About Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden is one of our country’s most experienced and effective elected leaders, serving under President Barack Obama from 2008-2016 after a long career in public service as a U.S. Senator from Delaware.

As a candidate for President, Biden has developed plans on a number of issues that matter to SEIU members and our families. He has committed to:

  • Bring union members and industry together to figure out how to allow more working people to form unions and explore negotiating industry-wide contracts that could improve the lives of thousands of workers who currently don’t have a union.
  • Address the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring paid sick leave, widespread availability of testing, access to affordable preventive care and treatment, and investment in a vaccine.
  • Support major police reform legislation and tie federal funding of police departments to police conduct. Biden supports efforts to change the role of police in our communities--who are often called to respond to mental health, substance abuse and homelessness crises--that would be better addressed by others and wants to expand the power of the Justice Department to address systemic misconduct in police departments and prosecutors’ offices.
  • Support a $15 minimum wage and make it easier for working people to form unions.
  • Expand access to healthcare by building on the benefits and protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), lowering the cost of healthcare plans available to working families through the ACA as well as the cost of prescription drugs, creating a public health insurance option for people who don’t have employer-sponsored healthcare or other private insurance, and partnering with healthcare workers to increase wages for workers who are essential, but underpaid, like home care workers.
  • Support the Green New Deal, which was also endorsed by SEIU members, to reduce toxic pollution in our communities and slow climate change, while investing to create millions of new union jobs in clean energy, transportation, infrastructure and more.
  • Ensure fair and humane treatment of immigrants, keep families together, end draconian enforcement measures, renew our commitment to asylum-seekers and refugees, and at long-last enact a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented people.

His story began in Scranton, Pennsylvania where he grew up in a working family, the oldest of four children. When he was 10, the Biden family moved to Delaware for better job opportunities, and it’s the state he has called home ever since. After attending college and law school, he began his career as a public defender and a County Council member in Wilmington, Delaware.

At 29 years old, he became the youngest person ever elected to the U.S. Senate. Just after his election in 1972, the Biden family experienced a terrible tragedy when his wife and young daughter were killed and his two sons were critically injured in a car accident. He was sworn into the U.S. Senate from the hospital where his sons were recovering from their injuries.

Joe Biden had a distinguished 36 year career in the U.S. Senate, where he:

  • Introduced one of the first climate change bills to protect the environment and our health.
  • Led the effort to pass the Violence Against Women Act, creating resources to support women who’ve been assaulted and criminalizing violence against women.
  • Supported legislation that makes it easier to register to vote.

Elected Vice President in 2008, Biden was a leader in the effort to pass the Affordable Care Act which helped millions of Americans get affordable healthcare and instituted protections for people with preexisting conditions. In 2015, after the devastating loss of Biden's eldest son Beau to brain cancer, President Obama tapped the Vice President to spearhead a national effort for breakthrough advances in cancer prevention, research and treatment.