, In May 2009, Obama announced that Biden would be in charge of an initiative to raise awareness about the value of community colleges. My life changed in an instant.  Then in May 2018, she gave a commencement address at Bishop State Community College in Alabama, telling the graduates that "Maybe like me, life got in the way and it's taken you a lot longer than you expected to get here today. JILL Biden, Joe Biden’s wife, received a Doctor of Education in educational leadership in 2007.  This was four and a half years after his first wife and infant daughter died in a motor vehicle accident; Joe had proposed several times before she accepted, as she was wary of entering the public spotlight, anxious to remain focused on her own career, and initially hesitant to take on the commitment of raising his two young sons who had survived the accident. Around this time there was also the question of whether Joe Biden would run for U.S. president.  She did not cut back on her teaching schedule and made few solo campaign appearances.  In July 2020, she spoke out about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education, appearing in a video with her husband to emphasize that she understood the frustrations that children, parents, and teachers were having with virtual education substitutes but saying that "Schools and parents alike want a clear, science-based strategy, not mixed messages and ultimatums.  It became one of the most successful college bars in the nation; in addition to local bands, musical artists who performed there included 1974, pre-Born to Run fame Bruce Springsteen as well as Chubby Checker and Tiny Tim.  Her students were often unaware of exactly who she was, referring to her simply as "Dr. In her autobiography Where The Light Enters, Joe's current wife Jill Biden describes how she had the pleasure of meeting Neilia just a month before her untimely demise.  In joint appearances, she sometimes spoke after he did, acting in the "closer" role. I hesitated to post on this story because it is based on one of the saddest events that life could possibly hand anyone.  A Town and Country magazine headline declared that "Jill Biden Might Just Be Joe Biden's Greatest Political Asset". ", "Bill Stevenson: Fair Weather for Stone Balloon", "Jill Biden Denies Ex-Husband's Claim She Had Affair With Joe Biden Before They Split", "Administrative, Instructional, and Student Services Personnel", "University of Delaware plays major role in national election", "Joe Biden still wants to be president. Dr Jill Biden is the wife of Mr Biden who will be by the President-Elect’s side when he becomes President. [c] Although he was nearly nine years her senior, she was impressed by his more formal appearance and manners compared to the college men she had known, and after their first date, she told her mother, "Mom, I finally met a gentleman. , Biden meeting with officers of the New York Army National Guard in 2009, Biden and Michelle Obama accompanying Haitian first lady Elisabeth Delatour Préval in Port-au-Prince, three months after the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake, Joe and Jill Biden walking in the inaugural parade along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2013, Biden meeting with the Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege in Bukavu in 2014, The former second couple launched the Biden Foundation in February 2017, with the purpose of allowing them to pursue the causes they cared most about, including focuses upon preventing violence against women, his moonshot initiative, and her interests in community colleges and military families.  The same month, the Bidens' daughter Ashley, a social worker and former staffer at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families, married Howard Krein. On November 6, 2012, Joe Biden was reelected to a second term as vice president.  Her parents labeled themselves as "agnostic realists" and did not attend church, but she often attended Sunday services at a Presbyterian church with her grandmother. Though she set out to study fashion merchandising at a junior college in Pennsylvania, Biden soon found her studies unsatisfying and left school. , Biden has regularly attended Mass with her husband at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine in Greenville, Delaware. With one of her stepsons in the military, Biden became involved with the nonprofit organization Delaware Boots on the Ground, which helps families during times of military deployment.  Throughout the time her husband was running for vice president, Jill Biden continued to teach four days a week at Delaware Technical & Community College during the fall 2008 semester and then campaigned over the long weekend while grading class papers on the campaign bus. , In the weeks leading up to the Iowa caucuses, she sometimes staged more campaign appearances in that state than her husband did. Since 2009, she has been a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College and is thought to be the first wife of a vice president to hold a paying job during her husband's tenure. I love the women who are coming back to school and getting their degrees, because they're so focused. Three years after the death of Joe's wife and daughter, his brother … Men and women, looking for comfort or