Joe Biden Fast Facts

Here is a look at the life of Vice President Joe Biden.

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 (Jacobs) Biden (June 17, 1977-present); Neilia (Hunter) Biden (August 27, 1966-December 18, 1972, her death)
    Children: with Jill (Jacobs) Biden: Ashley; with Neilia (Hunter) 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
    Other Facts:
    Had a stuttering problem as a child.
    Biden's son Beau was the Attorney General of Delaware.
    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, 2002 and 2008.
    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 Beau and Hunter are badly injured, but survive.
    January 5, 1973 - Is sworn in as U.S. senator to Delaware at son Beau'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.
    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 - Releases his memoir, "Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics."
    January 3, 2008 - Announces his withdrawal from the presidential race.
    November 4, 2008 - Is elected vice president of the United States.
    January 15, 2009 - Resigns from the Senate.
    January 20, 2009 - Is sworn in as vice president of the United States.
    February 7, 2009 - Delivers 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 U.S. combat mission in Iraq.
    November 6, 2012 - Barack Obama and Biden are re-elected president and vice president of the United States, 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 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."