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Here is a look at the life of Jill Biden, wife of 46th US President Joe Biden.
Birth date: June 3, 1951
Birth place: Hammonton, New Jersey
Birth name: Jill Tracy Jacobs
Father: Donald Jacobs, banker
Mother: Bonny Jean (Godfrey) Jacobs
Marriages: Joe Biden (June 17, 1977-present); Bill Stevenson (1970-1975, divorced)
Children: with Joe Biden: Ashley
Education: University of Delaware, B.A., English, 1975; West Chester University, M.Ed, 1981; Villanova University, M.A. English, 1987; University of Delaware, Ed.D, 2007
Religion: Roman Catholic
Biden has been an educator for decades. Taught in public high schools for 13 years. She also taught at a psychiatric hospital for adolescents.
The first first lady to have a job outside of the East Wing.
The first first lady to hold a doctorate degree.
Was a presenter on Jeopardy!
Has said Joe Biden proposed to her five times before she agreed to marry him.
She often runs five miles five days a week and has run in the Marine Corps Marathon.
1991-1993 – Teaches at Brandywine High School in Wilmington, Delaware.
1993 – Starts the Biden Breast Health Initiative.
1993-2008 – Teaches English at Delaware Technical and Community College.
2009-present – English professor at Northern Virginia Community College.
January 20, 2009-January 20, 2017 – Second lady of the United States.
June 5, 2012 – “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops,” a children’s book, is published.
February 1, 2017 – Launch of the Biden Foundation, an organization that focusing on seven issues: foreign policy; Biden’s cancer initiative; community colleges and military families; protecting children; equality; ending violence against women; and strengthening the middle class.
April 25, 2019 – The Biden Foundation suspends operations after Joe Biden announces he is running for president.
May 7, 2019 – Biden’s memoir, “Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself,” is published.
June 30, 2020 – Children’s book, “Joey: The Story of Joe Biden,” is published.
January 20, 2021 – Becomes the first lady of the United States.
May 8, 2022 – Biden makes an unannounced trip to Ukraine, which for the last 10 weeks has been under invasion by Russia. At a converted school that now serves as temporary housing for displaced citizens, Biden meets with Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska.
August 16, 2022 – Biden tests positive for Covid-19 the evening of August 15, according to a statement from the White House. She is experiencing “mild symptoms,” and is taking Paxlovid, Pfizer’s antiviral drug.
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