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Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was born on November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His family was Catholic of predominantly Irish descend. Biden's father had suffered several financial setbacks by the time his son was born but later became a successful used car salesman. Negative impressions of drinking alcohol in family and in the neighborhood led Biden to be a non-drinker.

While studying at Archmere Academy in Claymont, DE, Biden was a poor student but a natural leader among the students. He was elected class president during junior and senior years. Biden earned his bachelor's degree in 1965 from the University of Delaware with a double major in history and political science. He received student draft deferments but classified as unavailable for service due to a history of asthma.

On August 27, 1966, while still a law student, Biden married Neilia Hunter. She was from an affluent background in Skaneateles, New York. In 1968-1969, Biden practiced law in Wilmington and registered as a Democrat. Corporate law did not appeal to him, criminal law did not pay well, so he supplemented his income by managing properties.

In 1969, Biden ran and won elections to represent the 4th district on the New Castle County Council with a liberal platform that included support for public housing. In 1972 he ran U.S. Senate election in Delaware with almost no money and no chance of winning when no other Democrat wanted to run against a Republican candidate. Biden won the election. His campaign focused on withdrawal from Vietnam, the environment, civil rights, mass transit, equitable taxation, health care, and political "Change".

Few weeks after the election, Biden's wife and one-year-old daughter Naomi were killed in an automobile accident while Christmas shopping in Hockessin, Delaware. Biden's sons Beau and Hunter survived the accident and were taken to the hospital in fair condition. Biden considered resigning to care for sons, but Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield persuaded him not to. At age 30 (the minimum age required to hold the office), Biden became the sixth-youngest senator in U.S. history, and one of only 18 who took office before turning 31. Biden was re-elected to six more Senate terms, in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, and 2008, usually getting about 60% of the vote. With a net worth between $59,000 and $366,000, and almost no outside income or investment income, Biden was consistently ranked one of the least wealthy members of the Senate.

A single father for five years, he left standing orders that he be interrupted in the Senate at any time if his sons called. In remembrance of his wife and daughter, Biden does not work on December 18, the anniversary of the accident. In 1975, Biden met his second wife Jill Tracy Jacobs, who had grown up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and would become a teacher in Delaware. Biden credits her with renewing his interest in both politics and life. They have one daughter together.

Biden ran for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, was considered as a strong candidate, and could become the youngest president since John F. Kennedy. He raised $1.7 million in the first quarter of 1987, more than any other candidate but his political messaging was confused due to staff rivalries and plagiarism accusations fueled by the Dukakis campaign. In 1988, Biden suffered two brain aneurysms and had surgery with a high risk of long-term impact on brain functionality.

During his 2007 Presidential campaign, he failed to gain traction against the high-profile candidacies of Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton. Shortly following withdrawal from the presidential race, Obama announced that Biden would be his running mate. On November 4, 2008, Obama was elected president and Biden was elected vice president.

He launched his 2020 Presidential campaign on April 25, 2019. He chose Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as his campaign headquarters. With the suspension of the campaign of Bernie Sanders on April 8, 2020, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee.

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US Air Force Captain Andrew Molner, Commander of the new Passenger Terminal, 436th Aerial Port Squadron (APS), gives a tour to Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), Representative Michael N. Castle (R-DE), US Air Force Colonel Felix Greider, Commander 436th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, and US Air Force Brigadier General William Wellser, Commander Air Mobility Warfare Center, Fort Dix, New Jersey, pointing out the updated renovations to the new Passenger Terminal at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware

US Air Force Captain Andrew Molner, Commander of the new Passenger Ter...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Dover Air Force Base State: Delaware (DE) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Michael Sanders, Civilian, USAF Release... More

Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCarthy, Vice President Joe Biden, and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser visiting a DC Clean Rivers Project, and DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton [412-APD-1276-2015-01-16_BuildAmerica_004.jpg]

Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCar...

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Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCarthy, Vice President Joe Biden, and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser visiting a DC Clean Rivers Project, and DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton [412-APD-1276-2015-01-16_BuildAmerica_013.jpg]

Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCar...

