Vice President Joe Biden worked with President Barack Obama on many of the administration's domestic and international priorities. He oversaw the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and chaired the Middle-Class Task Force.
Vice President Biden's life of public service began at age 29 when he was elected as a senator from Delaware, becoming one of the youngest people ever elected to the U.S. Senate. In January, President Obama awarded Vice President Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with Distinction – the highest civilian honor in the U.S.
Since leaving office, Vice President Biden has established a foundation to continue his support for innovative cancer research and build on his lifelong commitment to protect and advance the rights and opportunities of all people through educational programming. Vice President Biden will also serve as the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he will lead the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, a new center focused principally on diplomacy, foreign policy, and national security. He will also serve as founding chair of the University of Delaware's Biden Institute, a new research and policy center focused on developing public policy solutions on issues ranging from economic reform and environmental sustainability to civil rights, criminal justice, women's rights and more.