Joe Biden

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Joseph R. Biden (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.

46th President of the United States
(January 20, 2021 to Present)

Nicknames: None listed

Born: November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Father: Joseph Robinette Biden, Sr
Mother: Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Biden
Married: Jill Tracy Biden (1951- ), on June 17, 1977; Neilia Hunter Biden (1942-72), on August 27, 1966
Children: Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III (1969-2015) [Served as Delaware’s Attorney General from 2007 to 2015]; Robert Hunter Biden (1970- ); Naomi Christina Biden (1971-72);
Ashley Blazer Biden (1981- )

Religion: Roman Catholic
Education: Attended Archmere Academy; Graduated from the University of Delaware (1965); Graduated from the College of Law- Syracuse University (1968)
Occupation: Lawyer
Political Party: Democratic
Other Government Positions:

  • United States Senator, 1973-2009
  • Vice President, 2009-17 (under tiny U.S. flag Barack Obama)

Presidential Salary: $400,000/year + $50,000 expense account

Coming to the White House in the middle of a global pandemic, President Joe Biden’s main concerns lay in mitigating its effects and controlling it, and in stemming the downslide of the economy. Within the first 100 days of his presidency, he had signed the most number of executive orders for a president within that period. Most of them were aimed at controlling the coronavirus pandemic, and at reversing several policies of the previous administrations. 

His running mate and vice president, Kamala Harris, is the highest ranking female official in a presidential administration in US history. Biden’s cabinet also includes more women than in any other previous administration. 

The 49th POTUS had himself previously served as the vice president under tiny U.S. flag Barack Obama, and before that as the senator for Delaware for 36 years. During his time as senator, he was a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1997 and was its chairman from 2001 to 2003 and from 2007 up until his election to the vice president’s office. He thus has extensive experience in foreign policy, which he brought into force during his years as the VP.

Presidential Election Results:
YearPopular VotesElectoral Votes
2020Joseph R. Biden, Jr81,284,778306
tiny U.S. flag Donald J. Trump74,224,501232

Vice President: Kamala Harris (2021- ) [The first African-American, first Asian-American and first female vice president of the US]


Secretary of State
Antony Blinken (2021- )
Secretary of the Treasury
Dr. Janet Yellen (2021- ) [The first woman to hold this position]
Secretary of Defense
Lloyd Austin (2021- ) [The first African-American to hold this position]
Attorney General
Merrick Garland (2021- )
Secretary of the Interior
Deb Haaland (2021- ) [The first Native American US cabinet secretary]
Secretary of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack (2021- )
Secretary of Commerce
Gina M. Raimondo (2021- )
Secretary of Labor
Marty Walsh (2021- )
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Xavier Becerra (2021- )
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Marcia Fudge (2021- )
Secretary of Transportation
Pete Buttigeig (2021- ) [The first openly gay member of the US cabinet]
Secretary of Energy
Jennifer M. Granholm (2021- )
Secretary of Education
Dr. Miguel Cardona (2021- )
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Denis McDonough (2021- )
Secretary of Homeland Security
Alejandro Mayorkas (2021- ) [The first immigrant to hold this position. He was born in Cuba.]

Notable Events:

  • 2021
    • The US rejoins the Paris Climate Agreement.
    • US support for Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign against Yemen is brought to an end.
    • The American Rescue Plan Act is signed into law.
    • President Biden announces that all US troops in Afghanistan shall be withdrawn by September 11, 2021.
    • The president reiterates the US’s support for Israel as protests sweep the world decrying Israeli bombing of the Gaza strip. Progressive Democrats in Congress urge censure of Israel as well.
    • The Juneteenth National Independence Day Act becomes law, establishing June 19 (Juneteenth) as a federal holiday.

Internet Biographies:

Joe Biden — from The Presidents of the United States of America
Compiled by the White House.
Joe Biden — from U.S. Presidents
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.

Historical Documents:

Inaugural Address (2021)

Media Resources:

Other Internet Resources:

Points of Interest:

  • Taking office at the age of 78, Joe Biden is the oldest president in American history.
  • He represented Delaware for 36 years in the United States Senate.
  • Joe Biden and Richard Nixon are the only two non-incumbent vice presidents to be elected to the White House.
  • Joe Biden’s popular vote count, exceeding 81 million, is the highest received by any US president.
  • Within two days of taking office, President Joe Biden had signed 17 executive orders, more than most presidents signed in their first 100 days.
  • Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris is the US’s first female Vice President, and the first woman of color to hold that post.
  • The Biden administration named Amanda Gorman the first National Youth Poet Laureate. 


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