|Vice President of the United States|
|Years in position||5|
|United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary|
|U.S. Senator from Delaware|
|High school||Archmere Academy|
|Bachelor's||University of Delaware (1965)|
|J.D.||Syracuse University Law School (1968)|
|Birthday||November 20, 1942|
|Place of birth||Scranton, Pennsylvania|
Biden began his career in politics serving on the New Castle, Delaware county council in 1970 before defeating incumbent senator, J. Caleb Boggs (R), for his seat in the United States Senate. Biden was a candidate in the 1988 Democratic primary for the presidency. He withdrew his candidacy in 1987 after he was found plagiarizing speeches from other politicians.
Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, but when he was 13 years old, the family moved to Mayfield, Delaware. He attended St. Helena School before gaining acceptance to the Archmere Academy for whom he worked odd jobs to help his family pay tuition. Biden then graduated from the University of Delaware before earning his law degree from the Syracuse University Law School in 1968.
- 1965: Graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in history and political science
- 1968: Earned law degree from Syracuse University Law School
- 1968-1970: Defense attorney in Wilmington, Delaware
- 1970-1972: New Castle County Council member
- 1973-2009: United States Senator representing Delaware
- 2009-Present: United States Vice President under Barack Obama
Biden has hinted that he is considering a run for president in 2016 in several interviews. In July 2013, Biden said, "I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America, but it doesn't mean I won't run." Biden later said in an interview on February 7, 2014, "There’s no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run."
President Barack Obama commented on Biden and Hillary Clinton when asked to compare them, stating, "both Hillary and Joe would make outstanding presidents, and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents." Fourteen vice presidents have become president, but only four were directly elected after serving as vice president.
Biden is known, in part, for his public speaking slip-ups, or what some have called "Joe being Joe" or "Bidenisms."
The following is a list of some of Biden's gaffes during the 2016 election cycle.
- On September 16, 2014, Biden made reference to "Shylocks" giving military families bad loans during a speech. He apologized the following day, calling it a "poor choice of words."
- On September 17, 2014, the day he apologized for including "Shylocks" in a speech, Biden referred to Asia as "the Orient" during a speech in Iowa.
- On September 19, 2014, Biden reminisced about working alongside former Sen. Bob Packwood (R-OR) at a women's conference. Packwood resigned from the Senate in 1995 after allegations of sexual advances and assaults on women arose.
- On October 2, 2014, he suggested in a Q&A at Harvard that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey assisted extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, including ISIS. He apologized to officials from all three countries.
Public opinion polls
2012 Vice Presidency
|U.S. presidential election, 2012|
|Party||Candidate||Vote %||Votes||Electoral votes|
|Democratic||Barack Obama/Joe Biden Incumbent||51.3%||65,899,660||332|
|Republican||Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan||47.4%||60,932,152||206|
|Libertarian||Gary Johnson/Jim Gray||1%||1,275,804||0|
|Green||Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala||0.4%||469,501||0|
|Election Results Via: FEC official election results|
Other candidates that appeared on the ballot received less than 0.1% of the vote. Those candidates included: Roseanne Barr, Rocky Anderson, Thomas Hoefling, Jerry Litzel, Jeff Boss, Merlin Miller, Randall Terry, Jill Reed, Richard Duncan, Andre Barnett, Chuck Baldwin, Barbara Washer, Tom Stevens, Virgil Goode, Will Christensen, Stewart Alexander, James Harris, Jim Carlson, Sheila Tittle, Peta Lindsay, Gloria La Riva, Jerry White, Dean Morstad and Jack Fellure.
2008 Vice Presidency
Biden won the 2008 election as vice president of the United States on a ticket with Barack Obama.
|U.S. presidential election, 2008|
|Party||Candidate||Vote %||Votes||Electoral votes|
|Democratic||Barack Obama/Joe Biden||53%||69,498,516||365|
|Republican||John McCain/Sarah Palin||45.7%||59,948,323||173|
|Peace and Freedom||Ralph Nader/Matt Gonzalez||0.6%||739,034||0|
|Libertarian||Bob Barr/Wayne Allyn Root||0.4%||523,715||0|
|Constitution||Chuck Baldwin/Darrell Castle||0.2%||199,750||0|
|Green||Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente||0.1%||161,797||0|
|Election Results Via: Archives.gov official election results|
Other candidates that appeared on the ballot received less than 0.1% of the vote. Those candidates included: Alan Keyes, Ron Paul, Gloria La Riva, Brian Moore, Roger Calero, Richard Duncan, James Harris, Charles Jay, John Joseph Polachek, Frank Edward McEnulty, Jeffrey J. Wamboldt, Thomas Robert Stevens, Gene C. Amondson, Jeffrey Jeff Boss, George Phillies, Ted Weill, Jonathan E. Allen and Bradford Lyttle.
To view the full congressional electoral history for Joe Biden, click [show] to expand the section.
Biden told the White House's Working Summit on Working Families that he was the "poorest man in Congress" in June 2014. He went on, "Don't hold against me that I don't own — that I don't own a single stock or bond. Don't hold it — I have no savings accounts. But I got a great pension, and I got a good salary." Biden's 2013 tax returns show that he and his wife, Jill, reported an income of $407,099. A financial disclosure form shows that he has some money in savings, but that all accounts contain less than $15,000.
Based on executive branch financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Biden's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $39,028.00 and $805,996.00. That averages $422,512.00, which is the 21st highest in the executive branch.
Biden married Neilia Hunter in 1966 with whom he had three children. In December of 1972, Hunter and their only daughter were killed in a car accident that also critically injured their two sons. Biden was sworn into his first term in office by his sons' hospital beds in January 1973. He re-married in 1977 to Jill Jacobs, with whom Biden has a daughter. Biden's son, Beau Biden, is the Delaware Attorney General. His other son, Hunter, was appointed to the board of Burisma Holdings, Ukraine's largest private natural gas firm in May 2014.
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|Vice President of the United States
| Succeeded by|
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| Succeeded by|
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