empathy. , In June 2017, the couple bought a $2.7 million, off-the-water vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, near Cape Henlopen State Park, where they planned to host members of their extended family. In 1977, the Bidens were married. Joe Biden turned around and scolded Jill. [e]), Despite personally opposing the Iraq War, Biden had not wanted her husband to run in the 2004 presidential election, to the point where she interrupted one strategy meeting discussing the possibility by entering in a swimsuit with the word "NO" inscribed on her stomach. In 2010, she hosted the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges with President Obama and continued to work on related outreach for the administration as later seen with the 2012 Community College to Career bus tour. " Her husband was seen as a popular ex-vice president, and she received a standing ovation when she was a presenter at the 71st Tony Awards. Within two years, Biden was "itching" for more, according to an article in Vogue magazine, and decided to return to school.  In 1987, Biden received her second graduate degree, this one a Master of Arts in English from Villanova University.  This reflected her continuing distaste for both politics and public speaking, even though the Obama campaign considered her valuable in connecting to military families, teachers, and women. On December 18, 1972, 30-year-old Sen. Joe Biden received a telephone call notifying him that a car accident had taken the life of his wife and his 13-month-old daughter and seriously injured his two sons. She used her position as America's second lady to advocate for military families and community college outreach. WATCH: WATCH: Joe Biden … Neilia Hunter was a school teacher in the Syracuse, New York district and Joe Biden’s first wife. , Days later, Biden addressed the matter of women who had accused her husband of physical contact that had made them feel uncomfortable by saying, "I think what you don't realize is how many people approach Joe. , She and Joe Biden were married by a Catholic priest on June 17, 1977, at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City. He ultimately decided not to run, with the Democratic party nomination going to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. She went on to teach for three years at Claymont High School, and then at Delaware Technical and Community College. Joe and Jill Biden had their first date in March of 1975, and they married in June of 1977.". " She said she had experienced male intrusion on personal space herself in the past and that "I just sorta stepped aside. Can his family endure one last campaign? B.  The book has little political content, instead focusing on aspects of family. Biden was waving to a paltry group of supporters last night when Jill approached him from behind and startled him.  Within a couple of years, he opened the Stone Balloon in Newark, Delaware, near the University of Delaware.  They met on a blind date set up by Joe's brother Frank, who had known her in college, though Biden had seen her photograph in a local advertisement. © 2020 Biography and the Biography logo are registered trademarks of A&E Television Networks, LLC. ", "Biden offers tribute to late Rep. 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She graduated in 1969. , She continued to teach at NOVA, and by 2011 held a permanent position as an associate professor, teaching three English and writing composition courses two days per week. , In April 2011, she and Michelle Obama founded a national initiative, Joining Forces, to showcase the needs of U.S. military families. Having always enjoyed English classes in high school, Biden eventually earned two master's degrees in the subject and then a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware.  Ashley Biden is the daughter of president-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill. There was a time when women were afraid to speak out. ", Biden continued to teach at NOVA, handling a full load of five classes during the Fall 2015 semester.  In September 2011, Biden lent her support to USAID's FWD campaign, a push for awareness surrounding the deadly famine, war, and drought affecting over 13 million people in the Horn of Africa.  Asked about the stiff-arm she employed, she said, "I'm a good Philly girl.  She has reiterated that she plans to continue teaching, which would make her the first wife of a sitting US president to hold a paying job outside the White House. Biden helped her husband raise his two sons from a previous marriage, and they had a daughter of their own, Ashley, in 1981. She married Bill Stevenson, a former college football player, in February 1970; she became known as Jill Stevenson. The two decided to attend the University of Delaware together, and Biden majored in English.  