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Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCarthy, Vice President Joe Biden, and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser visiting a DC Clean Rivers Project, and DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton [412-APD-1276-2015-01-16_BuildAmerica_005.jpg]

Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCar...

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The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (2nd from right), U.S. Secretary of Defense, presents a decal with the Project Phoenix"Let's Roll"logo, to sheet metal worker Michael Flocco (2nd from left) at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., on Apr. 10, 2002.  The Honorable Senators of Delaware, Democrats Joseph Biden (left) and Thomas Carper (right) were also in attendance. (DoD photo by Robert D. Ward) (Released

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (2nd from right), U.S. Secretary of D...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pentagon State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Robert D. Ward, CIV Release Status: Rel... More

Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden and Presidential candidate Barack Obama speak to the audience at the Democratic National Convention, Denver, Colorado, August 25-28, 2008

Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden and Presidential candidate Barac...

Title and date provided by the photographer. Credit line: Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-2009:083-1)... More

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Ship's Serviceman Seaman Ashley Rice on the mess decks.

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Ship's Serviceman Seaman As...

NAVAL AIR STATION, NORTH ISLAND (May. 14, 2009) Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Ship's Serviceman Seaman Ashley Rice on the mess decks aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN ... More

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Adm. Thad Allen listen to Vice President Joe Biden brief local fishermen.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and...

NEW ORLEANS (Jun. 29, 2010) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus and U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, national incident commander for the Deepwater Horizon ... More

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus and ship's sponsor, Dr. Jill Biden, watch as Vice President Joe Biden puts on a USS Delaware ball cap.

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus and ship's spon...

WASHINGTON (Nov. 19, 2012) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus and ship's sponsor, Dr. Jill Biden, watch as Vice President Joe Biden puts on a USS Delaware ball cap at the Pentagon announcing... More

2013 Inaugural Parade. NASA public domain image colelction.

2013 Inaugural Parade. NASA public domain image colelction.

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill wave as they walk along Pennsylvania Avenue during the inaugural parade, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington. President Barack Obama and Biden had their ceremonial sw... More

Dr. Jill Biden delivers remarks to Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific.

Dr. Jill Biden delivers remarks to Sailors assigned to the guided-miss...

SEMBAWANG, Singapore (Jul. 27, 2013) Dr. Jill Biden delivers remarks to Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific during a military ... More

Joe Biden - A couple of men standing next to each other in a room

Joe Biden - A couple of men standing next to each other in a room

Vice President Joe Biden talks with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in the Oval Office, July 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)..This official White House photograph is being made available only... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hold a meeting with Combatant Commanders and Military Leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Nov. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete So... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with the Democratic Governors Association in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, Feb. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by P... More

50th anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy

50th anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy speaks at an event recognizing the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy as President of the United States, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 in the rotunda at the U.S. Capitol. Also p... More

Hoboken, N.J., Nov. 18, 2012 -- Vice President Joe Biden and other officials took a tour of the PATH station that was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. The water level reached about four feet inside the terminal building. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Hoboken, N.J., Nov. 18, 2012 -- Vice President Joe Biden and other off...

The original finding aid described this as: Date Taken: 2012-11-18 00:00:00 UTC Photographer Name: Liz Roll City/State: Hoboken, NJ Disasters: New Jersey Hurricane Sandy (DR-4086) Disaster Types: Hurricane... More

Hoboken, N.J., Nov. 18, 2012 -- Vice President Biden and other officials took a tour of the PATH station that was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. The water level reached about four feet inside the terminal building. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Hoboken, N.J., Nov. 18, 2012 -- Vice President Biden and other officia...

The original finding aid described this as: Date Taken: 2012-11-18 00:00:00 UTC Photographer Name: Liz Roll City/State: Hoboken, NJ Disasters: New Jersey Hurricane Sandy (DR-4086) Disaster Types: Hurricane... More

Greeley, Colorado September 23, 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden listens to disaster survivors at the Disaster Recovery Center at the Island Grove Exhibition Center in Greeley on Monday afternoon. Vice President Biden took a aerial tour of the flood damage. Photo by Michael Rieger/FEMA

Greeley, Colorado September 23, 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden liste...

