Jill Biden

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Jill Biden
Jill Biden portrait (cropped).jpg
Official portrait, January 2021
First Lady of the United States
Current
Assumed role
January 20, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byMelania Trump
Second Lady of the United States
In role
January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Vice PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byLynne Cheney
Succeeded byKaren Pence
Personal details
Born
Jill Tracy Jacobs

(1951-06-03) June 3, 1951 (age 71)
Hammonton, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Joe Biden (m. 1977)
Children
RelativesBiden family
ResidenceWhite House
EducationUniversity of Delaware
West Chester University
Villanova University
Signature
Academic background
ThesisStudent Retention at the Community College: Meeting Students' Needs (2006)
Doctoral advisorBarbara Curry
Academic work
InstitutionsDelaware Technical Community College
Northern Virginia Community College

Jill Tracy Jacobs Biden (born June 3, 1951) is an American educator and the current First Lady of the United States as the wife of President Joe Biden. She also served as the Second Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017 when her husband was vice president.

She has a bachelor's degree in English and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Delaware, as well as master's degrees in education and English from West Chester University and Villanova University. She taught English and reading in high schools for thirteen years and instructed teens with emotional disabilities.

She is the founder of the Biden Breast Health initiative, a non-profit organization. She is also the co-founder of the Book Buddies program and the Biden Foundation. Biden is active in Delaware Boots on the Ground. With Michelle Obama, and is the co-founder of Joining Forces. Biden has written a memoir and two books for children.

Early life and Education[change | change source]

Jill Tracy Jacobs was born on June 3, 1951, in Hammonton, New Jersey to Donald Carl Jacobs and Bonny Jean Godfrey Jacobs. As a child, she lived in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, and relocated at the age of eight to Mahwah, New Jersey. She is the eldest of five sisters.

Jacobs always intended to have a career. She began working at age 15, as a waitress in Ocean City, New Jersey. She attended Upper Moreland High School, where by her own later description, she always had a love of English class, and her classmates have said she was a good student. She graduated in 1969.

She attended universities such as, University of Delaware, Villanova University, West Chester University, and Brandywine Junior College. She also taught at schools such as, St. Marks High School, Brandywine High School, and Delaware Technical & Community College.

Marriage and family[change | change source]

Jill Jacobs with then Senator Joe Biden in the early 1970s.

Jill and Joe Biden were married by a catholic priest on June 17, 1977. They were married at the United Nations in New York City. Their daughter, Ashley, was born on June 7, 1981. She also helped raise his two sons from his first marriage, Beau and Hunter. While she did help raise them, she did not formally adopt them.

Second Lady of the United States (2009–2017)[change | change source]

Jill as Second Lady of the United States, alongside her husband at the inauguration ball on January 20, 2009.

Jill Biden assumed the role and duties as the Second Lady of the United States, succeeding Lynne Cheney when her husband inaugurated as the 47th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 2009. She was believed to have been the first second lady to hold a paying job while her husband was vice president. Since 2009, she has been a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College.

Official portrait of Jill Biden as Second Lady of the United States.

By her White House staff and by her preference, she was referred to as "Dr. Jill Biden". Biden served as the second lady from 2009 until her husband's term ended as vice president in January 2017.

Second Lady Jill Biden in the Blue Room of the White House, January 2015.
Official portrait of Jill Biden as Second Lady of the United States, March 2009.
Second Lady Jill Biden in Virginia during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Joe and Jill Biden walk the 57th presidential inauguration on January 20, 2013.
Champ and Jill Biden on the porch of Number One Observatory Circle in 2015
Second Lady Jill Biden visiting Argentina and reading to young children in June 2016.

First Lady of the United States (2021–present)[change | change source]

Jill Biden next to her husband as he's being sworn in at his 2021 presidential inauguration.
Official portrait of Jill Biden as First Lady of the United States.
President Joe Biden being sworn in at his presidential inauguration in 2021, surrounded by members of his family as he takes the presidential oath of office.

Jill Biden assumed the role and duties as the First Lady of the United States, succeeding Melania Trump, when her husband inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021. At the age of 69, she is the oldest woman to assume the role of first lady, and is the first Italian American first lady. She continued teaching at Northern Virginia College, and she is the first sitting wife of a president to hold a paying job while her husband's term as president.[1][2] She became an immediate member of the Biden family when her and her husband married in June 1977.


President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at Fort Bragg along with Joining Forces initiative to support military families on Thanksgiving, November 2021.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay tribute to Officer Brian Sicknick.
Jill Biden alongside her husband visiting Queen Elizabeth ll, June 2021.


References[change | change source]

  1. Gaudiano, Nicole (November 12, 2020). "First professor: Jill Biden to make history as a first lady with a day job". Politico. Archived from the original on December 23, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  2. Bennett, Kate (February 20, 2021). "Jill Biden is hitting the ground running – in all directions". CNN. Retrieved March 8, 2021.

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