Joe Biden marries Jill Tracy Jacobs

In 1975, Biden met Jill Tracy Jacobs, who grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and would become a teacher in Delaware.

They had met on a blind date with Biden's brother's help, although it turned out that Biden had already noticed her in a local advertisement. Biden would credit her with renewing his interest in both politics and life. On June 17, 1977, Biden and Jacobs married. They have one daughter, Ashley Blazer (born 1981), who later became a social worker. Biden and his family are members of the Roman Catholic Church, and regularly attend Mass at St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Greenville, Delaware.

Joe and Jill were introduced to one another in 1975 by Joe's brother while Jill was at college.
"I was a senior, and I had been dating guys in jeans and clogs and T-shirts and he came to the door and he had on a sport coat and loafers, and I thought, God, this is never going to work, not in a million years. He was nine years older than I am! But we went out to see A Man and a Woman at a movie theater in Philadelphia, and we really hit it off. When we came home ... he shook my hand good night ... I went upstairs and called my mother at 1:00 A.M. and said, 'Mom, I finally met a gentleman.' "
Source: Jonathan Van Meter. "All the vice president's women." 11/08.
Wedding Proposal:

Joe proposed five times to Jill. "True? I ask. Yes, she says. What did you say the first four times? "I said, 'Not yet. Not yet. Not yet.' Because by that time, of course, I had fallen in love with the boys, and I really felt that this marriage had to work. Because they had lost their mom, and I couldn't have them lose another mother. So I had to be 100 percent sure."
Source: Jonathan Van Meter. "All the vice president's women." 11/08.
Wedding Date:
Jill and Joe were married on June 17, 1977 in New York City at the United Nations chapel by a catholic priest.
Joe: "We hadn't told anybody but our family and closest friends ... The ceremony itself was family only -- but that counted nearly forty. Beau and Hunter stood with us at the altar ... We had a big reception lunch at the Sign of the Dove ... since all four of us were getting married -- that we should include the boys on the honeymoon. We got two nice hotel rooms and let the boys pick theirs. That night we went to see Annie on Broadway ..."
Source: Joe Biden, Promises to Keep, page 117.

In addition to the three children that Joe and Jill raised together, they have five grandchildren to enjoy.
Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III: Born in 1969, Beau is a captain in the Delaware National Guard deployed in Iraq and served as the Attorney General for Delaware. His mother is Neilia Hunter.
Robert Hunter Biden: Born in 1970, Hunter is a lawyer-lobbyist. His mother is Neilia Hunter.
Naomi "Amy" Christina Biden: Born in 1971, Amy died on December 18, 1972 in an automobile accident. Her mother was Neilia Hunter.
Ashley Blazer Biden: Born in 1981, Ashley is a social worker. Her mother is Jill Jacobs.

Jill Tracy Jacobs was raised in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. She is 57-years-old. She met Joe when she was at the University of Delaware. They were introduced by Joe’s brother. They dated for two years before they married. She married Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. on June 17, 1977 at the United Nations chapel in New York City. When she married Joe, she married him as well as his two sons from his first marriage. She has said that the whole family married, including going on the honeymoon together.

Joe Biden’s first wife, Neilia Hunter Biden, who he married in 1966, was killed in a car accident on December 18, 1972. His infant daughter, Naomi was also killed in the accident. Both of his sons, Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III and Robert Hunter Biden, were critically injured in the accident. The 29-year-old Biden was just a month away from taking his Senate seat for the first time. He took his oath of office in the hospital by their bedsides. Both of the boys completely recovered from their injuries.

In addition to Joe’s two sons, Jill and Joe had a daughter in 1981, Ashley Blazer Biden.

Joe Biden’s wife is an English professor at the Delaware Technical and Community College. Professionally she has been a reading specialist, an English high school teacher and a teacher in a mental health institution.

Jill founded the Biden Breast Health Initiative that focuses on education of early breast cancer detection.