Jill Biden Biography
Jill Biden born Jill Tracy Jacobs is an American educator who served as Second Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 47th Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden.
Jill Biden Education
Jill Biden attended Upper Moreland High School, where she was somewhat rebellious and enjoyed her social life, but always liked English class. She graduated in 1969.
She then enrolled in a junior college in Pennsylvania to study fashion merchandising, but soon found it unsatisfying.
She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, master’s degrees from Villanova University and West Chester University, and a doctoral degree from the University of Delaware.
She taught English and reading in high schools for 13 years, including 3 years at Claymont High School. She also taught adolescent program at the Rockford Center psychiatric hospital for five years in the 1980s. From 1993 to 2008, Biden was an English and writing instructor at Delaware Technical & Community College.
Since 2009, Biden has been a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College and is thought to be the first Second Lady to hold a paying job while her husband was Vice President.
Jill Biden Age | How Old Is Jill Biden?
She was born on June 3, 1951 in Hammonton, New Jersey, United States. She is 67 years old as of 2018.
Jill Biden Height | How Tall Is Jill Biden?
She stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m).
Jill Biden Family
Biden was born in Hammonton, New Jersey, and grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Donald C. Jacobs and Bonny Jean Jacobs. Her father was a bank teller who became head of a savings and loan in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. His family name had originally been Giacoppa before her Italian grandfather anglicized it. Her mother was a homemaker. Jill has four younger sisters
Jill Biden Husband | Joe And Jill Biden | Jill And Joe Biden
Jill Biden is married to Joe Biden, who served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. The two met on a blind date set up by Joe’s brother, though Biden had seen her photograph in a local advertisement. They got married by a Catholic priest on June 17, 1977, at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City. This was four and a half years after his first wife, Neilla Hunter, and infant daughter died in a motor vehicle accident.
Joe Biden had proposed several times before she accepted, hesitant to take on the commitment of raising his two young sons who had survived the accident. They had their daughter, Ashley, born in 1981, and Jill stopped working for two years while raising the three children.
As of March 2019, her husband, Biden, was reported to be actively considering a 2020 presidential run, and a CNN poll placed him as the most popular potential Democratic presidential candidate in a pool of likely contenders.
Bill Stevenson Jill Biden | Jill Biden First Husband
Jill was previously married to Bill Stevenson, a former college football player, in February 1970. Within a couple of years Stevenson opened the Stone Balloon in Newark, Delaware, near the University of Delaware which became one of the most successful college bars in the nation. After six years of marriage the couple divorced.
Jill Biden Children
Jill is a mother of one daughter, Ashley, and stepmother to Biden’s two sons from his first marriage, Beau and Hunter, whose mother and baby sister died in a car accident in 1972.
Jill Biden Daughter
Biden’s daughter, Ashley Blazer, born in 1981 is a social worker and staffer at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families.
Jill Biden Net Worth
Her net worth has not yet been publicly disclosed. However, her husband has an estimated net worth of $900,000.
Jill Biden Religion
Biden is Roman Catholic and regularly attend Mass at St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine in Greenville, Delaware.
Jill Biden Book
- 2012: Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops: With Audio Recording
- 2019: Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself
Jill Biden Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself
An intimate look at the love that built the Biden family and the delicate balancing act of the woman at its center
“How did you get this number?” Those were the first words Jill Biden spoke to U.S. senator Joe Biden when he called her out of the blue to ask her on a date.
Growing up, Jill had wanted two things: a marriage like her parents’—strong, loving, and full of laughter—and a career. An early heartbreak had left her uncertain about love, until she met Joe. But as they grew closer, Jill faced difficult questions: How would politics shape her family and professional life? And was she ready to become a mother to Joe’s two young sons?
She soon found herself falling in love with her three “boys,” learning to balance life as a mother, wife, educator, and political spouse. Through the challenges of public scrutiny, complicated family dynamics, and personal losses, she grew alongside her family, and she extended the family circle at every turn: with her students, military families, friends and staff at the White House, and more.
This is the story of how Jill built a family—and a life—of her own. From the pranks she played to keep everyone laughing to the traditions she formed that would carry them through tragedy, hers is the spirited journey of a woman embracing many roles.
Where the Light Enters is a candid, heartwarming glimpse into the creation of a beloved American family, and the life of a woman at its center.
Expected on: May 7, 2019
Author: Jill Biden
Genres: Biography, Autobiography
Jill Biden And Michelle Obama
In April 2011, Jill Biden and Michelle Obama founded a national initiative, Joining Forces, to showcase the needs of U.S. military families.
