Joe Biden Biography
Full Name: Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.
Born: 20-Nov-1942, birthplace : Scranton, PA
Family: Married to Jill Tracy Jacobs, childrens:
Beau, Hunter and Ashley.
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware
Religion: Roman Catholic
Occupation: US Senator from Delaware
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Joe Biden was born November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph R. Biden, Sr. and Catherine Eugenia Finnegan and the first of four siblings in an Irish-Catholic family (Joe has two brothers James Brian Biden and Francis W. Biden, and a sister Valerie Biden (Owens) ).
When Joe Biden was 10 years old, the family moved to a middle-class neighborhood in Delaware. His father was a car salesman, and together with his mother, they worked hard to teach their children to stand up for what matters most.
In 1961, Joe graduated from Archmere Academy in Claymont, Delaware and enrolled in a University of Delaware in Newark.
In 1965 Joe Biden earned his B.A. degree from the University of Delaware and enrolled in law school at Syracuse University. Joe Biden received his J.D. degree from Syracuse in 1968, was admitted to the Delaware bar and began to practice criminal law, first as a public defender in Wilmington and then in his own firm.
During a 1964 spring, Joe met his future wife, Neilia Hunter. Joe and Neilia married in 1966,they had three children — Joseph R. III (Beau), Robert Hunter, and Naomi.
Joseph Biden was first elected to the United States Senate in 1972 at the age of twenty-nine. Few believed that Biden could beat his opponent, longtime senator and Republican incumbent J. Caleb Boggs, but Joe winning 116,006 votes to Boggs’ 112,844.
Several weeks after he was elected to the Senate, on December 18, 1972, in Ockessin, Delaware, occurred the tragedy: his wife, 27-year-old Neilia, sons 3-year-old Beau and 2-year-old Hunter and daughter, 13-month-old Naomi, were bringing home a Christmas tree in the family station wagon when it collided with a tractor-trailer. His wife and daughter were killed instantly and the two boys were critically injured. It was no doubt the hardest decision of Senator Biden’s life to take the oath of office required to serve in the United States Senate, which with considerable urging, support and love from his family he did in his sons’ hospital room. His sister and her husband moved into the Senator’s house in order to care for the boys and the Senator began commuting daily between Wilmington and Washington - a ninety-minute train ride each way. Eventually both boys made full recoveries.
Though he considered leaving office completely, Biden returned to Congress, but admits that, at first, he did the least amount of work required. His return to public life was also afflicted, he recalls, by an insatiable media.
In 1975, Biden met Jill Jacobs, a teacher from Delaware. His relationship with her renewed his interest in life and politics: “It had given me the permission to be me again.” Two years later,in 1977, they married with Biden’s two young sons standing next to them at the altar. A few years later, in 1981, their daugher Ashley was born.
He never forgot where he came from. While most Senators live in Washington, he commutes home every night using public transportation to be with his wife of almost 30 years, Jill, a school teacher, and his now 89-year-old mother.
They have three children - Beau, Hunter, and Ashley - and five grandchildren.
Democratic Candidate Joseph Biden’s Bio. Presidential Election 2008.
Joe Biden’s Biography
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was first elected to the United States Senate in 1972 at the age of twenty-nine and is recognized as one of the nation’s most powerful and influential voices on foreign relations, terrorism, drug policy, and crime prevention.
Foreign Policy & National Security
Senator Biden has played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy for over three decades. As the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he is a student of history, respected at home and abroad for his uniquely well-informed, common sense approach to the complexities of American foreign policy issues. Senator Richard Lugar, currently the top Republican on the committee, has said: “Senator Biden has a very strong commitment to a bipartisan foreign policy and serves as a good example for everyone in Congress. He has a very broad, comprehensive view of the world. He’s a good listener, but he’s also a strong and effective advocate of his position.”
