Joe Biden served as the 47th vice president from 2009-2017. Prior to that, he served as a senator from Delaware for 36 years. He was also a public defender and a county councilmember.
Previous Work Around Poverty and Opportunity
- Drafted the 1994 Violence Against Women Act.
- Co-sponsored legislation developing a strategy for ending global extreme poverty.
On the Issues
Jobs: Has stressed income inequality, empowering workers through changes such as ending noncompete clauses, improving infrastructure and educational systems and a “race-to-the top” plan to promote entrepreneurship as key priorities for creating a healthier economy.
Criminal Justice: As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he played a key role in the passage of the sweeping and bipartisan 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. The bill has received criticism from some for being too punitive and exacerbating mass incarceration. As highlighted above, has been an advocate for legislation around violence against women.
“Joe Biden Fast Facts” (CNN: 04/04/2019)
“Joe Biden 2020: Where does he stand on the big issues for Democrats?” (Delaware Online: 3/6/2019)
“Joe Biden: White America ‘has to admit there’s still a systemic racism’” (ABC News: 1/21/2019)
“Vice President Joe Biden’s 5 ideas for helping America’s middle class” (Brookings Institute: 5/9/2018)