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Joe Biden accomplishments

List of Joe Biden’s accomplishments — including his Senate accomplishments, legislative accomplishments, accomplishments as Vice President, and other major accomplishments:

  • 1960: “One of the best pass receivers I had in 16 years as a coach.” — E. John Walsh, football coach at Archmere Academy.

  • 1965: Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware in Newark, with a double major in history and political science and a minor in English.

  • 1968: Graduated from Syracuse University College of Law with a law degree.

  • 1969: Admitted to the Delaware bar.

  • 1970-72: Served on New Castle County Council.

  • 1972-77: Single parent to two sons, commuting on Amtrak 75 minutes each way between his home in Wilmington, Delaware and Washington, D.C.

Joe Biden: Senate accomplishments

  • 1973-2009: U.S. Senator from Delaware, initially focussing on consumer protection, environmental issues, government accountability, and arms control. In his 6 terms as a senator, Joe Biden sponsored or co-sponsored 348 pieces of legislation that became law.

  • 1981-97: Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years.

  • 1986: Introduced his Global Climate Protection Act, one of the first bills aimed at addressing climate change.

  • 1990s: Authored every major piece of crime legislation this decade, including the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.

  • 1992-1995: Strongly guided Balkans policy in the mid-1990s during the Bosnian War, producing a successful NATO peacekeeping effort.

  • 1994: Spearheaded the Violence Against Women Act, criminalizing violence against women and creating unprecedented resources for survivors of assault, which was followed by a 64% drop in domestic violence from 1993 to 2010.

  • 1997-2009: Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 12 years, leading legislation related to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.

  • 1997: Led the Senate to approve ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

  • 1998: Led the Senate to approve NATO enlargement and passage of bills to streamline foreign affairs agencies and punish religious persecution overseas.

  • 1999: Co-sponsored the McCain-Biden Kosovo Resolution, which called on President Clinton to use all necessary force, including ground troops, to confront Milošević over Yugoslav actions in Kosovo.

  • 2000: Sponsored the Kids 2000 Act, establishing a public-private partnership to provide computer centers, teachers, Internet access, and technical training to young people, particularly low-income and at-risk youth.

Joe Biden: Vice President accomplishments

  • 2009-2017: Vice President of the United States.

  • 2009: Implemented and oversaw the $840 billion stimulus package in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • 2009: Chaired the Middle Class Working Families Task Force.

  • 2010: Fought for Congressional approval of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which inserted accountability into the financial sector and fortified the stability of the financial system.

  • 2011: Led negotiations between Congress and the White House in resolving federal spending levels for the rest of the year and avoiding a government shutdown. Negotiated with Mitch McConnell to agree on deficit-reducing Budget Control Act of 2011.

  • 2012: Headed the Gun Violence Task Force in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

  • 2012: Negotiated a deal with Mitch McConnell that led to the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, averting a fiscal cliff and implementing the largest middle-class tax cut in history.

  • 2014: Co-chaired White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

  • 2014: Served as the Obama administration’s emissary to Eastern European governments like Poland, Lithuania, and Ukraine worried over Vladimir Putin’s ambitions in the region.

 

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