The original finding aid described this as: Date Taken: 2013-09-23 00:00:00 UTC Photographer Name: Michael Rieger Disaster Types: Flooding Categories: Disaster Recovery Center ^ Presidential Visit Photograp... More

Greeley, Colo., September 23, 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden thanks FEMA Reservists at the Disaster Recovery Center at the Island Grove Exhibition Center in Greeley on Monday afternoon. Vice President Biden took a aerial tour of the flood damage. Photo by Michael Rieger/FEMA

Greeley, Colo., September 23, 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden thanks ...

The original finding aid described this as: Date Taken: 2013-09-23 00:00:00 UTC Photographer Name: Michael Rieger Disaster Types: Flooding Categories: Disaster Recovery Center ^ Federal Partners ^ President... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, uses an air horn to start the eighth annual Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride on the South Lawn of the ... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with Combatant Commanders and military leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Dec. 3, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)..This ... More

First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden speak with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former Senator Elizabeth Dole, left, in the Blue Room after a Joining Forces program for military and veteran caregi... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden walk back to the Diplomatic Reception Room after joining staff on the South Lawn of the White House to observe a mo... More

First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden participate in an interview prior to the Kids Inaugural Concert at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (Official... More

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle

MOBILE, Ala. (Jun. 13, 2015) Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords waves to a crowd in front of the littoral combat ship, USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), named for her. Giffords was on the stage as Dr. J... More

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUDS) students at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (...

CORONADO, Calif. (May. 14, 2009) Vice President Joe Biden meets with Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUDS) students at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. The Vice President and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, visited ... More

Vice President Joe Biden speaks to Sailors on the pier in front of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Vice President Joe Biden speaks to Sailors on the pier in front of USS...

NAVAL AIR STATION, North Island (May. 14, 2009) Vice President Joe Biden speaks to Sailors on the pier in front of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Vice President and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, visited Ronald Rea... More

Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus receive a tour of USS Ramage (DDG 61).

Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Ma...

ATHENS, Greece (Jun. 24, 2011) Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus receive a tour of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61... More

First lady Michelle Obama announces new hiring commitments by the private sector as well as major accomplishments of the Joining Forces initiative.

First lady Michelle Obama announces new hiring commitments by the priv...

MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 22, 2012) First lady Michelle Obama announces new hiring commitments by the private sector as well as major accomplishments of the Joining Forces initiative during remarks at Naval Station M... More

Greeley, Colo., September 23, 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden looks at flood maps as he gets a briefing of the Colorado Flood response by FEMA's Dan Griffiths at the Island Grove Exhibition Center in Greeley on Monday afternoon. Vice President Biden took an aerial tour of the flood damage. Michael Rieger/FEMA

Greeley, Colo., September 23, 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden looks a...

The original finding aid described this as: Date Taken: 2013-09-23 00:00:00 UTC Photographer Name: Michael Rieger Disaster Types: Flooding Categories: Congressional ^ Disaster Recovery Center ^ Presidential... More

Vice President Joe Biden, center, is joined on stage by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, left, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, and Vice Adm. Ted Carter,

Vice President Joe Biden, center, is joined on stage by Chief of Naval...

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May. 22, 2015) Vice President Joe Biden, center, is joined on stage by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, left, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, Commandant of the M... More

Vice President Joe Biden, second from left, and others, provide tribute to Sen. John S. McCain III.

Vice President Joe Biden, second from left, and others, provide tribut...

