Jill Biden, an educator and advocate for military families, became the first lady of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021.
Biden has earned two masters degrees and a doctorate in education. She has helped bring awareness to the importance of community colleges in America’s education system, the sacrifices made by military service members and their families, as well as to issues of particular importance to women, including breast cancer.
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Jill Biden was born Jill Tracy Jacobs in Hammonton, New Jersey in 1951, but spent the majority of her childhood in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, with her parents and four younger sisters.
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After her brief first marriage ended in the early '70s, Jill Biden was set up on a blind date in 1975 with then-U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, a widower with two small children. They married in 1977 and had a daughter of their own, Ashley, in 1981.
<BR><BR>Jill Biden, Beau Biden and Hunter Biden look on as Sen. Joe Biden holds his daughter Ashley while taking a mock oath of office from Vice President George Bush on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Jan. 3, 1985.
Jill Biden walks with Sen. Joe Biden after he announced his first of three presidential campaigns on June 9, 1987, in Wilmington, Del. Sen. Biden withdrew from the presidential race on Sept. 23, of the same year.
In the early years of her marriage to Joe Biden, Jill Biden continued her work in education, teaching adolescents with emotional disabilities for five years.<BR><BR>Jill Biden and Sen. Joseph Biden stand outside Walter Reed Army Medical Center after he was discharged to recuperate from aneurysm repair surgery on Feb. 23, 1988, in Washington, D.C.
On Aug. 22, 2008, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama announced that Sen. Joe Biden would be his running mate in the 2008 presidential election.
In this image, Sen. Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Sen. Barack Obama and Michelle Obama wave to the crowd after Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Aug. 28, 2008.
Jill Biden has been a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College since 2009, the same year her husband was sworn in as vice president after Barack Obama's 2008 presidential win.
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive at President Barack Obama's Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in Washington, Jan. 20, 2009.
As America's second lady, Biden hosted the first White House Summit on Community Colleges with President Obama in 2010.
President Barack Obama walks with Jill Biden before they board Marine One on Sept. 21, 2009, in Washington, D.C.
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Jill Biden and her husband Vice President Joe Biden watch Game 3 of the 2009 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies on Oct. 31, 2009, in Philadelphia.
The Bidens are strong supporters of those in the military and their families. Beau Biden served in the National Guard and was deployed to Iraq. Hunter Biden served in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Jill Biden has been involved in several nonprofit military support organizations, such as Delaware Boots on the Ground, which provides assistance to military members and families during deployment and peacetime.
Jill Biden sits with second grader Madison LaValle during a visit to Fort Belvoir Elementary School with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on June 22, 2010, in Fort Belvoir, Va.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, second lady Jill Biden and first lady Michelle Obama prepare to speak at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in San Francisco, Oct. 25, 2010.
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In 2011, Jill Biden and first lady Michelle Obama launched Joining Forces, an initiative that provided educational and employment resources as well as health and wellness services to military personnel and their families.
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Jill Biden has traveled abroad to various countries in Africa and Asia, advocating for the rights, welfare and educational opportunities for girls and women.
<BR><BR>Biden sits with Somali refugees at a UNHCR screening center outside a refugee camp located near the Somali border in Kenya, Aug. 8, 2011.
As part of her continuing work to highlight the importance of community colleges in America’s education system, Jill Biden embarked on a "Community College to Career" bus tour in 2012.
In this photo, Biden and Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis greet supporters during their Kentucky stop along the "Community College to Career" tour, Feb. 23, 2012.
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Jill Biden appears as a guest on "The View" with hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd to discuss her upcoming children's book, "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops," based on her granddaughter's story of a military family's experience with deployment, May 29, 2012. Granddaughter Natalie and her father Beau Biden sit next to Jill Biden.
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Vice President Joe Biden holds the Biden family Bible with his wife Jill Biden, as he is sworn in for his second vice presidential term by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Jan. 13, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
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The Biden family faced tragedy when Vice President Joe Biden’s eldest son Beau passed away from brain cancer in 2015.
Vice President Joe Biden puts his hand on his heart as he, Jill Biden and other family members attend the funeral mass for Beau Biden on June 6, 2015, in Wilmington, Del.
First lady Michelle Obama and second lady Jill Biden share a moment as President Barack Obama speaks during his farewell address in Chicago, Jan. 10, 2017.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden and Britain's Prince Harry react during the Wheelchair Basketball Finals on Day 8 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Mattamy Athletic Centre on Sept. 30, 2017, in Toronto.
Former Vice President Joe Biden announced that he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination for the third time on April 18, 2019.
<br><br>Jill Biden arrives to introduce her husband Joe Biden to union workers in Pittsburgh, Pa. on April 29, 2019, during his first public event since announcing his bid for the presidential nomination.
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden watches as his wife Jill Biden blocks a protester from arriving on stage during a primary night rally in Los Angeles, March 3, 2020.
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and his wife Jill Biden, watch fireworks with Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff, during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 20, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Jill Biden celebrate after the news media announced that Joe Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election over President Donald Trump, on Nov. 7, 2020 in Wilmington, Del.
After moving to the White House, Jill Biden plans to continue teaching college English and writing at Northern Virginia Community College, and to advocate for two years of tuition-free community college and work on initiatives to support military families and fight cancer.
Biden also plans to address food insecurity issues created by the pandemic and the need for better access to technology and broadband for students.
President Joe Biden hugs his family after being sworn-in at the Capitol, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2021.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden appear on the Blue Room Balcony to watch fireworks from the White House in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021.
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President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden commemorate the grim milestone of 500,000 U.S. deaths from the COVID-19 during a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at the White House, Feb. 22, 2021.
President Joe Biden gives a dandelion to first lady Jill Biden as they prepare to board Marine One from the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., April 29, 2021.
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First lady Jill Biden and the Duchess of Cambridge talk with children during a visit to Connor Downs Academy, in Hayle, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021.
They toured the state-funded Connor Downs Academy, which works with students who have experienced trauma in their lives. Biden is attending the G-7 summit to put a focus on the importance of early childhood education.
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First Lady Jill Biden and Queen Elizabeth II view the march-past of the Guard of Honour, formed from The Queen's Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards, on June 11, 2021 in Windsor, England.
The queen hosted the president and first lady at Windsor Castle, her royal residence near London, for a private tea.