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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 was previously the second lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Since 2009, she has been a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College.
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 adolescents with emotional disabilities at a psychiatric hospital. From 1993 to 2008, she was an English and writing instructor at Delaware Technical & Community College. She is thought to be the first wife of a vice president or president to hold a paying job during her husband's tenure.
Born in Hammonton, New Jersey, she grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. She married Joe Biden in 1977, becoming stepmother to Beau and Hunter, his two sons from his first marriage. She and her husband also have a daughter together, Ashley Biden, born in 1981. She is the founder of the Biden Breast Health Initiative non-profit organization, co-founder of the Book Buddies program, co-founder of the Biden Foundation, is active in Delaware Boots on the Ground, and with Michelle Obama is co-founder of Joining Forces. She has published a memoir and two children's books.
Remarks by President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the Commissioning Commemoration Ceremony of the USS Delaware
- Remarks by President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden at the Commissioning Commemoration Ceremony of the USS Delaware (April 2, 2022)
The state of Delaware has loved the Bidens and cheered for us in most of our triumphant moments.
It has carried us through the darkest times in our lives with a kindness that asks for nothing in return.
Delaware is family.
Remarks by First Lady Jill Biden at a Reception to Celebrate Pride Month
- We recognize it as an act of bravery and beauty, of daring and defiance. And we look forward to a time when that courage is no longer needed, when all people in all places can feel the freedom and the joy that we feel here today.
It shouldn’t take courage to be yourself.
It shouldn’t take courage to go to school and walk down the halls as the person you know you are.
It shouldn’t take courage to hold the hand of the person you love on a bus, to kiss them goodbye on the sidewalk, to share one of the most fundamental and beautiful connections that any one of us can have in this life.
It shouldn’t but, too often and in too many places, it still does.
And in some way, all of you here today have called on that courage.
And you’ve used your voice to say:
- We will not go back. We will not let the progress that we’ve fought for slip away.
So, it was late on a warm October night in Las Vegas.
[W]e were all candidates’ spouses at the time, but there was an energy in the air that brought us all together, and we had the chance to get to know one another. And we made a promise then that our next Pride celebration would be on the South Lawn of the White House.
And now, here we are once again, but it was just a little too hot and humid out there to be on the lawn.
- Raul helped build this organization with the understanding that the diversity of this community,
as distinct as the bogedas of the Bronx,
as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami,
and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio,
is your strength
- 11 July 2022 per Reuters
- Dr. Jill Biden: First Lady. The White House.