Profile of Joe Biden
He attended the University of Delaware where he double majored in
I'm Jim Flink for About.com and we're profiling American politician and Vice President of the United States Joe Biden.Born in 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Biden was born into a working class Irish-Catholic family. He attended the University of Delaware where he double majored in history and political science. He later went to law school at Syracuse University.Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972 when he was just 29 years old, one of the youngest ever elected. But just more than a month after being elected, his first wife Neilia Hunter and his only daughter Naomi were killed instantly in a car accident. His two sons were critically injured, both under 3 years old. He was sworn into the Senate while at the bedside of his two sons. After the tragedy Biden started commuting from Pennsylvania to D.C. via Amtrak, a practice he continues to this day. Five years later, Biden, in 1977, Biden married Jill Jacobs. The two had one child together, Ashley, who's now a lawyer. Biden's son Beau serves as Delaware's Attorney General. Mr. Biden also has five grandchildren.Biden served in the Senate for more than 35 years, shaping U.S. foreign policy. He's described as a moderate Democrat, and not afraid to speak his mind. Despite at times being off the cuff, he's well respected and distinguished. He was one of the most respected voices on foreign policy. He's known for his negotiating skills and served as chair or co-chair of seven different Senate committees. Biden is an authority on civil liberties, crime and college aid programs.Twenty years after a failed presidential bid in 1988, in 2008, Barack Obama named Biden as his vice presidential running mate. In January of 2009, Biden was sworn in as the Vice President. As the 47th Vice President of the United States, among other things, Biden is working on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He's also been assisting President Obama with foreign policy.Thanks for watching our profile of Joe Biden. For more information, go to About.com.
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