- NAME: Joe Biden
- OCCUPATION: U.S. Vice President, U.S. Representative
- BIRTH DATE: November 20, 1942 (Age: 70)
- EDUCATION: University of Delaware, Syracuse University Law School, St. Helena School, St. Paul's Elementary School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Scranton, Pennsylvania
- Full Name: Jospeh Robinette Biden Jr.
- AKA: Joe Biden
- AKA: Jospeh Robinette Biden
- ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
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Former Delaware Senator Joe Biden was elected the 47th U.S. vice president with President Barack Obama in 2008. He earned a second term as vice president when Obama was re-elected to the presidency in 2012.
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On January 20, 2009, Obama was sworn in as the 44th U.S. president and Biden became the 47th vice president.
From 1973 to 2009, Biden served a distinguished Senate career. During his time in the Senate, Biden won the respect of many of his fellow Senators.
A week before Christmas in 1972, Biden's wife and three children were involved in a terrible car accident while out shopping for a Christmas tree. The accident killed his wife and daughter, and severely injured both of his sons.
Joe Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 20, 1942 to a working class family. He attributes much of his work ethic to the values he learned growing up.
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In addition to foreign policy, Biden was an outspoken proponent of tougher crime laws. In 1987, Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork's failure to receive confirmation was largely attributed to harsh questioning by Biden, who was then chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 1994, Biden sponsored the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act to add 100,000 police officers and increase sentences for a host of crimes.
In 1987, having established himself as one of Washington's most prominent Democratic lawmakers, Biden decided to run for the U.S. presidency. He dropped out of the Democratic primary, however, after reports surfaced that he had plagiarized part of a speech. Biden had been suffering severe headaches during the campaign, and shortly after he dropped out in 1988, doctors discovered that he had two life-threatening brain aneurysms. Complications from the ensuing brain surgery led to blood clots in his lungs, which, in turn, caused him to undergo another surgery. Always resilient, Biden returned to the Senate after surviving a seven-month recovery period.
In 2007, twenty years after his first unsuccessful presidential bid, Biden once again decided to run for the U.S. presidency. Despite his years of experience in the Senate, however, Biden's campaign failed to generate much momentum in a field dominated by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Biden dropped out after receiving less than one percent of the vote in the crucial Iowa caucuses. Several months later, though, Obama—having secured the Democratic nomination after a hard-fought campaign against Clinton—selected Biden as his running mate. With his working-class roots, Biden helped the Obama campaign communicate its message of economic recovery to the blue-collar voters crucial to swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.
On November 2, 2008, Barack Obama and Joe Biden convincingly defeated the Republican ticket of Senator John McCain and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. On January 20, 2009, Obama was sworn in as the 44th U.S. president and Biden became the 47th vice president. While Biden has mostly served in the role of behind-the-scenes adviser to the president, he has taken particularly active roles in formulating federal policies relating to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2010, the vice president used his well-established Senate connections to help secure passage of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation.
A long-tenured U.S. senator and vice president, Biden is unquestionably one of the most important political figures in recent history. While he very clearly coveted the presidency in the late 1980s and early 2000s, in recent years, Biden has seemed to relish the opportunity to play a crucial role in the historic Obama Administration. Following the 2008 election, Biden said, "This is an historic moment. I started my career fighting for civil rights, and to be a part of what is both a moment in American history where the best people, the best ideas, the how can I say it?—the single best reflection of the American people can be called upon—to be at that moment, with a guy who has such incredible talent and who is also a breakthrough figure in multiple ways—I genuinely find that exciting.
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