earning a bachelor’s degree from Hawaii Pacific University.
Here’s what all the Democratic presidential contenders looked like in high school, college, or grad school:
Sen. Kamala Harris earned a law degree from Hastings College of Law — and invited one of her elementary school teachers to her graduation.
„Growing up, the first question asked of me at the dinner table was, ‚what did you learn at school today?‘ Thanks to my beloved first grade teacher, Mrs. Frances Wilson at Thousand Oaks Elementary School in Berkeley, I always had an answer I was anxious to share,“ Harris wrote.
„Mrs. Wilson was deeply committed to her students…she stayed in touch with many of us throughout our lives, and when I graduated from Hastings College of the Law, Mrs. Wilson was in the audience,“ she added.
After graduating from San Antonio’s Thomas Jefferson High School, Julian and Joaquin Castro both went on to Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
“They were regular kids, but at the same time you knew they were going to do something great. They were very smart,“ former chemistry teacher Carita Thomas told Texas Public Radio.
„They knew they wanted to finish school. And they knew they wanted to finish college,“ she added.
After graduating from law school, both brothers returned to San Antonio and went into public service. Joaquin became a Texas state legislator and is now a member of Congress.
Julian served as mayor of San Antonio, was secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, and is now running for president.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard made history as the youngest person elected to the Hawaii State Legislature at age 21.
Gabbard was elected to represent District 42 in West O’ahu in 2002 when she was just 21 years old.
During her time in the state legislature, she advocated for clean energy and environmental protections. She left the legislature in 2004 to join the Hawaii National Guard, but later returned to politics after two overseas deployments, serving on the Honolulu City Council before being elected to Congress.
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