Simply 46

Joe Biden’s rise to presidency.

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore.

Joe Biden, a 77-year-old politician, is a familiar face to the American people after his time serving as vice president to Barack Obama. Biden has become a household name especially now that he has opposed Donald Trump for the role of the 46th President of the United States. 

Before Biden’s rise to fame, he was born in 1942 and raised in Pennsylvania. In 1965, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and then he continued on to Syracuse University where he earned his law degree in 1968. 

After getting his law degree, Biden returned to Delaware and served on the New Castle county council for two years. Then, in 1972, he was elected into the Senate and after he was re-elected six times, making him the longest-serving Senator in the history of Delaware.

Over the course of his time as a Senator, Biden’s main commitments were toward drug policies, criminal justice, and foreign relations.  During this period, he served as chair for the Committee on the Judiciary and the Foreign Relations Committee. 

It was not until 2009 that Biden resigned from the Senate and became Vice President for Barack Obama. In 2012, the Obama-Biden administration won re-election and went on to serve another term. 

Then in April of 2019, Joe Biden announced his running for presidency against the incumbent president, Donald Trump. His platform has consisted of focuses on affordable health care, containment of COVID-19 and reversing the effects of climate change. 

On the matter of healthcare, Biden’s plan is to keep the Affordable Care Act which was passed under Obama’s administration and protect it from any attacks for its removal. 

On the Biden-Harris campaign website JoeBiden.com, they have laid out their approach to COVID-19 in the form of a seven-point plan:

 1.) Fix the current Coronavirus testing situation to ensure that everyone has access to reliable and free testing.

 2.) Fix personal protective equipment problems by using the Defense Production Act to increase the production of masks, face shields, and other protective equipment.

 3.) Provide national guidance for how communities should handle the pandemic which is clear and evidence-based. Also, provide proper resources for schools, small businesses, and families. 

4.) Plan for the distribution of treatments and vaccines. 

5.) Ensure protections for the elderly, immune compromised, and other high risk populations.

 6.) Rebuild and expand on defenses to predict, prevent, and contain pandemic threats. 

7.) Implement nationwide mask mandates through working with local governments. 

In order to tackle the issue of climate change, Joe Biden has come up with ‘The Biden Plan’. This plan follows a similar framework to ‘The Green New Deal’ which was introduced to the U.S. by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward J. Markey, but Biden claims that if followed, it will ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions no later than 2050. 

With a new president comes new change and opportunities. Now, the American people will just have to wait and see what this former Vice President will do with his time as President.