Joe Biden has been elected 46th President of the United States of America. His victory gives the country a new “First Daughter”: Ashley Biden, Joe’s only child with his wife Jill. GALA introduces “the successor” of Ivanka Trump.
While Joe Biden, 77, has been in the spotlight for many years, his daughter Ashley Biden, 39, lives a rather secluded life. Followers on Instagram: 664. Profile status: private. Despite supporting her father in his 2008, 2012 and 2020 candidacies, Ashley is a stranger internationally. This will change now.
New hope after the stroke of fate
Ashley Biden was born on June 8, 1981 in Wilmington, Delaware. She is the fourth child for Joe Biden. His sons Beau (born 1969) and Hunter (born 1970) come from his first marriage to Neilia Hunter. The politician lost Neilia and their daughter Naomi in a car accident in 1972 – a blow that hit him to the core. All the more fortunate when Joe met Jill Stevenson on a blind date in 1975. In 1977 he married her – and the patchwork luck succeeded.
Beau and Hunter immediately love their little sister Ashley. “From the moment she was born, her brothers took care of her. And she always looked up to them. Wherever they went, she wanted to go and they took her with them,” recalls Jill Biden, 69, in an interview with “Delaware Today” in 2018.
Admiration for Joe Biden
When Ashley was born, Joe Biden had been a US Congress Senator for eight years, making him a busy man. Nevertheless, father and daughter develop an intimate relationship with one another. And not only that. “My father served the public all his life. My mother was a teacher at a public school – it’s in my DNA,” Ashley told the US edition of Glamor in February 2017 about her political and social issues Engagement.
At the age of eight, she often talks to her father about dolphins. She doesn’t like the fact that they keep getting caught in tuna nets. She told Joe Biden that the animals had to be saved, Ashley told in an interview with “Delaware Today” in 2018. The Democrat listens carefully to his daughter – and in 1990, together with Senator Barbara Boxer, drafted the “Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act”. In support of the cause, Ashley makes posters and goes to Washington to promote the protection of the animals among members of the Congress. With success: the law is passed. The 39-year-old thinks that her father would be the perfect president for America.
“I’m here today because I adore my father, but I also firmly believe that he has the character and the vision to lead this country,” she said at a campaign event in Wisconsin in August. “When I say I’m ready for a Biden presidency, it’s not just because I think my father is the best person. My father will help us as presidents to solve some of the great challenges of our generation.”
Career as a social worker and anthropologist
Ashley takes important advice from Joe Biden to this day. “My father always taught me that silence is complicit and that I have to stand up for anyone who is treated unfairly. This has stayed with me into adulthood and is the guiding principle in my professional life.” Ashley is not drawn into politics despite her admiration for her father and the successful implementation of the Dolphin Act. But she is committed to society in other ways.
She is studying cultural anthropology at Tulane University in New Orleans. “I’ve always been interested in what makes people different and unique and how social and structural organization influence behavior and circumstances,” Ashley explains “Delaware Today”. After completing her studies, she worked as a waitress in a pizza shop. She then takes on a position as a clinical assistant in a children’s psychiatric clinic for four years.
In 2010 he completed a Masters in Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and a position in the education office of the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. In 2012, Biden joined the Delaware Center for Justice as an assistant director, taking care of adolescents and adults affected by the criminal justice system. The hard work pays off: in 2014, Ashley was promoted to executive director. In 2019 she quit her job to concentrate more on her own business.
Ashley Biden has a business
In 2017 Ashley founded “Livelihood”. The label designs and sells sweatshirts and hoodies made in America. Biden wants to fight income inequality and racial inequality in the US. All proceeds go to charity with the aim of supporting criminal justice reform, improving children’s education and combating unemployment. “I’m very proud of her. She’s been trying to change the world since she was three,” Joe Biden proudly praised his daughter in a statement to “E! News “.
The wedding bells are ringing
On June 2, 2012, Ashley Biden married Dr. Howard Kerin, whom she met two years earlier through her brother Beau. The couple said yes in the “St Joseph On the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church” in Greenville, Delaware.
The bride is led to the altar by her father. “I think: Oh God, my little girl! That can’t have happened so quickly,” said a visibly moved Joe Biden in an interview with “People” in the days before the big moment. He raves about his son-in-law, 53, a plastic surgeon and ENT doctor: “This is the right man” and adds: “And he is going to have a woman from hell.” The wedding celebration with 200 guests will take place in the Biden family’s home near Wilmington, Delaware, aligned. Ashley and Howard live in Philadelphia, less than half an hour from Joe and Jill Biden.
The loss of her brother Beau hits Ashley Biden hard
Another stroke of fate befell the Biden family in May 2015: Beau Biden, who made a name for himself as the Attorney General of Delaware, dies of a brain tumor. “His cancer brought me to my knees,” Ashley told the women’s website “The Lily” in June 2020. “I had no choice but to move forward, keep going, and keep working towards my own dreams.”
Conflict with the law
In 1999, Ashley Biden was arrested for possession of marijuana in New Orleans. The charge is later dropped. In 2002 he got into trouble with the police again: The politician’s daughter is said to have “verbally intimidated” a police officer. Another arrest follows. This charge is also dropped. In 2009 the New York Post reported that a video showed Ashley Biden using cocaine. The accused has not responded to this until today – at least not directly.
“Everyone struggles with something. Some just struggle more,” Biden told Delaware Today. “I had a lot of advantages, but that didn’t stop my life from getting out of control or losing my brother. But what I had was support and the security of being vulnerable. I feel good about myself. It sounds natural esoteric, but when you are comfortable in your own skin you are kinder. And I think we can all agree that the world needs a lot more kindness. “
Sources used:The Lily, Delaware Today, People, Marie Claire, ELLE, Glamour, Chicago Tribune, New York Post, The Telegraph, wispolicits.com