EL Civics for ESL Students

Joe Biden Lesson

U.S. History and Government
Joe Biden - 47th Vice President of the United States

Joseph Biden Being Sworn in on January 20, 2009

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House


1. Joe Biden was elected a U.S. Senator when he was just 29 years old. He turned 30 before taking office.

2. Biden remained a senator from 1973 to 2009. He resigned his office after 36 years to serve as Vice President.

3. His wife, Jill Tracy Jacobs Biden, has a doctorate degree and is a teacher at a Community College. She is the first Second Lady to hold a paying job while her husband is Vice President.

4. Biden failed to win the democratic nomination for U.S. President in 1988 and again in 2008.

5. Biden is a teetotaler. A teetotaler is a person who doesn't drink alcohol.

  • Joe Biden is the current Vice President of the United States. His full name is Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.

  • He was sworn into office on January 20, 2009. Biden is the 47th U.S. Vice President.

  • Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, but his family moved to Delaware when he was 10 years old. His family is Irish.

  • As a child, he had a stuttering problem, but he improved his speech by reciting poetry in front of a mirror.

  • Biden graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965 with a degree in history and political science. And in 1968, he graduated from Syracuse University College of Law and became a lawyer.

  • In 1974, Biden became a U.S. Senator from his home state of Delaware.

  • Biden has been married twice. His first wife, Neilia Hunter, and his infant daughter died in a car accident. Their two young sons were seriously injured, but they both recovered.

  • Biden married his current wife, Jill, in 1977. They had one daughter.

  • Barack Obama and Joe Biden won the election in November of 2008. They took the Oath of Office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2009.

  • Biden is the first Roman Catholic to become Vice President of the United States.

  • The Constitution says that if the president can no long serve, the vice president becomes president.

  • Like Barack Obama, Joe Biden is a member of the Democratic Party.
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