On the second night of the virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention, Biden spoke from the classroom at Brandywine High School, where she had once taught English. '" During Joe Biden's 2008 campaign to be the Democratic nominee, she continued to teach during the week and would join him for campaigning on weekends. It became one of the most successful college bars in the nation; in addition to local bands, musical artists who performed there included a 19…  In all, she spent thirteen years teaching in public high school. For the Jewish activist, see, Education and career, marriages and family, In August 2020, Stevenson stated to media outlets that this oft-told story about how Joe and Jill met was made up: that he and Jill had known Joe Biden and his first wife Neilia going back to 1972, that he had asked County Councilman Biden for help with a liquor license and had held a fund-raiser for his 1972 Senate campaign, and that Joe and Jill had begun an affair in 1974 before he and Jill had separated. And that's the bottom line. , The Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign was officially announced on April 25, 2019. Neilia Hunter was a school teacher in the Syracuse, New York district and Joe Biden’s first wife. , She continued to teach and worked on a master's degree at West Chester State College, taking one course per semester. She intended to study fashion merchandising, but found it unsatisfying. Professor Jill Biden is the wife of the 46th president-elect and former vice president Joe Biden. Around the same time, Joe Biden was working through heartbreak of his own: just weeks after being elected senator in 1972, his wife, Neilia, and 1-year-old daughter, Naomi, died in a car accident.  Her dissertation, Student Retention at the Community College: Meeting Students' Needs, was published under the name Jill Jacobs-Biden.  She then took a year off from college and did some modeling work for a local agency in Wilmington. It just feels really comfortable to me.  In March 2016, she headed the official party that welcomed American astronaut Scott Kelly back to Earth from his almost full year in space. Joe … Professor Jill Biden is the wife of the 46th president-elect and former vice president Joe Biden. Stevenson said he first suspected an affair in 1974, when his wife …  In White House announcements and by her preference, she was referred to as "Dr. Jill Biden. Jill Biden has maintained her work as an advocate for military families and has also traveled abroad, having focused on the rights and welfare of girls and women in Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone. Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, have confirmed that they will be moving a cat, in addition to their two dogs, into the White House in January 2021. Jill Tracy Jacobs was born on June 3, 1951,[a] in Hammonton, New Jersey.  Courtney O’Donnell, a former spokesperson for Howard Dean and Elizabeth Edwards, was named her communications director and Kirsten White, a lawyer at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, her policy director. , Biden continued to teach at NOVA during 2019, at one point telling a reporter, "I'm here grading research papers in between interviews. No, the man didn't have some sort of messy divorce.  In the early 1990s, she taught English at Brandywine High School in Wilmington; several of her students there later recalled her as genuinely caring about them. ", An examination by The New York Times of her e-mails while second lady concluded that, "she shared the perks of the White House with her teaching colleagues, arranging for tickets to White House events like a garden visit and a holiday tour. ", With her husband having become the presumptive Democratic nominee, in June 2020, she published the children's book Joey: The Story of Joe Biden, which portrayed him as having been "brave and adventurous" as a child despite having a stutter that he was bullied for. " She also attracted attention by saying that "It's time to move on" concerning her husband's role in 1991 regarding Anita Hill and the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination. She spent the majority of her childhood, however, in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, with her parents and four younger sisters. The relationship of Joe and Jill Biden is well documented. After the Election 2020 results in November, Americans have been curious to know more about Jill Biden, Joe Biden’s wife and the first full-time teacher to …  She will become the first ever Italian American first lady. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was born November 20, 1942, at St. Mary's Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania,: 5 to Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Biden (née Finnegan) and Joseph Robinette Biden Sr. He also served as Barack Obama's vice president from 2008-2016. Joe Biden nearly fell over after being startled by his handler wife Jill last night. Former U.S. congressman and governor of Indiana, Mike Pence was elected vice president of the United States with President Donald Trump in 2016. https://www.biography.com/political-figure/jill-biden. Biden Has Described Neilia as His ‘Very Best Friend’ & ‘My Sensuous Lover’ Over the years, Biden has …  She indicated that she intended to resume teaching at NOVA even if her husband were to be elected. As the wife of U.S. vice president Joe Biden, she was America's second lady and helped raise awareness about supporting military families, education and women's issues. First elected to the presidency in 2008, he won a second term in 2012. 