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Joe Biden is an American politician who served as the 47th Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He became President of the United States in November 2020.
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Key Facts & Information
- Joe Biden was born Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. on November 20, 1942.
- Born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he is the oldest child of Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Biden and Joseph Robinette Biden Sr.
- He has two brothers and a sister.
- He is of English, French, and Irish ancestry.
- Joe Biden’s father was a used car salesman and furnace cleaner, while his mother was a housewife.
- He and his family moved from Pennsylvania to Delaware when he was in third grade.
- Biden was admitted to the prestigious Archmere Academy in Claymont; he was an exceptional halfback and wide receiver on the high school football team.
- Biden continued to play freshman football at the University of Delaware in Newark, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965 with a double major in history and political science, and a minor in English.
- In 1968, Biden earned a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law in New York.
- In 1969, Biden was admitted to the Delaware bar.
- Upon graduation, Biden moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where he clerked at a Wilmington law firm headed by prominent local Republican William Prickett.
- In 1969, he practiced law first as a public defender and then at a firm headed by a locally active Democrat.
- In 1970, he was elected as New Castle County Councillor.
- In 1972, he was elected to the U.S. Senate from Delaware and consequently became the sixth-youngest senator in the history of the United States.
PERSONAL LIFE AND FAMILY
- Biden married Neilia Hunter, a student at Syracuse University, on August 27, 1966. They had three children.
- A week before Christmas in 1972, Biden’s wife and three children were involved in a tragic car accident, resulting in the deaths of his wife and only daughter.
- Joe Biden met Jill Jacobs, an educator, in 1975 and they wed in 1977. Later, they had a daughter.
LIFE AS SENATOR
- Biden served as an accomplished Senator from 1973 to 2009.
- During his early years in the Senate, Biden focused on consumer protection, environmental issues, and arms control.
- Biden was one of the Senate’s primary opponents of race-integration busing in the mid-1970s.
- Biden then became one of the Senate’s leading foreign policy experts.
- For several years, Biden was chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations (2001–03; 2007–09).
- He proposed a partition plan for the Iraq war as a way to maintain unity and peace in Iraq.
- Biden was also an outspoken proponent of stricter crime laws. Notably, Biden sponsored the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in 1994, which increased sentences for some crimes and added 100,000 police officers.
- Biden established himself as one of the most prominent Democratic lawmakers.
FIRST PRESIDENTIAL BID
- In 1987, Biden decided to run for the U.S. presidency.
- After reports detailed that he committed plagiarism in one of his speeches, he dropped out of the Democratic primary.
- During his presidential campaign, Biden suffered severe headaches and neck pain. After he dropped out of the campaign, he had two life-threatening brain aneurysms, for which he had to undergo surgeries.
- Biden took a seven-month break from his Senate duties to recuperate.
SECOND PRESIDENTIAL BID
- In 2007, Biden once again decided to run for the U.S. presidency.
- Biden’s presidential campaign never gained momentum; he later dropped out after receiving less than one percent of the vote in the Iowa Democratic caucuses.
- Several months later, presidential candidate Barack Obama chose Biden as his running mate.
- Obama believed Biden’s working-class roots to be helpful in appealing to blue-collar voters.
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN
- On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th U.S. President and Joe Biden became the 47th Vice President.
- As Vice President, Biden mostly served as the adviser to the president behind the scenes.
- He took active roles in producing federal foreign policies relating to Iraq and Afghanistan.
- In 2012, Obama won against Republican Mitt Romney securing a second term as President and Biden another term as Vice President.
- Biden took a significant role in achieving a bipartisan agreement on a fiscal cliff bill leading to tax increases and spending cuts.
- Biden also became a key figure in the national debate about gun control, as he crafted recommendations and solutions for reducing gun violence across the nation.
2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
- On April 25, 2019, Biden delivered the news that he was running for the U.S. presidency in 2020.
- Biden ran against then-President Donald Trump who Biden was a vocal critic of.
- Bernie Sanders, another candidate from the Democratic field, dropped out after the coronavirus pandemic had started; Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee.
- Throughout his campaign period, Biden outlined a platform that consisted of policies that appealed to progressives.
- Due partly to the criticism drawn to Trump’s response to the pandemic, Biden gained a lead over Trump in nationwide polls.
- In August 2020 Biden chose Kamala Harris as his running mate.
- Kamala Harris became the first Black and Indian-American woman to appear on a major party’s national ticket.
- On November 7, 2020, four days after the election, Biden secured the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency.
- Biden won approximately 81 million votes to Trump’s approximately 74 million, winning the popular vote by 51.4 percent.
- Biden was formally elected as the next President of the United States by members of the Electoral College on December 14, 2020.
- At 78 years old, he is the oldest president in American history.
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