Jill Biden Young
Jill Biden Organization
Biden is president of the Biden Breast Health Initiative, a nonprofit organization that provides educational breast health awareness programs free of charge to schools and other groups in the state of Delaware.
In 2007, Biden co-founded the Book Buddies, which provides books for low-income children, and has been very active in Delaware Boots on the Ground, an organization that supports military families.
Biden runs five miles, five times a week, and she has run in the Marine Corps Marathon.
Jill Biden Twitter
Jill Biden Interview
Jill Biden Talks Biden Cancer Initiative
Interviewer:Nearly half a century ago, President Nixon declared a war on cancer. All these years and billions of dollars later, a cure, at least a comprehensive or single cure, remains elusive. We’ve come to understand cancer as many diseases with many complex causes. Now, former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, who lost their son, Beau, to brain cancer, have launched the Biden Cancer Initiative. The initiative sponsored meetups all over the country last Friday. We met up with Jill Biden backstage at the Biden Cancer Summit here in Washington, D.C. Here’s our conversation.
So I was really struck by a quote in the promotional materials for the summit. It’s a quote from your husband, the former vice president, where he says, we are creating the cancer research and health care system that people think we already have. That’s kind of heartbreaking if you think of it. But I wanted to ask you. Did you – before you, unfortunately, got the experience that was so hard-won, did you think it was better than it was?
Jill Biden: You know, I had been so many – before Beau got sick, both my parents died of cancer. My sister went through a stem cell transplant. So, really, I had been in the system a lot. I guess the biggest thing that was the disappointment to me was I felt that something was going to happen. There was going to be some new solutions, some new trial that Beau would get into that would change the outcome, you know? So I guess I had more hope, but I knew the system.
Interviewer: I think a lot of people will remember the cancer moonshot, which was launched during the Obama administration…
Jill Biden: Right.
Interviewer: The goals were to speed research, make more therapies available to patients, improve prevention and detection. Now that you are out of government, how does the Biden Cancer Initiative track with that? Is the aim to raise funds? Is it to raise consciousness? What can you do out of government that you couldn’t do when you were in it?
Jill Biden: No. Our aim is to pull people together. I mean, the whole theme of our summit that we’re having today is the urgency of now. And the beauty I think of what Joe did in the administration, in the moonshot is that he brought people together. He brought all the government agencies together. And so people saw his strength in that area. So once we left the administration, people came up to me and to Joe and said, hey, wait a minute. What are you doing with the cancer thing? And we said, well, what do you mean? I mean, we had not planned on doing cancer advocacy. But people said we need somebody who can bring people together.
And so that, really, I see as our strength. I mean, Joe does create compromise and collaboration. And that’s one of the most important parts of it, that we bring together scientists, researchers, drug companies, all kinds of cancer organizations to work together because if we start to share the data – I mean, that’s the big thing, share, break down the silos – then we can look – change the face of cancer faster.
Interviewer: Now, you both talked about this as an apolitical organization. But I have to ask. Is that – given the way our health care system operates, doesn’t this suggest that there needs to be a political solution that requires people to work together?
Jill Biden: You know, cancer is bipartisan. I mean, there are so many people whose lives are touched and changed by cancer that people are willing to work together to find cures, find solutions, make lives better for cancer patients. So I think people put politics aside. This isn’t a political thing. This is a life issue.
Interviewer: Do you feel like you’re making progress, that you and the vice president are making progress?
Jill Biden: You mean personally?
Interviewer: In achieving the goals that you…
Jill Biden: Yes.
Interviewer: …Have set for yourself…
Jill Biden: Absolutely.
Interviewer: …In this initiative.
Jill Biden: Yes. Absolutely.
Interviewer: What makes you say that? What makes you feel that…
Jill Biden: Well, look at this summit. I mean, we just started this a year ago. And to have, across this country, across this globe, 450 community summits – you know? People are hungry for information. So, yeah, I feel really good about this, and I feel hopeful.
Interviewer: Well, thank you so much for talking with us…
Jill Biden: Oh, thanks.
Interviewer: It’s been a real pleasure to see you.
Jill Biden: Thank you (laughter).
Interviewer: And good luck with everything…
Jill Biden: Thanks.
Interviewer: And if I may, I would like to say – on behalf of all the people who care about you – we are still so very sorry for your loss…
Jill Biden: Oh, thanks.
Adopted from: www.npr.org