Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was first elected to the United States Senate in 1972 at the age of 29 and is today recognized as one of the nation’s most powerful and influential voices on foreign relations, terrorism, drug policy, and crime prevention.
Biden has played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy for over three decades. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he is a student of history, respected at home and abroad for his approach to the complexities of American foreign policy issues.
A strong leader on anti-crime and drug policy, Biden has been instrumental in crafting virtually every major piece of crime legislation over the past two decades, including the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, also known as the Biden Crime Law, which dramatically increased funds spent on law enforcement. He is the author of the landmark Violence against Women Act of 2000 which contains ground-breaking measures to combat domestic violence and provides billions of dollars in federal funds to address gender-based crimes. Biden, who serves as co-chairman of the International Narcotics Control Caucus, wrote the law creating the nation's “drug czar” who oversees and coordinates national drug control policy.
Biden is also widely recognized for his work on environmental protection and education policy. He has been a staunch supporter of college aid and loan programs and has offered legislation to allow families to deduct up to $10,000 per year in higher education expenses on their annual income tax returns.
Biden graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965 and from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1968.