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President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden recorded a special message for Thanksgiving posted on YouTube with the title "Thankful" on … Dr. Jill Biden has been by Joe Biden's side since before his tenure as vice president, and even before his first run for president in 1987.  The Bidens' daughter Ashley Blazer was born on June 8, 1981, and Jill stopped working for two years while raising the three children. Biden married his first wife Neilia Hunter on Aug. 27, 1966.  She began working at age 15, which included waitressing in Ocean City, New Jersey. , Growing up in the Philadelphia metropolitan area gave her a partial Philadelphia accent and a lifelong interest in rooting for Philadelphia sports teams. In response to Stevenson's statement, a spokesman for Jill Biden said in September 2020: "These claims are fictitious, seemingly to sell and promote a book.  She attended Upper Moreland High School, whereby her own later description, she was somewhat rebellious and enjoyed her social life and being a prankster. " Meanwhile, she was going through turbulent divorce proceedings with Stevenson; the court case ended with her not getting the half-share in the Stone Balloon she had wanted.  After experiencing a number of victories around the nation, she gained some media attention at the March 3 Super Tuesday primaries during her husband's speech when she physically blocked a protester from getting at him. The facts are that Joe Biden’s wife accidentally drove into the path of the tractor-trailer. The two met in the Bahamas while Biden was visiting Nassau on spring break.  In June 2012, she published a children's book, Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops, based around her stepson Beau's deployment. In February 2012, she staged a "Community College to Career" bus tour with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis that aimed to showcase alliances between community colleges and local and regional businesses.  By her own account, Biden was disappointed by his decision, believing her husband was highly qualified for the position, and "would have been the best president. That he maybe shouldn't approach them.  Around this time she spent five months working in Biden's Senate office; this included weekly trips with the senator's mobile outreach operation to the southern portions of the state. ", Catherine Russell, a former adviser to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was named Biden's chief of staff for her role as second lady.  She was selected to give the keynote address at a commencement for Milwaukee Area Technical College in May 2017. , In May 2015, her stepson Beau Biden died from brain cancer. American educator and academic, former Second Lady of the United States, "Jill Jacobs" redirects here. Biden has received a half dozen honorary degrees as well as a few other awards. , During her second term, Biden continued to be involved with supporting military personnel, including staging multiple visits to the Center for the Intrepid rehabilitation facility for amputees and attending the inaugural Invictus Games in London.  She drew parallels between family suffering and the plight of the country, saying, "How do you make a broken family whole?  In the following 15 years, the organization informed more than 7,000 high school girls about proper breast health. , She then returned to work, teaching English, acting as a reading specialist, and teaching history to emotionally disabled students. " She told a colleague, "My standard line when students ask me if I am married to the VP is to say that I am one of his relatives.  But following George W. Bush's reelection in 2004, she urged her husband to run again for president, later saying: "I literally wore black for a week. " She staged appearances without her husband in early contest states such as Iowa, in some cases accompanied by a granddaughter. Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States, and the first African American to serve in the office.  By 2019, the couple reported some $15 million in income since leaving the vice presidency, including $700,000 in speaking engagements for herself. Jill, maiden name Jill Jacobs, was born in … Jacobs enrolled in Brandywine Junior College in Pennsylvania for one semester. That same year, tragedy struck when Biden’s first wife, Neilia, and infant daughter were killed in a car crash. 7 … – Take note @Wikipedia!  She intended to study fashion merchandising but found it unsatisfying. She is married to Joe Biden, the president-elect of the United States, who is set to be inaugurated on January 20, 2021, at which time she will become first lady. Dunn was the tractor-trailer driver involved in the December 1972 accident that took the life of the newly-elected U.S. Senator’s first wife, Neilia Biden, and 13-month-old daughter, Naomi. She wore a Blue Star Mothers Club pin in recognition of Beau Biden's deployment to Iraq.  