Here is a look at the life of Vice President Joe Biden.
Personal: Birth date: November 20, 1942
Birth place: Scranton, Pennsylvania
Birth name: Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.
Father: Joseph Robinette Biden, Sr., car salesman
Mother: Catherine Eugenia (Finnegan) Biden
Marriages: Jill (Jacobs) Biden (June 17, 1977-present); Neilia (Hunter) Biden (August 27, 1966-December 18, 1972, her death)
Children: with Jill: Ashley, June 8, 1981; with Neilia: Naomi Christina, November 8, 1971-December 18, 1972; Robert Hunter, February 4, 1970; Joseph Robinette "Beau", III, February 3, 1969
Education: University of Delaware, B.A., 1965; Syracuse University Law School, J.D., 1968
Religion: Roman Catholic
Other Facts: Biden's son Beau is the Attorney General of Delaware.
Had a stuttering problem as a child.
Timeline: 1968-1970 - Defense attorney for criminal cases in Wilmington, Delaware.
1970-1972 - Serves on the New Castle County Council in Delaware.
1972 - Is first elected to the Senate at age 29, defeating Republican Senator J. Caleb Boggs. Wins reelection in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008.
December 18, 1972 - While Christmas shopping, Biden's first wife, Neilia Hunter, and daughter Naomi are killed in a car accident. His sons Beau and Hunter are badly injured, but survive.
January 5, 1973 - Is sworn in as U.S. senator to Delaware at son Beau's bedside in the hospital.
1987-1995 - Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
June 9, 1987 - Enters the 1988 presidential race, but drops out three months later following reports of plagiarism and false claims about his academic record.
February 1988 - Undergoes surgery to repair an aneurysm in an artery that supplies blood to the brain.
2001-2003 - Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
2002 - Votes to authorize military intervention in Iraq, but later becomes a vocal critic of the conflict.
2007-2009 - Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
January 31, 2007 - Files a statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission to run for president.
August 1, 2007 - Releases his memoir, "Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics."