Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., was born on November 20th, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The oldest of four siblings, Biden graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School. He served on the New Castle County Council before becoming one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate at the age of 29.
Biden served in the Senate for 36 years, working across domestic and international issues. He was the Chairman or senior Democrat of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, where his work on criminal justice issues included the landmark 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act. In his role as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he helped shape U.S. foreign policy on counterterrorism and curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction. In addition, Senator Biden played an instrumental role in strengthening America’s relationship with post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.
Since being sworn into office as the 47th vice president of the United States on January 20th, 2009, his work has been key to many of the Obama administration’s major foreign and domestic policy initiatives, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, support for the middle class, college affordability, and revitalizing America’s manufacturing base.
Drawing on his years of foreign policy experience, the Vice President advises the President on a range of international issues. In 2010, he worked with Senate leaders to secure their approval of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. Vice President Biden played a key role in bringing about a responsible end to the war in Iraq, traveling to the country eight times since 2009—most recently in December 2011 to mark the end of U.S. combat operations.
Over the past four years, the Vice President has represented our country in every region of the world:
Advancing U.S. support for Israel’s security
Securing European support for the Obama administration’s approach to missile defense
Working with Latin American leaders to combat drug trafficking and international crime
Building relationships with key leaders in Africa
Reestablishing our leadership in the Asia-Pacific region
The Vice President’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, teaches English at a Virginia community college. The Bidens have three children and five grandchildren.