Jill Biden

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Jill Tracy Biden (née Jacobs;[1] born June 3, 1951) is an American educator and the current first lady of the United States since 2021, as the wife of President Joe Biden. She was the second lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017 when her husband was vice president. Since 2009, Biden has been a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College, and is thought to be the first wife of a vice president or president to hold a paying job during her husband's tenure.

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Jill Biden
Official portrait, 2021
First Lady of the United States
Assumed role
January 20, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byMelania Trump
Second Lady of the United States
In role
January 20, 2009  January 20, 2017
Vice PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byLynne Cheney
Succeeded byKaren Pence
Personal details
Jill Tracy Jacobs

(1951-06-03) June 3, 1951 (age 71)
Hammonton, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
  • Bill Stevenson
    (m. 1970; div. 1975)
  • (m. 1977)
ChildrenAshley Biden
RelativesBiden family
ResidenceWhite House
EducationUniversity of Delaware (BA, EdD)
West Chester University (MEd)
Villanova University (MA)
Academic background
ThesisStudent Retention at the Community College: Meeting Students' Needs (2006)
Academic work
InstitutionsDelaware Technical Community College
Northern Virginia Community College

She has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Delaware, master's degrees in education and English from West Chester University and Villanova University, and returned to the University of Delaware for a doctoral degree in education. She taught English and reading in high schools for thirteen years and instructed adolescents with emotional disabilities at a psychiatric hospital. Then, for fifteen years, she was an English and writing instructor at Delaware Technical & Community College.

Born in Hammonton, New Jersey, she grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. She married Joe Biden in 1977, becoming the stepmother of Beau and Hunter, two sons from Joe Biden's first marriage. Biden 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.