Joe Biden

US Vice President

1942 –

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Who is Joe Biden?

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. is the 47th and current Vice President of the United States, jointly elected with President Barack Obama. He is a member of the Democratic Party and was a United States Senator from Delaware from January 3, 1973, until his resignation on January 15, 2009, following his election to the Vice Presidency. In 2012, Biden was elected to a second term alongside Obama.

Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and lived there for ten years before moving to Delaware. He became an attorney in 1969, and was elected to the New Castle County council in 1970. Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972 and became the sixth-youngest senator in U.S. history. He was re-elected to the Senate six times, and was the fourth most senior senator at the time of his resignation. Biden was a long-time member and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. His strong advocacy helped bring about U.S. military assistance and intervention during the Bosnian War. He opposed the Gulf War in 1991. He voted in favor of the Iraq War Resolution in 2002, but later proposed resolutions to alter U.S. strategy there. He has also served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dealing with issues related to drug policy, crime prevention, and civil liberties, and led creation of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act and Violence Against Women Act. He chaired the Judiciary Committee during the contentious U.S. Supreme Court nominations of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.

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Born
Nov 20, 1942
Scranton
Also known as
  • Joseph Biden
  • Joseph Robinette Biden
  • Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
  • Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.
  • Sen Joe Biden
  • Sen Joseph Biden
  • Sen. Joe Biden
  • Sen. Joseph Biden
  • Senator Joe Biden
  • Senator Joseph Biden
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Catholicism
Ethnicity
  • Irish American
  • White people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Juris Doctor, Syracuse University
    ( - 1968)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Delaware
    Political Science
    ( - 1965)
  • History
  • Archmere Academy
    ( - 1961)
Employment
  • Partner, Biden and Walsh
  • Adjunct Professor, Widener University School of Law
    (1991 - )
Lived in
  • Wilmington
  • Scranton
  • Claymont
  • Number One Observatory Circle

Submitted
on July 23, 2013