Joe Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and moved to Claymont, Delaware when he was 10 years old. Biden attended the University of Delaware, where he double majored in history and political science. After he graduated, he attended Syracuse University to pursue a law degree. Joe married Neilia Hunter in 1966 and started a family with three beautiful children. He worked as a part time public defender while also practicing law at a firm in Wilmington. Joe won his very first campaign by 2,000 votes for the New Castle County Council. Joe then became one of the youngest people ever elected into the Senate. However, soon after tragedy hit as his wife Neilia and daughter Naiomi were killed in a car accident and his other two sons were critically injured. Joe would make a 120 mile commute from Wilmington to Washington everyday throughout his time as Senate. For the next 5 years he raised his two sons as a single father, taking long train and car rides between home and work in order to take care of his family.
In the year of 1977 Joe married Jill Jacobs, and they completed their family with the birth of Ashley Blazer. To begin his decades-long leadership on nuclear arms control, he led a delegation of senators to meet with Kremlin officials in Moscow. During this meeting they presented the U.S. conditions for the ratification of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks- SALT II. It has always been Joe’s mission to protect the American people and prevent an unchecked nuclear arms race. Joe was also an important part in the approval of the START Treaty with Russia which led to the all time lowest levels of deployed strategic nuclear weapons between the two countries. Even before climate change was a mainstream issue, Joe introduced the Global Climate Protection Act in order to protect the environment. He organized rallies and hearings to build awareness and address climate change.
For 16 years Joe was the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is widely recognized for the writing and start of the Violence Against Women Act. This act criminalizes violence against women, creates resources for survivors of assault and changed the national dialogue of domestic and sexual assault. In 1993 Joe took on the National Rifle Association and secured the passage on the Brady Background Check Bill. In 1994, Joe then secured the passage of bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. Joe was the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 12 years, giving him a crucial role shaping our nation’s foreign policy. He worked towards ending racial segregation, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction.
Joe Biden then becomes the Vice President for President Barack Obama. During this time, President Obama and Vice President Biden pass and oversee the largest recovery plan in history, the Recovery Act. This plan created millions of jobs, and led to 75 uninterrupted months of job growth. In addition, they also secured the passage of the Affordable Care Act which provided millions of American with health care and banned insurances to deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions. Joe also vocally supports mariage equality and the LGBTQ community. He also expressed his early support for the Equality Act. After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Joe took more than two dozen actions in order to make our schools and communities more safe. He improved the gun background check system and even narrowed the gun show loophole. Joe was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction from President Obama, which is the nation’s highest civilian honor.
After Joe Biden left the White House, he continued to expand opportunities with the Biden foundation, the Biden Cancer Initiative, the Penn Biden Center of Diplomacy and Global Engagement, and the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware. From the very beginning, Joe Biden has done everything in his power to protect the people of America, create equality, and create peace.
Now it is our turn, we have the power to determine the future of America for the next four years, and Joe Biden needs our vote.