Facts about Jill Biden

Jill Biden is 69 years old
Born: June 5, 1951
Best known as: The 'Second Lady' of the U.S., 2009-2017


Jill Biden Biography

Name at birth: Jill Tracy Jacobs

Dr. Jill Biden is an educator and the wife of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Jill Jacobs was still a student at the University of Delaware when she met Joe Biden in 1975; they were married two years later and had a daughter together, Ashley, in 1981. A multitasking mom, Jill Biden raised Ashley along with Biden’s two sons from his first marriage while also going to graduate school and teaching high school. (The Bidens lived in Delaware, with Joe Biden commuting by train daily from Washington, D.C.)

Jill Biden has four degrees in all: a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware (1975), master’s degrees from West Chester University (1981) and Villanova University (1987), and a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware (2007).

In 1993 she began teaching English at Delaware Technical and Community College, where she was still teaching in 2008 when Joe Biden was elected vice president as the running mate of Democratic presidential Barack Obama.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden took office on 20 January 2009. While serving as ‘Second Lady,’ Jill Biden continued teaching in the Washington, D.C. area, even after her husband was re-elected for another four-year term as vice president on November 6, 2012.

After Joe Biden’s term ended, Jill focused on their non-profit foundation and public speaking in educational settings.

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Jill Biden married Joe Biden on 17 June 1977. It was the second marriage for both: Jill Biden had a brief early marriage, according to a 2008 article in The New York Times, and Joe Biden’s first wife Neilia and daughter Naomi were killed in a car crash in 1972. Joe Biden also has two sons from that first marriage: Joseph R. Biden III (called “Beau,” b. 1969) and Hunter (b. 1970). Beau Biden served as attorney general of Delaware from 2006-14, and died of brain cancer in 2015.


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