Joe Biden is the 46th President of the United States, having previously served as the 47th Vice President during the Obama administration. While running for President, Biden’s slogan was “Unite for a Better America”.
President Biden graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School before becoming a US senator at age 29. He remains one of the youngest people to have ever been elected to the Senate and is truly the definition of a career politician.
Shortly after the election, Biden’s wife and daughter were killed in a car crash that also seriously injured his two sons. In 2015, his eldest son, Beau, passed away after a battle with brain cancer. Despite the personal tragedy he has experienced throughout his life, President Biden has remained a staunch and professional senator.
He remained the senator for Delaware for 36 years, during which time he was instrumental in many important pieces of US legislation. These included spearheading the Violence Against Women Act and his role in foreign policy. His track record as a senator was also evident in his key policy campaigns during the presidential election.
During his time as the 47th Vice President, Biden was instrumental in the drafting of the Affordable Care Act. This was one of the most important (and divisive) pieces of legislation in recent memory, and reduced the number of uninsured Americans by 20 million.
Biden announced his run for President on April 25, 2019. Like many other Democratic candidates, Biden positioned himself as the logical opposition to Trump’s presidency, building his campaign policies around counteracting some of the more controversial points of the Trump administration. His call for unity as “One America” became even more important as the campaign went on and more and more social issues rose to prominence.
During his candidacy, it was highly suggested that the presidential frontrunner should choose a woman as their Vice President. In the end, Biden chose former presidential nominee Kamala Harris as his running mate. Together, the two formed a powerful team that campaigned on the most important issues currently facing the USA.
Biden’s campaign was notable for flipping key Republican states: Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, and more. He received more than 80 million votes, the most a presidential candidate has ever received. This eventually translated to 306 Electoral College votes, which was enough to secure him victory.
In 1977, Biden married Jill, to whom he is still married. They have a daughter together, Ashley, and Biden’s son Hunter from his previous marriage is a trained lawyer, having previously worked as an investment banker.