PROFILE: US President-elect Joe Biden

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On Saturday, Joe Biden won the United States elections against the current President Donald Trump. Biden received the highest electoral votes as well as the popular vote. His running mate, Kamala Harris will be the first female Vice President of the US.

Facts about Biden:

  • He received over 75 million votes, the highest ever in a US presidential election
  • Biden will be the oldest US president to be inaugurated
  • Prior to the 2020 campaign, he first ran for president in 1987 and again in 2008
  • He will be inaugurated as the 46 US president in January 2021
  • Biden served as the 47th US Vice President from 2009 until 2017 to former president Barack Obama
  • He was a US Senator from 1973 until 2009, having been re-elected six times
  • In 2017, Obama awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom


Born on 20 November 1942, Biden spent his childhood in Philadelphia and then moved to Delaware when he was 10-years-old. He graduated at Syracuse University in 1968 and earned a law degree.

Biden lost his first wife Neilia and baby daughter Naomi in a car accident in 1972. His two sons Beau and Hunter were also in the vehicle but survived. His oldest son Beau, died of brain cancer in 2015.

He married his second wife Jill Biden in 1977 and together they have a daughter named Ashley. The soon-to-be First Lady is an educator by career, working as an English professor at a community college.

In the video below, US President-elect Joe Biden delivers his victory speech