PHOENIX (Aug. 30, 2018) Vice President Joe Biden, second from left, and others, provide tribute to Sen. John S. McCain III, Aug. 30, 2018 at a service in Phoenix, Ariz. The Arizona National Guard Military Honor... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama talks with, from left, Vice President Joe Biden; Shaun Donovan, Director, Office of Management and Budget; John Podesta, Counselor to the President; Jennifer Palmieri, Director of Communi... More

Joe Biden - Two men in suits are standing in a room

Joe Biden - Two men in suits are standing in a room

Vice President Joe Biden talks with Secretary of State John Kerry in the Outer Oval office, June 12, 2014. Brian Mosteller, Director of Oval Office Operations, works at right. (Official White House Photo by Pet... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama gives a little boy a high five as he and Vice President Joe Biden greet wounded warriors and their families during their tour in the East Room of the White House, June 23, 2014. (Official... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden puts his arm around House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, as PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem introduces President Barack Obama during an event for the 2013 President's Cup championship ... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, conducts a conference call with Rob Nabors, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss the federal government shutd... More

Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCarthy, Vice President Joe Biden, and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser visiting a DC Clean Rivers Project, and DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton [412-APD-1276-2015-01-16_BuildAmerica_022.jpg]

Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCar...

Office of the Administrator - Build America Public domain photograph of US government agency official, meeting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands on the pier with Sailors from Nitmitz class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands on the pier with Sailors from Ni...

NAVAL AIR STATION, North Island (May. 14, 2009) Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands on the pier with Sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Vice President and his wife,... More

Flooding - Marietta, Ga. , September 25, 2009 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate speaks while Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary Napolitano , Senator Isakson, Senator Chambliss and Representative Scott look on, outside a temporary shelter at the Cobb County Civic Center, in Marietta, Georgia, Friday, September 25, 2009.  Official White House Photo by David Lienemann

Flooding - Marietta, Ga. , September 25, 2009 -- FEMA Administrator Cr...

The original database describes this as: Title: FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate at the Podium in Georgia Production Date: 09/25/2009 Caption: Marietta, Ga. , September 25, 2009 -- FEMA Administrator Craig... More

Vice President Joe Biden cheers on the graduating class during the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2010 graduation and commissioning ceremony

Vice President Joe Biden cheers on the graduating class during the U.S...

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May. 28, 2010) Vice President Joe Biden cheers on the graduating class during the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2010 graduation and commissioning ceremony at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis... More

Vice President Joe Biden gives the graduation address to the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2010 during the 2010 graduation and commissioning ceremony.

Vice President Joe Biden gives the graduation address to the U.S. Nava...

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May. 28, 2010) Vice President Joe Biden gives the graduation address to the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2010 during the 2010 graduation and commissioning ceremony. The Class of 2010 graduated 75... More

50th anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy

50th anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event recognizing the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy as President of the United States, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 in the rotunda at the U.S.... More

Vice President Joe Biden salutes Capt. Robert N. Hein, the commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), as the ship arrives to its homeport of Naval Station Mayport after a scheduled deployment.

Vice President Joe Biden salutes Capt. Robert N. Hein, the commanding ...

MAYPORT, Fla. (Dec. 08, 2011) Vice President Joe Biden salutes Capt. Robert N. Hein, the commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), as the ship arrives to its homeport of Naval Sta... More

Hoboken, N.J., Nov. 18, 2012 -- Vice President Joe Biden greets and thanks the first responders of Hurricane Sandy during a tour of the PATH station that was flooded by the storm surge. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Hoboken, N.J., Nov. 18, 2012 -- Vice President Joe Biden greets and th...

The original finding aid described this as: Date Taken: 2012-11-18 00:00:00 UTC Photographer Name: Liz Roll City/State: Hoboken, NJ Disasters: New Jersey Hurricane Sandy (DR-4086) Disaster Types: Hurricane... More

Greeley, Colorado September 23, 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden thanks American Red Cross  workers at the Disaster Recovery Center at the Island Grove Exhibition Center in Greeley on Monday afternoon. Vice President Biden took a aerial tour of the flood damage. Michael Rieger/FEMA

Greeley, Colorado September 23, 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden thank...

