Joseph Biden was a career politician who served as senator from Delaware. He twice sought the Democratic presidential nomination before being elected as vice president in the Obama Administration. Biden oversaw the infrastructure spending aimed at counteracting the Great Recession. His ability to negotiate with congressional Republicans helped bring about tax relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and the Job Creation Act of 2010. Joseph Biden experienced great personal tragedy when, in 1972, his wife and daughter were killed in an auto accident and again when his son Beau died of cancer in 2015. The loss of his son was responsible for Biden’s decision not to run for president in 2016. Just before leaving office he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
Joseph Biden was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as vice president. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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