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Fast Facts You Need To Know About President Joe Biden

How well do you know about the 46th president of the United States? Here are the fast facts you need to know about the life of President-elect Joe Biden.

Joe Biden’s Personal Life

Birth Date: November 20, 1942
Birth Place: Scranton, Pennsylvania
Birth Name: Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.
Father: Joseph Robinette Biden Sr., car salesman
Mother: Catherine Eugenia (Finnegan) Biden
Marriages: Jill Biden (June 17, 1977-present); Neilia Biden (August 27, 1966-December 18, 1972, her death)
Children: with Jill Biden: Ashley; with Neilia Biden: Naomi Christina, Robert Hunter, Joseph Robinette “Beau” III
Education: University of Delaware, B.A., 1965; Syracuse University Law School, J.D., 1968
Religion: Roman Catholic

What is more?

  • Biden had a stuttering problem as a child
  • Biden’s son, Beau Biden, was the Attorney General of Delaware
  • Delaware’s longest-serving senator

Joe Biden’s Timeline

1968-1970 – Defense attorney for criminal cases in Wilmington, Delaware.
1970-1972  Serves on the New Castle County Council in Delaware.
1972 – Is first elected to the Senate at age 29, defeating Republican Senator J. Caleb Boggs. Wins re-election in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996 and 2002.
December 18, 1972  While Christmas shopping, Biden’s first wife, Neilia Hunter Biden, and daughter, Naomi Biden, are killed in a car accident. His sons are badly injured but survive.
January 5, 1973 – Is sworn in as US senator of Delaware at son Beau Biden’s bedside in the hospital.
1987-1995 – Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
June 9, 1987  Enters the 1988 presidential race, but drops out three months later following reports of plagiarism and false claims about his academic record.
February 1988  Undergoes surgery to repair an aneurysm in an artery that supplies blood to the brain.
January 20, 1990 – Introduces a bill that becomes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The act addresses sexual assault and domestic violence. It is signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994.
2001-2003 – Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
2002 – Votes to authorize military intervention in Iraq, but later becomes a vocal critic of the conflict.
2007-2009  Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
January 31, 2007  Files a statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission to run for president.
August 1, 2007  His memoir, “Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics,” is published.
January 3, 2008  Announces his withdrawal from the presidential race.
August 23, 2008  Is named the vice-presidential running mate of Barack Obama.
November 4, 2008  Is elected vice president of the United States.
January 15, 2009  Resigns from the US Senate.
January 20, 2009  Is sworn in as vice president of the United States.
February 7, 2009  Delivers his first major speech as vice president at a security conference in Germany.
September 1, 2010  Presides over a ceremony in Iraq to formally mark the end of the US combat mission in Iraq.
November 6, 2012 – Obama and Biden are reelected, defeating Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
January 20, 2013  Is sworn in for his second term as vice president of the United States.
October 2, 2014 – Speaking at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Biden tells attendees that ISIS has been inadvertently strengthened by actions taken by Turkey, the UAE and other Middle Eastern allies to help opposition groups fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
October 4, 2014 – Biden speaks by telephone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding remarks made at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He apologizes “for any implication that Turkey or other allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of ISIL or other violent extremists in Syria.”
May 30, 2015 – Biden’s eldest son, Beau Biden, passes away from brain cancer at age 46.
October 21, 2015 – Says he will not seek the presidency, announcing that the window for a successful campaign “has closed.”
December 6, 2016 – Doesn’t rule out running for president in 2020, saying “I’m not committing not to run. I’m not committing to anything. I learned a long time ago fate has a strange way of intervening.”
January 12, 2017 – Obama surprises Biden by presenting him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during a White House ceremony.
February 1, 2017 – Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, launched the Biden Foundation, an organization that will work on seven issues: foreign policy; Biden’s cancer initiative; community colleges and military families; protecting children; equality; ending violence against women, and strengthening the middle class.
February 7, 2017 – Is named the Benjamin Franklin presidential practice professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he will lead the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. He will also serve as the founding chair of the University of Delaware’s Biden Institute, the university announces.
March 1, 2017 – Biden receives the Congressional Patriot Award from the Bipartisan Policy Center. He receives the honor in recognition of his work crafting bipartisan legislation with Republicans and Democrats.
November 14, 2017 – Biden’s memoir, “Promise Me Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” is published.
March 26, 2019 – At an event in New York, Biden says that Anita Hill “paid a terrible price” when she testified in 1991 that she had been sexually harassed by now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, adding that he regrets he didn’t give Hill the “hearing she deserved.” As the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman at that time, Biden presided over Thomas’ confirmation hearings.
March 29, 2019 – Lucy Flores, the former Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Nevada, makes allegations against Biden in an essay for The Cut, an arm of New York magazine, writing that Biden made her feel “uneasy, gross, and confused” in 2014 when, at a campaign rally in Nevada, she says he kissed her on the back of the head.
March 31, 2019 – “In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort,” Joe Biden says in a statement. “And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.”
April 3, 2019 – Biden releases a video on Twitter, saying that he will be “more mindful about respecting personal space in the future.” The video comes in the wake of multiple allegations he made women feel uncomfortable in their encounters, including a woman claiming Biden made her feel uncomfortable at a 2009 Connecticut fundraiser. Two additional women, including Alexandra “Tara” Reade, also told the New York Times that Biden made them feel uneasy by the way he touched them.
April 25, 2019 – Announces he is running for president in a campaign video posted to social media. Hours later, the Biden Foundation board chair, Ted Kaufman, announces the immediate suspension of all the organization’s operations.
June 6, 2019 – Biden announces that he has changed his mind on the Hyde Amendment, dropping his long-held support for a measure that blocks federal funds for most abortions. He says his decision was driven by a wave of state laws restricting the procedure.
October 23, 2019 – Biden’s campaign signals that it is dropping its objection to the creation of an outside group to defend against attacks from President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.
March 25, 2020 – Reade says on a podcast that Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993 while she was an aide in his Senate office.
May 1, 2020 – During an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Biden denies allegations made by Reade that he sexually assaulted her, stating “I am saying unequivocally. It never happened, and it didn’t.” Biden’s campaign also releases a 21-paragraph statement addressing the allegations. Biden also sends a letter to the secretary of the Senate requesting the release of any documents related to a sexual assault allegation made by Reade.
August 11, 2020 – Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, names Kamala Harris as his running mate.
November 7, 2020 – Days after the election on November 3, Joe Biden is elected as the 46th president of the United States.
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