The original finding aid described this as: Date Taken: 2013-09-23 00:00:00 UTC Photographer Name: Michael Rieger Disaster Types: Flooding Categories: Disaster Recovery Center ^ Federal Partners ^ President... More

Greeley, Colorado September 23, 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden thanks FEMA Reservists at the Disaster Recovery Center at the Island Grove Exhibition Center in Greeley on Monday afternoon. Vice President Biden took a aerial tour of the flood damage. Photo by Michael Rieger/FEMA

Greeley, Colorado September 23, 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden thank...

The original finding aid described this as: Date Taken: 2013-09-23 00:00:00 UTC Photographer Name: Michael Rieger Disaster Types: Flooding Categories: Disaster Officials ^ Disaster Recovery Center ^ Preside... More

Greeley, Colo., September 23, 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden listens to disaster survivors at the Disaster Recovery Center  at the Island Grove Exhibition Center in Greeley on Monday afternoon. Vice President Biden took a aerial tour of the flood damage. Photo by Michael Rieger/FEMA

Greeley, Colo., September 23, 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden listens...

The original finding aid described this as: Date Taken: 2013-09-23 00:00:00 UTC Photographer Name: Michael Rieger Disaster Types: Flooding Categories: Disaster Recovery Center ^ Presidential Visit Photograp... More

Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Cmdr. Timothy Wilke, commanding officer of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), watch small boat maneuvers during a tour.

Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Cmdr. Timothy Wilke, commanding o...

SINGAPORE (Jul. 27, 2013) Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Cmdr. Timothy Wilke, commanding officer of the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1), watch small boat maneuvers during a tour. Freedom is in Si... More

Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photograph with Sailors in the hangar bay aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise.

Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photograph with Sailors in the ha...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 14, 2016) Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photograph with Sailors in the hangar bay aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. Twenty-six natio... More

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pose with the full Cabinet for an official photograph in the East Room of the White House on 9/10/2009. Seated, from left: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.  Standing, second row, from left: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Susan E. Rice, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.  Back row, from left: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, and Council of Economic Advisers Chair Christina Romer.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pose with the full...

Photographer: Chuck Kennedy--White House Photo Creation Date: 9/10/2009 President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pose with the full Cabinet for an official photograph in the East Room of the White H... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meets with Megan J. Smith, Chief Technology Officer, right, and her CTO team in the Oval Office, Feb. 10, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)..Th... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, convenes a National Security Council meeting on Cuba in the Situation Room of the White House, Nov. 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)..Th... More

US Air Force (USAF) Colonel (COL) Marc Felman, left, the 39th Wing and Air and Space Expeditionary Wing commander, shares a light moment with Senator Joseph R. Biden of Delaware and Lieutenant Colonel (LCOL) Jeffery Linskens, right, the 39th Services Squadron (SS), commander, at Incirlik Air Base (AB), Turkey

US Air Force (USAF) Colonel (COL) Marc Felman, left, the 39th Wing and...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Incirlik Air Base, Adana Country: Turkey (TUR) Scene Major Command Shown: USAFE Scene Camera Operator: A1C Veronica Fullwood, USAF Release Statu... More

Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden and Presidential candidate Barack Obama speak to the audience at the Democratic National Convention, Denver, Colorado, August 25-28, 2008

Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden and Presidential candidate Barac...

Title and date provided by the photographer. Credit line: Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-2009:083-1)... More

Members of the Navy Ceremonial Honor Guard conduct a pass in review for President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joseph Biden at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th Presidential Inauguration.

Members of the Navy Ceremonial Honor Guard conduct a pass in review fo...

WASHINGTON (Jan. 21, 2008) Members of the Navy Ceremonial Honor Guard conduct a pass in review for President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joseph Biden at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th Presidential Inaugur... More

2009 Inaugural Parade. American Indians greet the Obamas, the Bidens, and other dignataries as they view the parade from the White House viewing stand, Washington, D.C.

2009 Inaugural Parade. American Indians greet the Obamas, the Bidens, ...

Title and date provided by the photographer. Credit line: Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-2009:083-1)... More

 Vice President, Joe Biden shakes the hand of a Sailor attached to the Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Vice President, Joe Biden shakes the hand of a Sailor attached to the...

