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Joe Biden was born on November 20, 1942, in the working-class city of Scranton, Pennsylvania. His mother was Catherine Eugenia Finnegan, and his father was Joseph Biden Sr., a used car salesman. Today, Biden attributes his success, perseverance, and toughness to the way his parents raised him.

In his younger years, Biden was often bullied for his stutter. When he was thirteen years old and attending St. Paul's Elementary School, other students would call him "Dash" and "Joe Impedimenta" because of his impediment. However, Biden took these experiences as a learning opportunity and began refining his speech until he finally overcame his stutter. After elementary school, Biden attended St. Helena School until he was accepted into the Archmere Academy, where he played football and washed windows so that his family could afford to send him. 

After graduating from high school, Biden attended the University of Delaware. While obtaining his bachelor's, he developed a strong interest in politics. John F. Kennedy's 1961 election especially drew his interest. During his Junior year, he met Neilia Hunter, whom he would marry in 1966. After graduating from law school, Biden started a law office in Wilmington, Delaware, and had three children. 

In 1972, Biden’s wife and daughter were killed in a tragic car accident. His two sons, Hunter and Beau, were severely injured but survived.


Biden served in the Senate from 1973-2009 and served in the White House with President Obama as his Vice President from 2009 to 2017. During the 2020 campaign trail, Biden has tried to rewrite his past record on Social Security, when Biden has argued for freezing or cutting funds earlier in his career. Media outlets called the election and named Biden as the President-Elect on November 7, 2020. His inauguration was (of course) on January 20, 2021, making him the 46th President of the United States of America. To read more about Biden’s previous and current positions, votes, and bills, click HERE.

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