Their ability to purchase this family property was due in part to deals they signed with Flatiron Books upon leaving office, with Biden contracted to write one book and her husband two. B. ... it's totally different. ", "Colleagues see a caring, giving Jill Biden", "Donald C. Jacobs, 72; Ran Savings And Loan In Phila", "Jill Biden, dalla Sicilia alla Casa Bianca: chi è la 'Philly girl' moglie del nuovo presidente", "Jill Biden Set to Become the First Italian American First Lady", "Jill Biden tries to close the deal for her husband, one tiny Iowa town at a time", "In Iowa, a Former Second Lady Campaigns to Be the First", "Jill Biden Heads Toward Life in the Spotlight", "Upper Moreland grad Jill Biden in campaign limelight", "On the record: New Castle County: Civil", "Jill Biden is finally ready to be first lady. Beau Biden, a former attorney general of Delaware, was the son of president-elect Joe Biden and also served in the National Guard. ", In May 2019, her memoir Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself was published. , She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, in English, from the University of Delaware in 1975. Jefferson Davis was a 19th century U.S. senator best known as the president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Joe Biden has weathered more family tragedies than any man should have to endure and, central to his story, is the death of his first wife Neilia, the … If you know anything about Joe Biden, then you probably know he is happily married to Dr. Jill Biden. She wore a silk blue gown by Vera Wang when she appeared at the inaugural balls in January 2013.  She attracted notice during one campaign stop in New Hampshire when she emphasized the electability argument in favor of her husband, saying, "you know, your candidate might be better on, I don't know, health care, than Joe is, but you've got to look at who's going to win this election, and maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, 'OK, I personally like so-and-so better,' but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump.  His family name had originally been Giacoppo or Giacoppa before her Sicilian grandfather changed it. Jill and Joe Biden have one daughter together, Ashley Blazer Biden, a 39-year-old activist, social worker and fashion designer.  A civil divorce was granted in May 1975.  She married Bill Stevenson, a former college football player, in February 1970; she became known as Jill Stevenson. , She switched her enrollment to the University of Delaware, in its College of Arts and Sciences, where she declared English as her major. With love and understanding and with small acts of kindness, with bravery, with unwavering faith.  That same month, she was named board chair of Save the Children; she said, "I think [their] emphasis on education fits with my life's work. The Bidens confirmed the news to CBS Sunday Morning , which stated that the cat will live with them and their two German shepherds at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, DC. [d] She began her career being employed as a substitute teacher in the Wilmington school system, then taught high school English full-time for a year at St. Mark's High School in Wilmington.  She has said of teaching at a community college, "I feel like I can make a greater difference in their lives.  The couple also substantially increased their charitable giving during this period.  In August 2010, Biden appeared as herself in an episode of Lifetime's Army Wives, making it part of her campaign to raise awareness of military families. 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This was completed when, while pregnant, she received a Master of Education with a specialty in reading from West Chester in 1981. … Joe Biden is the president-elect of the United States. Within a couple of years, he opened the Stone Balloon in Newark, Delaware, near the University of Delaware. In the spring of 1975, Biden was set up on a blind date with then-U.S. , Despite moving to Number One Observatory Circle (the official vice presidential residence in Washington) as Second Lady of the United States, Biden intended to keep teaching at a Washington-area community college, and several of them recruited her.  She also said that she took an apolitical stance when she was with her husband and would not seek inclusion in Cabinet meetings. She has a bachelor's degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Delaware, as well as master's degrees from West Chester University and Villanova University. Around the same time, she married Bill Stevenson, a boy she had begun dating in the summer of 1969 — the same year she had graduated from high school. , She met Senator Joe Biden in March 1975. Joe Biden’s first wife and young daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972.  Her father, Donald Carl Jacobs (1927–1999), was a bank teller and U.S. Navy signalman during World War II who then used the G.I. She also wrote about how unfair the situation was. ", She was heavily involved in the vice-presidential selection process that resulted in Senator Kamala D. Harris being chosen. Sources sometimes report Jill Biden's college graduation as occurring in 1974; Some sources characterize the couple as being Catholics. She wrote about her "easy, natural beauty" and her warm smile. , In the 2012 U.S. presidential election, in which her husband was running for re-election as vice president, Biden played a modest role. " Biden did some book signings to help promote the work.  It has been rare for second ladies to work while their spouses serve as vice president, and Biden is believed to have been the first second lady to hold a paying job while her husband was vice president.
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