NAVAL AIR STATION, NORTH ISLAND (May. 14, 2009) Vice President, Joe Biden shakes the hand of a Sailor attached to the Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Vice President and his wife, D... More

Vice President Joe Biden talks with Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) candidates on the beach at Naval Special Warfare Center.

Vice President Joe Biden talks with Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (...

CORONADO, Calif. (May. 14, 2009) Vice President Joe Biden talks with Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) candidates on the beach at Naval Special Warfare Center during his visit to San Diego. BUD/S candida... More

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Sailors as they depart the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), after returning from a seven-month deployment.

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Sailors as they depart the ...

MAYPORT, Fla. (Dec. 08, 2011) Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Sailors as they depart the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), after returning from a seven-month deployment with the George H... More

Vice President Joe Biden speaks to Sailors while waiting for the return of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) to Naval Station Mayport.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks to Sailors while waiting for the retur...

MAYPORT, Fla. (Dec. 08, 2011) Vice President Joe Biden speaks to Sailors while waiting for the return of the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) to Naval Station Mayport. Gettysburg completed a seven-... More

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the honorable Ray Mabus greets first lady Michelle Obama.

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the honorable Ray Mabus greets first la...

WASHINGTON (Feb. 15, 2012) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the honorable Ray Mabus greets first lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Leon E. Panetta at the Military Spouse Empl... More

First lady Michelle Obama announces new hiring commitments by the private sector as well as major accomplishments of the Joining Forces initiative during remarks at Naval Station Mayport.

First lady Michelle Obama announces new hiring commitments by the priv...

MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 22, 2012) First lady Michelle Obama announces new hiring commitments by the private sector as well as major accomplishments of the Joining Forces initiative during remarks at Naval Station M... More

Vice President Joe Biden disembarks an MV-22 Osprey assigned to the Greyhawks of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise.

Vice President Joe Biden disembarks an MV-22 Osprey assigned to the Gr...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 14, 2016) Vice President Joe Biden disembarks an MV-22 Osprey assigned to the Greyhawks of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck during the ... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with rank-and-file law enforcement officials from across the country, in the Oval Office, Feb. 24, 2015. They discuss how communities and law enforcement... More

Joe Biden - A group of people standing around a counter

Joe Biden - A group of people standing around a counter

May 16, 2014."Call it the Shake Shack slide. As he is wont to do, the President normally does a group photo with restaurant staff when he stops for lunch or dinner somewhere. After having lunch with Vice Presid... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama watches as Vice President Joe Biden swears in Treasury Secretary Jack Lew during a ceremony in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2013. Lew's family, pictured from left, are: wife Ruth Schwartz; ... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama listens as Vice President Joe Biden presents proposals as part of the Administration’s response to the shootings in Newtown, Conn., during a policy meeting in the Cabinet Room of the Whit... More

Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCarthy, Vice President Joe Biden, and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser visiting a DC Clean Rivers Project, and DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton [412-APD-1276-2015-01-16_BuildAmerica_008.jpg]

Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCar...

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Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCarthy, Vice President Joe Biden, and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser visiting a DC Clean Rivers Project, and DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton [412-APD-1276-2015-01-16_BuildAmerica_003.jpg]

Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCar...

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Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCar...

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The Honorable Senator Joseph Biden (D-Del.), The Honorable Senator Thomas Carper (D-Del.), The Honorable Congressman Michael Castle (R-Del.), U.S. Air Force LT. GEN. William Welser III, Commander of the 18th Air Force, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and other dignitaries join in the ground breaking ceremony of the of the new Super Port at Dover AFB, Del., on Dec. 13, 2004. (PHOTO by Dee Marvin, CIV) (Released)

The Honorable Senator Joseph Biden (D-Del.), The Honorable Senator Tho...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Dover Air Force Base State: Delaware (DE) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Dee Marvin, CIV Release Status: Release... More

Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden and Presidential candidate Barack Obama speak to the audience at the Democratic National Convention, Denver, Colorado, August 25-28, 2008

Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden and Presidential candidate Barac...

