Senator Barack Obama selected Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. of Delaware as his running mate. Currently serving his 6th term in the Senate, Biden, first elected in 1972, brings decades of political experience to the ticket.
Since 1991, Senator Biden has served as an adjunct professor at Widener Law
, Delaware’s only law school, teaching a seminar on issues in constitutional law. For the last five years, he has jointly taught the seminar with Professor Robert L. Hayman, Jr., and despite the demands on his schedule, Senator Biden always ensures that he teaches at least half of the seminar’s instructional minutes. One of the most popular seminars offered at Widener Law’s Delaware campus, there is always a waiting list of students hoping that a seat will open. The next constitutional law seminar is scheduled to begin on August 23rd.
As a member of the Senate, Biden has served as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and has been a leader on a number of important legislative issues. He wrote the Violence Against Women Act in the 1990s and was instrumental in the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which is sometimes referred to as the Biden Crime Bill.
Born November 20th, 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Joe Biden grew up in New Castle County, Delaware and graduated from Archmere Academy in Claymont, Delaware in 1961. After earning his J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1968, he was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1969. He practiced law in Wilmington before he was elected to and served on the New Castle County Council from 1970 to 1972.
Senator Biden resides in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, who is a professor at Delaware Technical Community College, and he commutes to Washington from Delaware when the Senate is in session. He is the father of Beau, Hunter and Ashley, and has five grandchildren. Eldest son Beau is Delaware’s Attorney General.