Joseph R. Biden is on his way to become president of the United States. Having defeated incumbent President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, the former U.S. senator and vice president was nominated as president-elect on Nov. 7. The United States experienced the greatest voter turnout in modern history, which led to Joe Biden receiving a total of 290 electoral votes, leaving Trump with the remaining 232 votes. On Jan. 21, 2021 Biden will be officially inaugurated as president, and will face a presidency plagued by the turbulent relationships between the Republicans and the Democrats.
Joe Biden began his political career after earning a law degree from Syracuse University, which led to his appointment as a council member in New Castle County, Delaware. Just four years later, Joe Biden became one of the youngest senators in American history when he was elected to the U.S. Senate of Delaware in 1972. During his time in the Senate, Biden was re-elected six times before resigning to become the vice president in 2008 under Barack Obama's administration.
As vice president, Joe Biden took part in pivotal moments of the Obama administration, including the transition out of the 2008 recession, the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. This experience, coupled with his almost four decades in the U.S. Senate, will inform his solutions to key Democratic issues like bolstering the economy, ensuring all Americans have access to healthcare in a post-COVID country, and creating a more left-leaning Supreme Court after conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett was appointed by Donald Trump. However, the 2020 presidential election has proven it will be difficult to accomplish these progressive goals with a country divided heavily along party lines.
Because the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed the presidential election process, Joe Biden's win did not come without controversy. As most mail-in ballots were not counted until after election day, copious baseless claims of voter fraud have been reported, mainly from Trump's camp and his supporters. However, state officials across the country have found zero evidence of voter fraud, and fully expect Joe Biden to arrive at the White House on Inauguration Day in 2021.