Timeline of Joe Biden, 46th president of the United States. Overview of his political career and achievements throughout his life.
20 November 1942
The Birth of Joe Biden
Joe Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Joseph Robinette Biden Sr. and Catherine Eugenia Finnegan. Biden was the first of four siblings. He is from an Irish Catholic family that originated in Derry, Ireland. Biden has two brothers and a sister. Edward F. Blewitt, Biden’s His great-grandfather, was once a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate.
1 September 1957
👨🏻🎓 Biden's Archmere Academy Years
Joe Biden attended Archmere Academy in Claymont. He was a skilled and popular halfback/wide receiver on the high school’s football team. In his final year, Biden helped the team to move from a perennially losing squad to an undefeated season.
1 September 1961
Biden at the University of Delaware
From 1961 to 1965, Biden attended the University of Delaware in Newark. At this university, he spent more time being involved in sports and socializing than he did in studying. He was still able to do well due to his “cramming” abilities.
27 August 1966
Joe Biden Weds Neila Hunter
Biden and Hunter met in 1964 while on spring break in the Bahamas. Her parent was initially reluctant to Hunter and Biden’s relationship, but Biden eventually won their confidence. On August 27, 1966, Biden and Neila Hunter got married. Biden was a law student at the time and Hunter came from a wealthy background in Skaneateles, New York. Hunter was a student at Syracuse University.
1 May 1968
Joe Biden receives Juris Doctor
Biden moved on from the University of Delaware to receive his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law in 1968. According to Joe Biden, the experience at the university was exceedingly boring. In order to pull through, Biden had to pull many all-nighters.
7 November 1972
Joe Biden Becomes a US Senator
Biden practiced law in Wilmington, Delaware. He was a public defender at first and then he started his own firm, Biden, and Walsh. Neither corporate law nor criminal law kept Biden’s attention for long. He decided to run as a Democrat for the New Castle County Council and won by a large margin in the region that was typically a Republican district. He served from 1970 to 1972 and then won the U.S. Senate election in 1972.
18 December 1972
Joe Biden’s Wife and Daughter Die in a Car Accident
A few weeks after his election to the Senate, Biden’s wife and daughter died in a car crash while they were shopping for Christmas in Hockessin, Delaware. His daughter was only one year old.
3 January 1973
Joe Biden Serves as US Senator
Biden was the sixth youngest senator in the history of the United States of America. He joined the Senate at age 30, which is the minimum age to serve as a U.S. Senator. He went on to be a part of the Senate from January 3, 1973, to January 20, 2009.
17 June 1977
Joe Biden Remarries
Biden met Jill Tracy Jacobs on a blind date with his brother’s help. Interestingly, Biden had already noticed her in a local advertisement. Biden later shared that Jacobs helped to renew his interest in politics and life. They got married on June 17, 1977. Jill Tracy Jacobs grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. She became a teacher in Delaware.
1 January 1981
Joe Biden Becomes US Senate Committee Chair on the Judiciary
Biden was a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary for a long time. He chaired the committee from 1987 until 1995. He also served the committee as ranking minority member from 1981 to 1987. He did another stint in this capacity from 1995 to 1997.
9 June 1987
Biden Announces Candidacy for Presidential Race - June 9, 1987
At age 44, Biden announced his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on June 9, 1987. By this time, he had already served in the Senate for 14 years. This run was short-lived as it was floored by a video from the Dukakis campaign that revealed that Biden had plagiarized from Neil Kinnock, a British Labor Party leader.
20 January 2009
Joe Biden Becomes the 47th Vice President of America
On January 20, 2009, Joe Biden became the 47th Vice President of the United States of America. He served under the presidency of Barack Obama, the first African American president of the United States of America.
6 November 2012
Obama and Biden Reelected for a 2nd Term
With many considering Obama and Biden a political dynamic duo, the citizens of America voted for them to serve another term. Their victory meant the defeat of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
30 May 2015
Biden Loses Eldest Son
Biden has had a long history of losing loved ones. Unfortunately, on May 30, 2015, Biden’s eldest son, Beau Biden, died at age 46 from brain cancer.
21 October 2015
Biden Declares That He Will Not Run for Presidency
12 January 2017
Biden Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom
Biden was greatly surprised during a White House ceremony when Obama announced that he would be presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor.
1 February 2017
Joe and Jill Biden Launches the Biden Foundation - February 1, 2017
On February 1, 2017, Joe Biden and his wife launched the Biden Foundation. This foundation focuses on seven issues. These are foreign policy, Biden's cancer initiative, community colleges and military families, protecting children, equality, ending violence against women, and strengthening the middle class.
25 April 2019
Biden Announces His Campaign for Presidency
In a campaign video released on social media, Biden announced that he will be running for the president of the United States of America. Shortly after this was announced, the Biden foundation’s chairman announced the suspension of the foundation’s operations. The race between Biden and Donald Trump has started.
To lead America, you have to understand America.
I know how hard it is for folks who are sick, struggling, and wondering how they'll get through the day.
You deserve a president who will fight for you and lead our nation out of these crises. I'll get started on day one. pic.twitter.com/evrWlwqhh1
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 27, 2020
11 September 2020
Biden Names Kamala Harris as His Running Mate
Biden announced that he will be working along with Kamala Harris as his running mate. This grabbed the attention of many. Although Kamala Harris is not the first female vice-presidential nominee, it does send a serious message about Biden’s consideration of minorities in America.
7 November 2020
On 7th november Joe Biden's became president-elect.