Title and date provided by the photographer. Credit line: Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-2009:083-1)... More

Vice-Presidential Candidate Joe Biden and Presidential candidate Barack Obama greet congressional leaders Nancy Polisi and John Kerry at the Democratic National Convention, Denver, Colorado, August 25-28, 2008

Vice-Presidential Candidate Joe Biden and Presidential candidate Barac...

Title and date provided by the photographer. Credit line: Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-2009:083-1)... More

Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to the audience at the Democratic National Convention, Denver, Colorado, August 25-28, 2008

Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to the audience at the De...

Title and date provided by the photographer. Credit line: Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-2009:083-1)... More

President Barack Obama, Gen. James T. Conway, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden pay respects to a military color guard as they pass the reviewing stand.

President Barack Obama, Gen. James T. Conway, Vice President Joe Biden...

WASHINGTON (Jan. 20, 2009) President Barack Obama, left, Gen. James T. Conway, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden pay respects to a military color guard as they pas... More

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Duryea, Pa. , September 16, 2011 -- Vice President Joe Biden consoles Stephanie Remsky who lost her home due to flooding from tropical storm Lee. The Vice President toured the damaged area and met with survivors here. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Duryea, Pa. , September 16, 2011 -- Vice Pr...

The original database describes this as: Title: Photograph by Liz Roll taken on 09/16/2011 in Pennsylvania Production Date: 09/16/2011 Caption: Duryea, Pa. , September 16, 2011 -- Vice President Joe Biden co... More

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Duryea, Pa. , September 16, 2011 -- During a tour of the flood damage caused by tropical storm Lee, Vice President Joe Biden stops to ask a young resident how she is holding up. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Flooding ^ Hurricane/Tropical Storm - Duryea, Pa. , September 16, 2011...

The original database describes this as: Title: Vice Presidential Visit to Duryea Production Date: 09/16/2011 Caption: Duryea, Pa. , September 16, 2011 -- During a tour of the flood damage caused by tropical... More

Hoboken, N.J., Nov. 18, 2012 -- Vice President Joe Biden, along with Senator Robert Menendez and Senator Frank Lautenberg, took a tour of the PATH station that was flooded by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Hoboken, N.J., Nov. 18, 2012 -- Vice President Joe Biden, along with S...

The original finding aid described this as: Date Taken: 2012-11-18 00:00:00 UTC Photographer Name: Liz Roll City/State: Hoboken, NJ Disasters: New Jersey Hurricane Sandy (DR-4086) Disaster Types: Hurricane... More

Greeley, Colo., September 223, 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden thanks FEMA Corps members at the Disaster Recovery Center at the Island Grove Exhibition Center in Greeley on Monday afternoon. Biden took a aerial tour of the flood damage. Michael Rieger/FEMA

Greeley, Colo., September 223, 2013 -- Vice President Joe Biden thanks...

The original finding aid described this as: Date Taken: 2013-09-23 00:00:00 UTC Photographer Name: Michael Rieger Disaster Types: Flooding Categories: Disaster Recovery Center ^ FEMA Corps ^ Presidential Vi... More

Vice-President Joe Biden delivers remarks to workers at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Vice-President Joe Biden delivers remarks to workers at Portsmouth Nav...

KITTERY, Maine (Sep. 03, 2014) Vice-President Joe Biden delivers remarks to workers at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Biden spoke about the shipyard's workforce engagement, process improvements, learning centers, a... More

Vice President Joe Biden addresses Sailors in the hangar bay aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise.

