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Vice President Joseph Biden Jr.

Former Vice President of the United States (and President of the Senate)

Biden was Vice President of the United States (and President of the Senate) and was a Democrat. He served from 2009 to 2017.

He was previously a senator from Delaware as a Democrat from 1973 to 2009.

Photo of Vice President Joseph Biden [D, 2009-2017]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Biden is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2008 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Biden sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Biden was the primary sponsor of 42 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Biden sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (19%) Crime and Law Enforcement (18%) International Affairs (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Health (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Biden’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Biden’s Vote Vote Description
Nay S.J.Res. 5 (111th): A joint resolution relating to the disapproval of obligations under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
Jan 15, 2009. Joint Resolution Defeated 42/52.
Nay S.Con.Res. 20 (110th): A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that no funds should be cut off or reduced ...
Mar 15, 2007. Concurrent Resolution Agreed to 82/16.
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1973 to Jan 2009, Biden missed 1,781 of 14,556 roll call votes, which is 12.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2009. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: