- NAME: Joe Biden
- OCCUPATION: U.S. Vice President, U.S. Representative
- BIRTH DATE: November 20, 1942 (Age: 71)
- EDUCATION: University of Delaware, Syracuse University Law School, St. Helena School, St. Paul's Elementary School, Archmere Academy
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Scranton, Pennsylvania
- Full Name: Jospeh Robinette Biden Jr.
- AKA: Joe Biden
- AKA: Jospeh Robinette Biden
- AKA: Jospeh 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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Running for re-election in 2012, the Obama-Biden team faced Republican challenger Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, and Romney's vice-presidential running mate, U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Obama defeated Romney in the 2012 election,
earning a second term as president and Biden another term as vice president. President Obama received nearly 60 percent of the electoral vote, and won the popular vote by more than 1 million ballots.
Later that year, Biden showed just how influential a vice president he could be. He was instrumental in achieving a bipartisan agreement on tax increases and spending cuts to avoid the fiscal cliff crisis. With a looming deadline, Biden was able to hammer out a deal with noted Republican and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell. On January 1, 2013, the fiscal cliff bill passed in the Senate after months of tough negotiations. The House of Representatives approved it later that day.
Around this time, Biden also became a leading figure in the national debate about gun control. He was selected to head up a special task force on the issue after the school shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school that December. Biden delivered solutions for reducing gun violence across the nation to President Obama in January 2013. He helped craft 19 actions that the president could take on the issue using his power of executive order among other recommendations.
Biden has been married to his second wife, Jill Biden, since 1977. The couple's daughter, Ashley, was born in 1981.
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