Biden Political Career/Business
1968-1972: Worked as an attorney in
1970: Defeated Republican Lawrence T. Messick
with 55% of the vote in election to the New Castle County
1970-1972: Served as a member of the New Castle
County Council (in Delaware)
1972: Ran for the U.S. Senate seat from
Delaware, and defeated Republican incumbent Senator J.
Caleb Boggs. Biden defeated Boggs by only 3,162 votes in
an upset victory. Biden was then 29 years old.
1978: Won re-election to the U.S. Senate by
defeating Republican challenger James H. Baxter, Jr.
Biden won 59% of the vote.
1984: Won re-election to the U.S. Senate by
defeating Republican challenger John M. Burris. Biden won
60% of the vote.
1987: Joe Biden ran for the1988 Democratic
Presidential Nomination. He entered the race June 9,
1987, but ended his campaign on September 23, 1987 due to
controversy over his alleged copying of speeches by
British politician Neil Kinnock, then leader of the
British Labour Party. Biden also lifted lines from
speeches by other well-known American Democrats Robert
Kennedy and by Hubert H. Humphrey. News also came out
that Biden had plagiarized part of a paper in his first
year at Syracuse University School of Law in 1965.
1990: Won re-election to the U.S. Senate by
defeating Republican challenger M. Jane Brady. Biden won
62% of the vote.
1996: Won re-election to the U.S. Senate by
defeating Republican challenger Ray Clatworthy. Biden won
60% of the vote.
2002: Won re-election to the U.S. Senate by
defeating Republican challenger Ray Clatworthy for a
second time. Biden won 58% of the vote.
2007-2008: Joe Biden announed his candidacy for
the 2008 Democratic Presidential Nomination. He entered
the race January 7, 2007. Biden dropped out of the race
on January 3, 2008, after winning less than 1% of the
vote in the 2008 Iowa
2008: Chosen by Barack Obama to be his
running-mate, Joe Biden goes on to win election as
Vice-President of the United States.
2008: Won re-election to the U.S. Senate by
defeating Republican challenger Christine O'Donnell for a
second time. Biden won 64% of the vote. Bidn then
resigned from the Senate to take office as
2009-Present: Vice-President of the United
2012: Joe Biden was re-nominated as the
Democratic candidate for the Vice-Presidency.
2012: On October 11, Vice-President
Joe Biden engaged in the sole vice-presidential debate
with Republian running mate Paul
November 6, 2012--President Obama and
Vice-President Joe Biden win second terms in the 2012
Biden with President Barack
during the 1988 Presidential
Joe Biden's First Wife and
Children (one month before the death of Neilia and Naomi
Biden Personal Information:
Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (born
November 20, 1942)
Joe Biden Family:
Neilia Hunter (b. July 28, 1942;
married 1966; died Dec. 18,
Jill Jacobs (married 1977)
Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III
(1969-2015)-with Neilia Hunter Biden
Robert Hunter Biden (b. 1970)-with Neilia
Only a few weeks after his upset Senate election
victory in 1972, a traffic accident killed his wife,
Neilia, and their 18-month old daughter, Naomi. Their
two sons were critically injured. Biden took his first
Senate Oath of Office in his sons' hospital room. To
care for his sons, Joe Biden commuted every day by
train between the family home in Delaware, and his job
in Washington D.C. Until his election as
Vice-President, he had never actually lived in or near
Washington D.C., unlike most politicians.
On May 30, 2015, Joe Biden's son Beau passed away
due to brain cancer. His health had been a concern
since 2010, when he suffered a mild stroke that did
not affect his speech nor his physical abilities.
Beau Biden was diagnosed with the cancer in 2013,
Beau Biden underwent surgery to remove a lesion from
his brain. Biden's health seemed in decline for a
short period in the Spring of 2015, as the cancer
returned. He passed away on May 30, 2015, surrounded
by his family. Beau Biden was 46 years old. He was a
former Attorney General of Deleware and a veteran of
the Iraq War. He was in the process of running for the
position of Governor of Deleware.
Beau Biden is the first child of a sitting
president or vice-president to die since President
Kennedy's newborn son Patrick Kennedy passed away in
1965: B.A., University of Delaware, History
and Poltical Science