Vice President Joe Biden addresses Sailors in the hangar bay aboard US...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 14, 2016) Vice President Joe Biden addresses Sailors in the hangar bay aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 s... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with members of the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House, Sept. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)..This ... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with advisors in the Oval Office, Aug. 29, 2013. Seated from left: Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strat... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama talks with, from left, Pete Rouse, Counselor to the President, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office, April 2, 2013. (Official White House Photo ... More

Delaware Senator, Joesph Biden (Left), presents Secretary of Defense William Cohen with a model C-5 aircraft at a luncheon in Sec. Cohen's honor during his recent visit to Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday, December 15, 1999

Delaware Senator, Joesph Biden (Left), presents Secretary of Defense W...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Dover Air Force Base State: Delaware (DE) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: William Plate Jr., USAF Civilian Releas... More

Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCarthy, Vice President Joe Biden, and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser visiting a DC Clean Rivers Project, and DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton [412-APD-1276-2015-01-16_BuildAmerica_015.jpg]

Office of the Administrator - Build America - Administrator Gina McCar...

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Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to the audience at the Democratic National Convention, Denver, Colorado, August 25-28, 2008

Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to the audience at the De...

Title and date provided by the photographer. Credit line: Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-2009:083-1)... More

Vice President Joe Biden addresses the crew of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Vice President Joe Biden addresses the crew of the Nimitz-class aircra...

NAVAL AIR STATION, North Island (May. 14, 2009) Vice President Joe Biden addresses the crew of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The Vice President and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, visi... More

Washington, D. C. , August 12, 2009 -- Vice President Joe Biden, official portrait.  White House Photo

Washington, D. C. , August 12, 2009 -- Vice President Joe Biden, offic...

The original database describes this as: Title: Vice President Joe Biden - Official Portrait Production Date: 08/12/2009 Caption: Washington, D. C. , August 12, 2009 -- Vice President Joe Biden, official po... More

 Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus greet Sailors while receiving a tour of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61).

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of th...

ATHENS, Greece (Jun. 24, 2011) Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus greet Sailors while receiving a tour of the Arleigh Burke-class guided... More

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Sailors as they depart the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), after returning from a seven-month deployment.

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Sailors as they depart the ...

MAYPORT, Fla. (Dec. 08, 2011) Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Sailors as they depart the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), after returning from a seven-month deployment with the George H... More

Seaside Heights, N.J., Nov. 18, 2012 -- (Left-Right) New Jersey Lt Gov Kim Guadagno, Vice President Joe Biden and FEMA's Tom Davies, look at maps showing the damage areas in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy swept through the area.  Vice President Biden and other federal, state and local officials toured the damaged areas of Seaside Heights and met first responders.  Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

Seaside Heights, N.J., Nov. 18, 2012 -- (Left-Right) New Jersey Lt Gov...

The original finding aid described this as: Date Taken: 2012-11-18 00:00:00 UTC Photographer Name: Patsy Lynch City/State: Seaside Heights, NJ Keywords: Biden FEMA Vice President New Jersey SeaView Heights ... More

Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel, delivers remarks to service members and their families at Naval Station Mayport about the Joining Forces initiative.

Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel, delivers rem...

MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 22, 2012) Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel, delivers remarks to service members and their families at Naval Station Mayport about the Joining Forces initiative. First... More

Vice President Joseph Biden observes the coin toss for the 113th Army-Navy Football game at Lincoln Financial Field.

Vice President Joseph Biden observes the coin toss for the 113th Army-...

PHILADELPHIA (Sep. 29, 2012) Vice President Joseph Biden observes the coin toss for the 113th Army-Navy Football game at Lincoln Financial Field. The winner of the game will take home the Commander in Chief's T... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama adjusts a lapel pin for Vice President Joe Biden in the Outer Oval Office, May 23, 2014. Ferial Govashiri, Personal Assistant to the President stands at right. (Official White House Photo... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden visit with Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, and family in the Blue Room prior to the Medal of Honor ceremony honoring Carter in the Ea... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama meets with Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senators, prior to a dinner at the Naval Observatory Residence in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Seated clockwise from the President... More

Joe Biden - A group of people standing around a desk

Joe Biden - A group of people standing around a desk

Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden thank nurses during a Christmas Day visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland, Dec. 25, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David ... More

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden with President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, during the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office, April 2, 2013. (Official White House Ph... More

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