Joe Biden is an American politician who served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a United States Senator for Delaware from 1973 to 2009. Biden is the Democratic presidential nominee for the 2020 election, running against the incumbent, Donald Trump.
12 facts about Joe Biden (US election 2020 nominee):
1. Started as a class president:
Academically, he was a poor student but was considered a natural leader among the students. During his junior and senior years at Archmere Academy, a Catholic prep school, he was elected class president.
2. Has a Stutter:
Biden has a stutter, which was more prominent in his childhood and his early twenties. He says he has helped to reduce it by spending many hours reciting poetry in front of a mirror, but it sometimes resurfaces “on occasions such as when he is very tired”. It has been suggested that this has affected his performance in Democratic debates during his 2020 campaign for the presidency.
3. First wife Neilia Hunter:
He met his future wife, Neilia Hunter, on spring break in the Bahamas during his junior year of college. On the couple’s second date, Joe didn’t have enough money to pay the bill at the restaurant. Neilia slipped him a $20 under the table.
When he first met Neilia’s mother, she asked what he wanted to do for a living. Biden informed her he intended to become president of the United States.
On August 27, 1966, while enrolled as a student at the Syracuse University College of Law, Joe Biden married Neilia Hunter. They overcame her parents’ reluctance for her to wed a Roman Catholic, and the ceremony was held in a Catholic church in Skaneateles, New York. They had three children, Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III in 1969, Robert Hunter in 1970, and Naomi Christina in 1971.
4. Death of Neilia Hunter:
Joe Biden’s wife Neilia and their one-year-old daughter Naomi were killed in an automobile accident while Christmas shopping in Hockessin, Delaware. This happened on December 18, 1972, a few weeks after the election.
Neilia Biden’s station wagon was hit by a tractor-trailer truck carrying corn cobs as she pulled out from an intersection. Biden’s sons Beau and Hunter survived the accident and were taken to the hospital in fair condition, Beau with a broken leg and other wounds, and Hunter with a minor skull fracture and other head injuries.
5. Joe Biden’s second wife:
Joe Biden married to Dr. Jill Biden, Former Second Lady of the United States and educator in 1977. Their daughter Ashley Blazer Biden (b. 1981), became a social worker and staffer at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families.
6. A lawyer by profession:
Biden graduated from Syracuse with a law degree in 1968, ranked 76th in a law school class of 85. He later said he found law school “the biggest bore in the world,” and was admitted to the Delaware bar in 1969.
During his first year at Syracuse, Biden was accused of plagiarizing five of fifteen pages of a law review article. He said it was inadvertent, and that he did not know the proper rules of citation. As a result, Biden failed the course and had to retake it; the plagiarism incident resurfaced in 1987 during his first run for president.
7. 5th youngest person in the US Senate:
In 1972, at 29, he defeated incumbent Republican Senator Cale Boggs, becoming the fifth-youngest person ever elected to the U.S. Sen.
8. Nick name “Amtrak Joe”:
To be at home every day for his young sons, Joe Biden began commuting every day by Amtrak train 90 minutes each way from his home in the Wilmington suburbs to Washington, D.C., which he continued to do throughout his Senate career. This lasted over 36 years, and earned him the nickname “Amtrak Joe”. In the accident’s aftermath, he had trouble focusing on work and appeared to just go through the motions of being a senator.
9. Joe Biden Vice President:
The vice presidency of Joe Biden lasted from 2009 to 2017, during the Barack Obama administration. Joe Biden was the 47th Vice President of the United States, being twice elected alongside Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.
10. Crafted criminal laws in US:
Joe Biden was involved in crafting many federal crime laws. He spearheaded the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, also known as the 1994 Crime Bill, or the Biden Crime Law, which included the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which expired in 2004 after its ten-year sunset period and was not renewed. It also included the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which contains a broad array of measures to combat domestic violence.
11. Joe Biden net worth:
With a net worth between $59,000 and $366,000, and almost no outside income or investment income, Joe Biden was consistently ranked one of the least wealthy members of the Senate. Biden said he was listed as the second-poorest member in Congress and was not proud of the distinction, but attributed it to having been elected early in his career.
12. US Election 2020:
Media outlets often mentioned Biden as a likely candidate for president in 2020. When asked if he would run, he gave varied and ambivalent answers, saying “never say never.” few days later, he said, “I’ll run if I can walk.” A political action committee known as Time for Biden was formed in January 2018, seeking Biden’s entry into the race.
With the suspension of Sanders’s campaign on April 8, 2020, Biden became the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for the presidential election. On April 13, Sanders endorsed Biden in a live-streamed discussion from their homes. Former President Barack Obama endorsed Biden the next day.
If elected in November, Biden, now 77, would be the oldest president ever inaugurated.