Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1942, and lived there for ten years before moving with his family to Delaware. He voted in favor of the resolution authorizing the Iraq War in 2002, but opposed the surge of U. He chaired the Judiciary Committee during the contentious U. Supreme Court nominations of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.
A member of the Democratic Party, he represented Delaware as a United States Senator from 1973 until becoming Vice President in 2009. He has also served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dealing with issues related to drug policy, crime prevention, and civil liberties, and led the legislative efforts for creation of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, and the Violence Against Women Act.During his first year there, he was accused of having plagiarized 5 of 15 pages of a law review article. Senate election in Delaware presented a unique circumstance. Biden's sons Beau and Hunter survived the accident and were taken to the hospital in fair condition, Beau with a broken leg and other wounds, and Hunter with a minor skull fracture and other head injuries.Biden said it was inadvertent, due to his not knowing the proper rules of citation, and he was permitted to retake the course after receiving an "F" grade, which was subsequently dropped from his record (this incident would later attract attention when further plagiarism accusations emerged in 1987). Longtime Delaware political figure and Republican incumbent Senator J. Subsequent to the accident, Biden commented that the truck driver had been drinking alcohol prior to the collision, but these allegations were denied by the driver's family and were never substantiated by the police.He was first elected to the Senate in 1972, and became the sixth-youngest senator in U. He was a long-time member and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. In the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama chose Biden to be his running mate in the race, which they won. In 2011, he opposed going ahead with the military mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. In October 2015, after months of speculation, Biden chose not to run for President of the United States in 2016.He became the first Roman Catholic, and the first Delawarean, to be Vice President of the United States. In December 2016, he refused to rule out a potential bid for President in 2020, but announced on January 13, 2017, that he would not run, only to seemingly backtrack just four days later, again refusing to rule out a potential bid.
They had met on a blind date arranged by Biden's brother, although it turned out that Biden had already noticed a photograph of her earlier in an advertisement for a local park in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1984, he was Democratic floor manager for the successful passage of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act; civil libertarians praised him for modifying some of the Act's provisions, and it was his most important legislative accomplishment at that point in time. When the Reagan administration wanted to interpret the 1972 SALT I Treaty loosely in order to allow the Strategic Defense Initiative to proceed, Biden argued for strict adherence to the treaty's terms.