Joe Biden and wife Jill have been married for over four decades now, but how did the President and his First Lady meet? Not only did Jill Biden go from Second Lady to First, but it's believed that she's the first wife of a vice president or president to carry on holding a salaried position during her husband's presidency.
HELLO! takes a closer look at Dr Jill Biden and all her accomplishments.
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Where is Jill Biden from?
Born in Hammonton, New Jersey, Jill moved to Delaware for college. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 1975.
How old is Jill Biden?
Jill was born in 1951, meaning she turned 72 years old on June 3rd. This makes her eight years younger than husband Joe.
How long have Joe Biden and Jill Biden been married?
Joe and Jill have been married for 46 years, tying the knot in 1977 at the United Nations chapel in New York City during an intimate ceremony.
Joe famously proposed to Jill five times before she said yes, with Jill explaining that she "really felt that this marriage had to work".
She told Vogue: "By that time, of course, I had fallen in love with the boys, and I really felt that this marriage had to work. Because they had lost their mom, and I couldn’t have them lose another mother."
How did Joe Biden and Jill Biden meet?
Joe and Jill were set up on a blind date by Joe's brother Frank, but she wasn't smitten straight away, telling the New York Times: "The guys I had dated had bell bottoms and clogs. When Joe showed up at my door, I took one look at his perfect suit and his leather loafers and I thought: 'Thank God it’s only one date.'"
Do Joe Biden and Jill Biden have any children?
The power couple share one child, a daughter named Ashley. Ashley was born in 1981, and is a social worker and philanthropist who prefers to keep out of the spotlight.
Does Jill Biden have any stepchildren?
Jill Biden is step-mum to Joe's son Hunter from a previous relationship, and was also Joe's late son Beau's step-mum. Beau tragically passed away from a brain tumour in 2015.
Was Jill Biden married before?
Jill Biden wed college footballer player Bill Stevenson in 1970, but they divorced in 1975.
What is Jill Biden's job?
Jill Biden is an educator at the top of her field. After graduating from the University of Delaware, she started working in local schools as an English teacher and even at a psychiatric hospital.
In 1981 the doting mother earned her first master's degree in reading from West Chester University. She was awarded her second in English in 1987 from Villanova University. She balanced her studies with raising her family.
For 15 years Jill taught English Composition at Delaware Technical and Community College, and in 2007 earned her doctorate in education from the University of Delaware.
While she was Second Lady, Jill still worked as a full-time teacher at Northern Virginia Community College, and the mother-of-one is thought to be the first Second Lady in history to have held a paying job.
Does Jill Biden continue to teach as First Lady?
Jill confirmed to CBS that she intends to still work as an educator.
"If we get to the White House, I’m going to continue to teach. It’s important, and I want people to value teachers and know their contributions and lift up their profession," she told the channel.
What causes does Jill Biden support as First Lady?
Like all First Ladies before her, Jill Biden takes an active role in championing specific causes that impact America. As an educator, Jill advocates for increased educational opportunities.
The First Lady also supports military families through the White House initiative Joining Forces of which she said in 2021: "We have an all-volunteer force—and it continues only because generations of Americans see the honor, dignity, and patriotism of military service. How can we hope to keep our military strong if we don’t give our families, survivors, and caregivers what they need to thrive?"
Jill co-founded Joining Forces with former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Another key initiative she helps with is Cancer Moonshot, which works to end cancer "as we know it". Jill has been a vocal advocate for vaccination against COVID-19 and how to safely reopen schools after the pandemic.