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Career

Government of the United States of America
20092017
47th Vice President of the United States Washington, District of Columbia USA
United States Senate
19732009
United States Senator from Delaware The Capitol, Washington, District of Columbia USA
Widener University School of Law
19912008
Adjunct Professor Wilmington, Delaware USA
New Castle County Council
19701972
County Councilman New Castle, Delaware USA
Biden & Walsh
1971
Attorney, partner Wilmington, Delaware USA
Office of the Public Defender
1969
Attorney Wilmington, Delaware USA
Law firm of Aerenson & Balick
1969
Attorney Wilmington, Delaware USA

Professional memberships

Delaware State Bar Association

Professional affiliations

2009–present
The Office of the President of the United States White House Task Force on Working Families / Washington, District of Columbis USA Chairman
20072009
110th Congress of the United States of America The United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Chairman
20012003
107th Congress of the United States of America The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Chairman
19971999
105th Congress of the United States of America The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Ranking Minority Member
19951997
104th Congress of the United States of America The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Minority Member
19931995
103rd Congress of the United States of America The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman
19911993
102nd Congress of the United States of America The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman
19891991
101sr Congress of the United States of America The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman
19871989
100th Congress of the United States of America The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman
19851987
99th Congress of the United States of America The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Minority Member
19831985
98th Congress of the United States of America The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Minority Member
19811983
97th Congress of the United States of America The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Minority Member

Accomplishments of note

2007
Author: Promises to Keep with Publisher: Random House
1972
Elected: United States Senator for Delaware at the age of 29

Professional honors and awards

2009
The Golden Medal of Freedom Award Republic of Kosovo Kosovo's highest state medal, for his continuous support of the country's independence in the late 1990s
2008
"Hilal-i-Pakistan" (Crescent of Pakistan) Government of Pakistan Shared with Republican Senator Richard Lugar in recognition of their consistent support for Pakistan
2004
National Leadership Award Coalition for Juvenile Justice
2002
Balkan Peace Award Albanian-American Civic League
2000
Senator of the Year National Association Police Organizations
1999
Silver Medal of Appreciation Czech Republic
1998
Friend of Zion Tribute Jerusalem Fund
1998
Spirit of Enterprise Award United States Chamber of Commerce

Community

Community service

2013–present
Syracuse University College of Law Syracuse, New York USA Honorary Member Board of Advisors

Community honors and awards

2016
Freedom of County Louth Republic of Ireland
2009
Named to Little League Hall of Excellence Little League Baseball
2008
Best of Congress Award Working Mother Magazine Improving the American quality of life through family-friendly work policies
2005
Harry S. Truman Award Democratic Leadership Council
2005
The George Arents Pioneer Medal Syracuse University Syracuse's highest alumni award—"for excellence in public affairs"
Inducted into the Delaware Volunteer Firemen's Association Hall of Fame Delaware Volunteer Firemen's Association
2003
Rail Spike Award Delmarva Rail Passenger Association
2002
Charles Dick Medal of Merit National Guard Association of the United States, Delaware Chapter
2002
Rail Leadership Award American Passenger Rail Coalition (APRC)
2001
Champion of the Rails AMTRAK
1974
The Chancellor's Medal Syracuse University Recognizes service to higher education and society
Nationality
American
Politics
Democrat
Denomination
Roman Catholic
Sports
Weightlifting, coaching his kids sports teams
Hobbies
Ping pong, disc golf, slip 'n sliding, role play, designing homes, sketching

Education

University
University of Delaware Newark, Delaware USA Bachelor of Arts History and Political Science 19611965
Clerkship
Law firm of Prickett, Ward, Burt & Sanders Wilmington, Delaware USA 1968 Six month law clerkship at the firm, established in 1888, headed by William Prickett
Law School
Syracuse University School of Law Syracuse, New York USA Juris Doctor Law 19651968
Native language
English
Certificate/License
Admitted to the Delaware Bar
Issued by
Supreme Court of the State of Delaware 19681978

Honorary Degrees

2013
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA Doctor of Laws
2009
Syracuse University Syracuse, New York USA Doctor of Laws
2005
Suffolk University Law School Boston, Massachusetts USA Doctor of Laws
2004
University of Delaware Newark, Delaware USA Doctor of Laws
2003
Emerson College Boston, Massachusetts USA
2000
Widener University School of Law Wilmington, Delaware USA Doctor of Laws
1981
St. Joseph's University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA Doctor of Laws
1976
University of Scranton Scranton, Pennsylvania USA

Family

Vital statistics

Birth information
November 20, 1942
Gender
Male
Place of birth
Scranton, Pennsylvania USA
Marital status
Married

Marriage

1977–present
Jill Tracy (Jacobs) Biden 1 child Ashley Blazer (Biden) KREIN (1981)
19661972
Neilia (Hunter) Biden  (1942 - 1972) 3 children Robert Hunter BIDEN (1970) Naomi Christina BIDEN (1971 - 1972) Joseph "Beau" BIDEN III (1969-2015)

Grandchildren & Great-grandchildren

Grandchildren
5 Naomi Biden, Finnegan Biden, Roberta Mabel Biden, Natalie Biden, Robert Hunter Biden

Parents

Father
Joseph Robinette BIDEN, Sr. (1915 - 2002)
Mother
Catherine Eugenia "Jean" (Finnegan) Biden (1917 - 2010)

Grandparents

Father's father
Joseph H. BIDEN (1893 - 1941)
Father's mother
Mary Elizabeth Robinette (Ball) Biden (1894 - 1943)
Mother's father
Ambrose Joseph FINNEGAN (1884 - NA)
Mother's mother
Geraldine Catharine (Blewitt) Finnegan (1887 - NA)

Ancestry

English, French and Irish