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As long as Joe Biden served in the public service (his 48-year political career started in the Senate and, hopefully in November, may end in the Oval Office), he has faced a family tragedy In December 1972, just weeks after Biden won the Delaware Senate election, his wife Neilia and their one-year-old daughter Naomi were killed in a car crash. Their sons Beau and Hunter, who were only 3 and 2 at the time, survived and their father was sworn in at the hospital where they were recovering
In 2015, Biden suffered another loss of a beloved family member: that of his eldest son Beau, who died of brain cancer at the age of 46 « Beau Biden was, quite simply, the best man we have ever known, » Biden, then vice president, said in a statement.
It’s really no secret that Beau was Biden’s favorite son.He had followed his father’s footsteps very closely in a career in the service, as Delaware’s attorney general, and, by the time of his death, was preparing to run for governor And unlike his brother Hunter, Beau lived a scandal-free life He was a major presence on the campaign trails in 2008 and 2012, when his father was running for President Barack Obama’s Vice President.
Five years after his death, Beau’s memory lives on, especially on Joe Biden’s current 2020 presidential race campaign.The Democratic candidate has used his experiences of grief to connect more deeply with voters and often speaks of Beau in his speeches He was also a big part of the Democratic National Convention last month Vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris opened up about her friendship with Beau (more on that below) and on the last night of the event, a video montage of Beau’s life and career accomplishments was highlighted « Beau is with me everyday If he was here tonight he would remind me ‘just be who you are’ I’m a better person because of him » Biden tweeted after the tribute aired
Beau is with me every day If he was there tonight he would remind me ‘just be who you are’ I’m a better person because of him #DemConvention picTwittercom / MMP6gCDeJS
After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Beau received his law degree from Syracuse (just like his father) He was then a clerk for Judge Steven McAuliffe of the State District Court United of New Hampshire and worked at the US Department of Justice in Philadelphia, which eventually rose through the ranks to become a federal prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office After a two-year stint as an associate in a law firm of lawyers, Beau was elected Attorney General of Delaware in 2006
During his two terms, Beau aggressively attacked sexual predators, launching a task force on child predators and enacting new laws for harsher prison sentences for offenders He racked up 180 convictions When his father became Vice President in 2008, many expected Beau to run for his empty Senate seat He chose not to, in part because he wanted to focus on prosecuting Earl Bradley, the former pediatrician and convicted child molester who in 2010 was charged with 471 assault charges and rape on 103 patient children « » I have a duty to fulfill as an attorney general, and the immediate need to focus on a matter of great importance And that is what I must do, « Beau said of his decision not to stand for election as senator
At the end of his second term in 2014, Beau decided not to be re-elected in order to prepare for his governorship
Beau joined the Army in 2003 and earned the rank of Major in the US Army JAG Corps, the legal arm of the US Army made up of officers who are also lawyers who can provide legal services at all levels of the military He was deployed to Iraq for a year in the fall of 2008, returning briefly in January 2009 to attend the inauguration and swearing-in of his father’s vice president He received the Bronze Star medal for his service in Iraq
Biden Vice President Kamala Harris said she got to know her running mate thanks to Beau The two were friends who worked closely as attorneys general (Harris was California AG from 2011 to 2017) On the fourth anniversary of his death, Harris posted a tribute on Twitter and Instagram: “Thinking of @JoeBiden, @DrBiden and the whole Biden family today Beau Biden was my friend We were AG together, and you couldn’t find a person who cared more deeply for his family, the nation he served and the state of Delaware. Four years after his passing, I still miss him, « she writes. / p>
Thinking of @JoeBiden, @DrBiden and the whole Biden family today Beau Biden was my friend We were AG together, and you couldn’t find a person who cared more deeply for his family, the nation he served and the state of Delaware Four years after his death, I still miss him picTwittercom / b7lP3TwxYq
Joe Biden also credited Beau and Harris’ friendship with influencing his decision to choose her as his running mate « I first met Kamala through my son Beau They were both prosecutors generals at the same time He had immense respect for her and her work I thought about it a lot in making this decision There is no opinion that I appreciate more than Beau’s and I am proud to have Kamala by my side in this campaign, ”he wrote to his supporters
In 2010 Beau suffered a mild stroke Three years later he was diagnosed with brain cancer He underwent surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, which helped put the cancer into remission , but he returned in 2015 and Beau was hospitalized on May 20, 2015 He died ten days later His funeral was held at the St Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware, where President Obama delivered the eulogy « He did in 46 years what most of us could not do in 146 « , he said
Joe Biden has made healing cancer one of the core pledges of his « I promise you if I get elected president, you will see the most important thing that changes America – we will heal the cancer, « he said at a campaign rally last year.
Beau married Hallie Olivere in 2002 and had two children: his daughter Natalie, born in 2004, and his son Robert Hunter II, born in 2006
About a year after Beau’s death, his widow Hallie and brother Hunter started a relationship Hunter’s wife, Kathleen, had filed for divorce that year and when those records came out the news that the couple were dating « » Hallie and I are incredibly lucky to have found the love and support we have for each other at such a difficult time, and it has been evident to the people who love us the More We were fortunate to have family and friends who supported us every step of the way, ”Hunter said in a statement Their relationship was short-lived The pair broke up in 2017
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