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}}{{tnr}}'''Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III''' (born February 3, 1969, in Wilmington, [[Delaware]]) is the current [[Democratic]] [[Delaware Attorney General|Attorney General of Delaware]]. He is the son of former-United States Senator and current Vice President [[Joseph R. Biden, Jr.]]
}}{{tnr}}'''Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III''' (born February 3, 1969, in Wilmington, [[Delaware]]) is the current [[Democratic]] [[Delaware Attorney General|Attorney General of Delaware]]. He is the son of former-United States Senator and current Vice President [[Joseph R. Biden, Jr.]].<ref name="Beau Bio"/>

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Joseph R. "Beau" Biden, III
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Attorney General of Delaware
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorCarl Danberg (D)
Base salary$137,425
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolArchmere Academy
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pennsylvania
J.D.Syracuse University College of Law
BirthdayFebruary 3, 1969
Place of birthWilmington, Delaware
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Personal website
Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III (born February 3, 1969, in Wilmington, Delaware) is the current Democratic Attorney General of Delaware. He is the son of former-United States Senator and current Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr..[1]


Delaware's 44th Attorney General was born and raised in Delaware. Tragedy struck the Biden family early in Beau's life, when he and his brother Hunter were badly injured in the automobile accident in 1972 that claimed the lives of their mother, Neilia, and younger sister, Naomi Christina Biden.

Biden received his J.D. from Syracuse University's College of Law. He forfeited opportunities to enter the private sector immediately following graduation in favor of a two year clerkship for the United States District Court in New Hampshire. Biden then moved to Philadelphia, where he had previously lived as an undergraduate attending University of Pennsylvania, to join the United States Department of Justice. There, he served as Counsel in the Office of Policy Development, specializing in gun control and women's rights laws, as well as issues related to child protection.[1]

Biden became a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office in 1997, and he remained there until 2004, when he returned to the private sector as a partner in the Wilmington-based law firm of Bifferato, Gentilotti, Biden & Black.[1]

In August 2003, he was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in Delaware's National Guard’s 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, and his unit was activated for a 12 month deployment to Iraq in October 2008, right before his father was elected to the Vice Presidency. Biden, now a major in the Delaware Army National Guard's Judge Advocate General's Corps, returned from Iraq in late 2009.

Biden has served on the boards of directors for the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, Wilmington Housing Partnership, and World Affairs Council of Wilmington.


  • Graduated from Archmere Academy
  • Bachelor's degree, University of Pennsylvania
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Syracuse University College of Law

Political career

Attorney General (2007-Present)

Biden took office as Delaware's 44th Attorney General in January 2007.[2]

Prison criticism

Upon his return from his active tour of duty in Iraq, Biden found his office in the midst of a startling prison scandal and conducting damage control in the form of silencing his office's critics. The controversy began when Dover attorney Steve Hampton, who had taken on a number of inmate's cases in several scandals that occurred within the state of Delaware's prison system, successfully sued the Department of Corrections (DOC) for 'gross medical neglect' in the death of twenty-two year old Anthony Pierce. Pierce, an inmate at the Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI), was known as the 'brother with two heads' because of the massive brain tumor growing on his head. The tumor, which was left untreated by the prison medical staff, eventually killed him in 2002.

A series of investigations conducted on behalf of the Caesar Rodney Institute, called "Rogue Force", revealed ongoing problems with the prison medical care, in addition to accusations of physical abuse by a handful of guards at SCI. “There is an abusive atmosphere at SCI that permeates the whole place,” Hampton told the Caesar Rodney Institute for the series. “They have a hands-off attitude about the number of use-of-force incidents. It just isn’t important to them." Depositions obtained by Hampton from several guards at the Delaware prison facility while investigating an assault of a prison inmate named David Kalm "revealed that the DOC is breaking its promise to the federal government, in which it agreed to provide specific training to the guard force, as part of the federal Memorandum of Agreement between the DOC and the U.S. Department of Justice." [3] The DOC signed the agreement in 2005 rather than risk litigation in federal court, following another case of poor medical care. Lawmakers appealed for federal investigation of the state’s prison system.

Senate candidacy

At one point in the wake of the Democratic victory for senator Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the 2008 presidential election, Beau was considered the frontrunner to fill the vacancy in the United States Senate left behind by his father. However, either due to concerns over accusations of nepotism or an expressed unwillingness to be thrust onto the national political stage so quickly, Beau took his name out of the running and opted instead to fulfill his duties in the Delaware National Guard. [4]

The appointment of Ted Kaufmann, a long-time Joe Biden aide, as interim senator and his declaration not to run for election to the office in November 2010 angered not only Republicans, both statewide and nationally, but Democrats as well who "viewed it as an attempt to orchestrate Biden's election in 2010." [5] Harry F. Themal, columnist for The News Journal, related a conversation he had with the Vice President suggesting he was asked to pressure Biden's son to run for his United States Senate seat. [6] Shortly thereafter, the vice president's office demanded a correction insisting "that he told Themal to get Kaufman to run for the seat," despite the interim senator's earlier declaration that he would not. [7] This fueled speculation that Biden's son was not going to run. The next day, those speculations were confirmed when "the younger Biden told supporters in an email Monday that he will run for re-election as attorney general rather than seek the Democratic nomination for Senate." [8]

The same day as Beau Biden's announcement, Robert Cook, an American political analyst, immediately designated the Delaware Senate seat as Solid Republican for the November 2010 midterm election. [9]



See also: Delaware Attorney General election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary and General Election
    • Beau Biden ran unopposed in both these contests


  • 2006 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
    • Beau Biden ran unopposed in this contest
2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election [10]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Beau Biden 52.6%
     Republican Party Ferris Wharton 47.4%
Total Votes 253,214

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Contact Information


Capitol Address:
102 W. Water Street
Dover, DE 19904

Criminal Division: 302-739-4211
Civil Division: 302-739-7641
Toll Free Phone: 302-739-1545
Fax: 302-739-7652
E-mail: Attorney.General@State.DE.US

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Biden currently resides in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife, Hallie, and their two children - Natalie and Hunter. He is also a practicing Roman Catholic.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carl Danberg (D)
Delaware Attorney General
Succeeded by