Safeguarding Our Streets
A strong leader on anti-crime and drug policy, Senator Biden has been instrumental in crafting virtually every major piece of crime legislation over the past two decades, including the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, also known as the Biden Crime Law, which dramatically increased funds spent on law enforcement. Additionally, Senator Biden is the author of the landmark Violence Against Women Act of 2000 (VAWA 2000) which contains a broad array of ground-breaking measures to combat domestic violence and provides billions of dollars in federal funds to address gender-based crimes. Biden, who serves as Co-Chairman of the International Narcotics Control Caucus, also wrote the law creating the nation’s “Drug Czar” who oversees and coordinates national drug control policy. Today, Senator Biden continues to work to stop the spread of new drugs such as Ecstacy, Ketamine and Rohypnol, the “date rape” drug.
Protecting Our Environment
In addition to his leadership on foreign policy, crime and drug control issues, Senator Biden is widely recognized for his work on environmental protection and education policy. His work over the past 20 years has led to the end of federal control and the return to Delawareans of more than 1,180 acres of beach shoreline along the Delaware coast. In 2000, Biden’s decades-long efforts culminated with establishment of Delaware’s first and only National Wild and Scenic River — the White Clay Creek Watershed — which will be preserved and saved from development for future generations.
Empowering Our Students
To help Americans struggling to afford the rising costs of college tuition, Biden has been a staunch supporter of college aid and loan programs and has offered legislation to allow families to deduct up to $10,000 per year in higher education expenses on their annual income tax returns. And to prepare today’s students to meet the technology challenges of tomorrow, Biden has undertaken bold initiatives in the Senate to close the “digital divide” and ensure that all students have access to the on-ramp of the information super highway. Senator Biden’s “Kids 2000″ legislation, signed into law by the President in October of 2000 establishes a public/private partnership to help provide computer centers, teachers, Internet access and technical training to young people across the nation, particularly to low-income and at-risk youth.
Senator Biden grew up in New Castle County, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965, and from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1968. Prior to his election to the Senate, Biden practiced law in Wilmington, Delaware and served on the New Castle County Council from 1970 to 1972. Since 1991, Biden has been an adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law, where he teaches a seminar on constitutional law.
Senator Biden lives in Wilmington, Delaware and commutes to Washington, DC when the Senate is in session. He is married to the former Jill Jacobs, and is the father of three children: Beau, Hunter and Ashley. The Bidens also have five grandchildren: Naomi, Finnegan, Roberta Mabel, Natalie, and Robert Hunter Biden.
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Joe Biden’s Fast Facts. Joseph Biden Biography Short Version
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was born on November 20, 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was first elected to the United States Senate in 1972 and re-elected in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996 and 2002. He is currently serving his 6th term.
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D. 1968
University of Delaware, B.A. 1965
(Double Major: History/Political Science)
Archmere Academy 1961
Adjunct Professor, 1991-present
Widener University School of Law
In January of 1973 Joe Biden was sworn into office at the age of 30 years, one month, and 14 days. He is the fifth youngest person to ever serve in the U.S. Senate (John Henry Eaton of Tennessee, Armistead Mason of Virginia, Henry Clay of Kentucky, and Rush Holt of West Virginia were younger).
PRIOR TO THE SENATE
New Castle County (Delaware) Council 1970-1972
Attorney, Wilmington, Delaware 1968-1972
LEADERSHIP AND MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
Senate Democratic Steering and Coordination Committee
Co-Chairman, Senate NATO Observer Group
Co-Chairman, Senate National Security Working Group
Vice Chairman, NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Co-Chairman, Congressional Fireman’s Caucus
Co-Chairman, Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus
Member, Congressional Air Force Caucus
Member, National Guard Caucus
Member, Senate Auto Caucus
Member, Senate Biotechnology Caucus
Member, Congressional Port Security Caucus
Married: Wife, Jill Tracy Biden
Children: Beau Biden; Hunter Biden; Ashley Biden
Grandchildren: Naomi Biden; Finnegan Biden; Roberta Mabel Biden; Natalie Biden; Robert Hunter Biden