Sharad Yadav was born on July 1, 1947 in a farmers’ family of modest means at Akhmau village in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. Sharad Yadav married Dr. Rekha Yadav. Yadav is a gold medalist in Electrical Engineering from Jabalpur Engineering College and also has a Bachelor of Science degree from Government Model Science College, Jabalpur. He is fond of reading books especially on history, and also writing of articles on many subjects which have been printed in the national dailies.
He was President of Students’ Union of Jabalpur University. He was elected first time from Jabalpur (MP) constituency of Lok Sabha in 1974. It was the time when JP Movement was on peak and he was the first candidate chosen by Shri Jai Prakash Narayan for political arena on election symbol of Haldar Kisan. Again, he was elected from the same constituency in 1977. He was elected from Baduan (UP) Lok Sabha constituency in the year 1989. Thereafter, he has been contesting from Madhepura Lok Sabha constituency. Madhepura is one of the 40 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar State in eastern India. Sharad Yadav has so far after the year 1991 won from Madhepura Parliamentary Constituency. He had also represented Bihar in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. He has been elected to Lok Sabha seven times and to Rajya Sabha twice.
JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav have been selected for the ‘Outstanding Parliamentarian Award’ for 2012. He participates in almost all the debates on the floor of the House. He is a disciplined politician and he treats the Parliament a temple of the people of this country. He believes that Parliament is the right and effective forum for raising the issues of general public in democracy in our country. He always abides by the fundamentals of democracy., He always raises the issues pertaining to the under privileged class of the Society and that is why he was one of the champions for getting the recommendations of Mandal Commission implemented. He was the first to raise the issue in the year 2013 against the judgment of Constitutional Bench of Supreme Court in the case of Faculty Association of AIIMS Vs Union of India which was anti reservation policy for SC/ST/OBC.