As a Senator from Delaware for 36 years, Vice President Biden established himself as a leader in facing some of our nation’s most important domestic and international challenges. As Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, then-Senator Biden was widely recognized for his work on criminal justice issues, including the landmark 1994 Crime Act and the Violence Against Women Act. As Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 12 years, Biden played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy. He has been at the forefront of issues and legislation related to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.
As the 47th Vice President of the United States, Biden continued his leadership on important issues facing the nation and represented our country abroad, traveling over 1.2 million miles to more than 50 countries. Biden convened sessions of the President’s Cabinet, led interagency efforts, and worked with Congress in his efforts to raise the living standards of middle-class Americans, reduce gun violence, accelerate cancer research, and address violence against women. In January 2017, President Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with Distinction — the highest civilian honor in the U.S.
Since leaving the White House, Vice President Biden continues his legacy of expanding opportunity for all with the creation of the Biden Foundation, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Biden Institute for Domestic Policy at the University of Delaware. Vice President Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have also founded the Biden Cancer Initiative to end cancer as we know it, and they continue their son Beau’s work to prevent abuse against children with the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. Vice President Biden is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose, a memoir released in 2017.