Beau Biden has been fighting crime and standing up for victims since the start of his career in public service.
February 3, 1969 – Beau is born in Wilmington, Del.
1991 – Beau graduates from the University of Pennsylvania.
1994 – Beau gets his Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of Law.
1994 to 1995 – Serves as a clerk for Judge Steven McAuliffe of the United States District Court in New Hampshire.
1995 to 1997 – Serves in the United States Justice Department as the Counsel in the Office of Policy Development, working on a variety of issues, including those related to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, the Violence Against Women Act and missing and exploited children.
1997 to 2002 – Serves as a Federal Prosecutor in the in the United States Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia, putting dangerous criminals behind bars.
2001 – Serves as Interim Legal Advisor for the United States Department of Justice in post-war Kosovo, spending several months helping the war-torn nation develop a law enforcement and criminal justice system.
November 30, 2002 – Beau marries Hallie Olivere.
August, 2003 – Beau is commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the Delaware Army National Guard’s 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade.
August 4, 2004 – Beau and Hallie’s first child, daughter Natalie, is born.
March 10, 2006 – Beau and Hallie welcome their first son, Hunter.
June 1, 2006 – Beau announces his intention to run for Attorney General.
November 7, 2006 – Beau is elected Delaware Attorney General.
January 2, 2007 – Beau is sworn in as Delaware’s 43rd Attorney General.
March 15, 2007 – In one of his first official actions, Beau creates the Child Predator Task Force. It is the first time the Department of Justice has had a unit solely focused on identifying, pursuing and prosecuting criminals who seek to prey on Delaware’s children and has become a national leader in fighting child predators. Beau has obtained $1.35 million in federal grants to help fund the Task Force’s work to keep our children safe, and increased penalties on possessors of child pornography.
July 25, 2008 – Legislation drafted by Beau’s office that enhances penalties against illegal air and water pollution and other environmental crimes, broadens the scope of Delaware’s anti-dumping laws, and increases penalties against all violations committed in Delaware State Parks becomes law.
September 19, 2008 – Beau creates the Senior Protection Initiative, which increases public awareness about recognizing and reporting senior abuse, specially trains law enforcement on how to spot cases of senior abuse and help the victims and includes teams of experts to open channels of communication between prosecutors, police, and social services representatives.
September 25, 2008 – Beau’s office receives the deed to a Wilmington property that had been the site of frequent drug transactions and prostitution, marking the first time the state received a deed to a property under Delaware’s Nuisance Abatement Act. Seldom used before Biden took office, the law has been utilized by Biden to clean up 115 nuisances, shut down 15 properties and monitor hundreds more.
October 3, 2008 – Beau is called to active military duty as part of the 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade.
August 3, 2009 – The Department of Justice assumes responsibility for the state’s victims compensation program. Beau has expanded the program’s outreach efforts statewide and significantly increased the amounts of assistance victims receive.
September 30, 2009 – Beau returns home with the 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade from a year-long deployment that supported Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq.
February 2, 2010 – Through the work of the Attorney General’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force, Beau announces what is believed to be the largest mortgage rescue fraud indictment in Delaware history.
March 18, 2010 – Beau and other state officials call for stronger protections for victims of domestic violence by increasing all Protection From Abuse orders to at least two years. Some victims would even qualify for lifetime protections under the proposal. In 2007, Biden teamed with legislators to make PFA oders more effective and to make more victims eligible to receive a PFA.
April 29, 2010 – The federal government recognizes Beau’s work to make Delaware a national leader in protecting children by announcing the state is just the second one in the country to implement the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which includes new stringent registration and reporting requirements for sex offenders. The Act is named in honor of the son of America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh. Adam was kidnapped and murdered when he was just six years old.
June 29, 2010 – Legislation written by Beau’s office toughening penalties for gun crimes becomes law. The maximum prison sentence when a criminal is convicted of carrying a concealed firearm is now 8 years instead of 2. The new law also adds illegally carrying a concealed firearm to Delaware’s list of violent felonies, which subjects offenders to higher sentences and sets mandatory jail terms for habitual offenders.
July 13, 2010 – A new law Beau strongly supported to increase protections for survivors of domestic violence takes effect. The measure strengthens Protection From Abuse Orders (PFAs) by extending no-contact provisions and setting circumstances under which these provisions can be extended for life.