Joe Biden
(46th President of the United States)

Political Biography
Joe Biden Political Career | Joe Biden Family

 Joe Biden

Joe Biden's Political Career, Business Career and Connections

Party Affiliation: Democrat

1968-1972: Worked as an attorney in Delaware

1970: Defeated Republican Lawrence T. Messick with 55% of the vote in election to the New Castle County Council

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 Democrdatic Caucus.

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 Vice-President.

2009-2017: Vice-President of the United States.

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 Ryan.

November 6, 2012--President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden win second terms in the 2012 Presidential election

2019-2020-Candidate for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination

2020-Democratic nominee of the Democratic Party for the office of President

August 11, 2020--Joe Biden announced his selection of Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) as his running mate.

I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020

2020-On November 7, 2020, four days after the November 3, 2020 vote, Joseph R. Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 Election.

2021-On January 20, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. NOTE: Biden is only the second President of the Roman Catholic faith.  John Kennedy was the first.


Obama and Biden

Vice-President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Joe Biden Pictures:

Joe Biden during the 1988 Presidential Campaign

Joe Biden during the 1988 Presidential Campaign


 Joe Biden Family 1972

Joe Biden's First Wife and Children (one month before the death of Neilia and Naomi Biden)

Joe Biden's Family

Joe Biden Personal Information:

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (born November 20, 1942)

Joe Biden Family:

Joe Biden's Spouse(s):
Neilia Hunter (b. July 28, 1942; married 1966; died Dec. 18, 1972)*

Jill Jacobs (married 1977)

Joe Biden's Children:

Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III (1969-2015)-with Neilia Hunter Biden

Robert Hunter Biden (b. 1970)-with Neilia Hunter Biden

Naomi ChristinaBiden (1971-1972)-with Neilia Hunter Biden

Ashley Blazer Biden (b. 1981) -with Jill Jacobs Biden

* Notes on Joe Biden's Family:

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's death affected his father and had a major impact on Joe Biden's decision to not run for president in 2016.

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 1963.

Joe Biden's Educaton:

1965: B.A., University of Delaware, History and Poltical Science

1968: J.D., Syracuse University

Joe Biden's Religion:

Roman Catholic


Joe Biden Resources:

Does the Type of High School Attended by Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates Matter?

The Vice-President's Official Website

Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s Son, Dies at 46

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