Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden, Jr. was born on November 20,1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. åÊHe is the first of four siblings. åÊBiden’s father was well-off but fell on hard times when Biden was born forcing the family to live with Biden’s maternal grandparents for a time. åÊBiden’s paternal grandfather, Joseph H. Biden was an oil businessman and his maternal great grandfather, Edward Francis Blewitt was a Senator in the Pennsylvania State Congress. åÊBiden attended Archmere Academy in Claymont. åÊHe was a star football player in the positions of halfback and wide receiver. åÊBiden also played baseball. åÊHis senior year he took his football team to an undefeated season which was even more of a feat because the team was a perennial loser ordinarily. åÊHe was his class president his Jr. and Sr. years. åÊDuring high school he also participated in anti-segregation sit-ins at Wilmington Theatre. åÊBiden attended University of Delaware where he was a halfback with the Blue Hens freshman football team and a double major in history and political science. åÊAfter college Biden attended Syracuse University and received his JD in 1968.
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2. Income & Salary
Biden became an attorney in 1969 but knew all along his goal of making a career in public service. åÊHe was elected to New Castle County council in 1970 at 28 years old and elected as Senate from Delaware in 1972 at 30 years old making him the sixth youngest senator in U.S. history. åÊBiden held his office during six re-elctions from 1973 to 2009. åÊDuring his time in Senate he served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary from 1987 to 1995, Chairman of the International Narcotics Control of Caucus from 2007 to 2009, and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from 2007 to 2009. åÊBiden was the 4th most senior senator when he was elected 47th Vice President. åÊBiden had a reputation for being loquacious during his time at office and often for “spilling the beans” in interviews and not sticking to the official script.
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Biden has a low net worth compared to many other prominent members of society, but this is a result of Biden spending almost his entire career life as a public servant. åÊIn fact, Biden recognized how vulnerable poorer public officials were to offers of campaign assistance in exchange for political support prompting him to push for campaign refinance reform. åÊHe was, while a Senator, in fact one of the least wealthy, despite being one of the most senior, åÊSenators. åÊOne poll pegged his as the second poorest member in Congress. åÊBiden is not suffering by any means. åÊHe currently lives in the official residency of the Vice President of the United States, Number One Observatory Circle on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington D.C. The estate is a Queen Ann style mansion with 9,150 square feet and three stories. åÊRumors of an underground bunker were leaked in fact by Biden himself only to be denied later by a White House official. åÊBiden’s Delaware home is worth $2,856,950. åÊBiden himself may not have a lot of money saved up but he is set for life due to the cushy pensions that congressmen receive.Official Residence of the Vice President: Number One Observatory Circle (below)Joseph Biden’s Delaware Home (below – cottage on the right rented to Secret Service in a $100k plus contract)