Joe Biden was born in Scranton PA; when he was 10, his family moved to Delaware. He was a football star at Archmere Academy, from which he graduated in 1961. At the University of Delaware, he majored in history and political science, graduating in 1965, then receiving his law degree from Syracuse in 1968. While practicing law, he was elected to the New Castle County Council and then scored a surprising upset to win the 1972 US Senate race. The tragedies in his life include the death of his wife and small daughter shortly after his election. Five years later, he married Jill Jacobs, a teacher from Pennsylvania, whose academic degrees include a Masters from West Chester University; they have now been married 43 years and have one daughter. Biden represented Delaware in the US Senate for 36 years, serving in many notable capacities, including as chair of both the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees. He became Barack Obama’s running mate in 2008 and served as a highly trusted and influential vice president for 8 years. At a time when national leadership is sorely needed, he has compiled an unrivaled background in issues, policies, and the workings of government.