The inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday set the stage for a historic new administration in the White House. It also shone a spotlight on Biden’s family, who accompanied the newly minted leader through all of the inaugural festivities.
The new first family won’t live in the White House with the president and first lady, but they have been an integral part of Biden’s 2020 campaign, from appearing alongside him at campaign events to encouraging him to run. Biden has spoken about his love for his children and grandchildren, the latter category of which calls the president and first lady Jill Biden “Pop” and “Nana.”
If the past years on the campaign trail, during the election and on Inauguration Day have proven anything, it’s that the Bidens will continue to be a notable and visible part of his life for the next four years in office.
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Born in 1981 to Joe and Jill Biden, Ashley Biden, 39, is a social worker and activist. She graduated from Tulane University and the University of Pennsylvania, and has worked for several nonprofits including the Delaware Center for Justice, focusing on issues surrounding social and economic justice and mental health.
Ashley Biden will not hold a position in her father’s administration, she said in an interview on the “Today” show Tuesday, though she noted she hopes to “use this platform to advocate for social justice, for mental health – to be involved in community development and revitalization.”
She added, “I do hope to bring awareness and education to some topics, subjects that are really important.”
The youngest Biden child married plastic surgeon Howard Krein in 2012.
Robert Hunter Biden, the 50-year-old younger son of Joe Biden and Neilia Hunter, was a source of controversy for the family in 2019 over complaints about his financial dealings with Ukraine and China. President Donald Trump was impeached for the first time in 2019 following allegations he pressured Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden.
The Justice Department began investigating Hunter Biden’s taxes in December 2020. He has not been charged, and two Republican-led congressional committees in September found no wrongdoing by Joe Biden.
A graduate of Georgetown University and Yale Law School, Hunter Biden went on to co-found investment fund group Rosemont Seneca Partners. A month after he was commissioned into the Navy Reserve, he failed a drug test and was administratively discharged in 2014.
“My son, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem,” Joe Biden said during a 2020 presidential debate after President Trump brought up his sons. “He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it, and I’m proud of him.“
He is the father of five children: his daughters Naomi, Finnegan and Maisy Biden, with ex-wife Kathleen Buhle; infant Beau Biden, whom he shares with his wife, South African filmmaker Melissa Cohen; and the 2-year-old child of Lunden Alexis Roberts, whom he recently agreed to support after a DNA test established his paternity.
Naomi Biden (1971 – 1972)
Naomi, Joe Biden and Neilia Hunter’s younger child, Naomi Christina Biden, died shortly after her first birthday in a car crash that also killed her mother weeks before Joe Biden was set to be sworn in as a U.S. senator. He has spoken often about how his faith has helped him through the grieving process.
“The way I’ve been able to deal with when my wife was killed and my daughter was killed and my son died, I’ve only been able to deal with it by realizing they’re part of my being,” Biden said in a 2020 CNN town hall. “My son, Beau, was my soul.”
Beau Biden (1964 – 2015)
Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Joe Biden and Neilia Hunter’s oldest son, died May 30, 2015, of brain cancer at age 46, after a relapse of a brain cancer first diagnosed and thought cured in 2013.
“The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words,” Joe Biden said in a statement at the time. “Beau embodied my father’s saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did. In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.”
Named after his father, Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III was born in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1969. He was just 3 years old when he was seriously injured in an auto accident that killed his mother and sister. Beau Biden graduated from the University of Delaware and, like his father, attended law school at Syracuse University.
He had battled health problems for years, including what was described as a minor stroke in 2010. In 2013, he had a small lesion removed from his brain at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
He worked in the U.S. Justice Department for nearly a decade before winning election as state attorney general. He served as a major in the Delaware Army National Guard, and spent a year of his first term deployed to Iraq, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He had announced 2014 that he planned to run for governor of Delaware in 2016.
Beau Biden was survived by his wife, Hallie, and their two children, Natalie and Hunter.
Hunter Biden’s eldest daughter Naomi Biden, named after her late aunt, is a 2016 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (in the same class as Tiffany Trump) and attended Columbia Law School. At 27, she now lives in Washington, D.C., noting in a Wednesday interview that her grandparents moving into the White House meant they would be “a few miles away from my apartment.”
When the 2020 election results broke in her grandfather’s favor, Naomi Biden and her cousins were with Joe and Jill Biden. She posted a photo soon after of them huddled in a group hug.
“Everyone’s crying and embraced each other,” she recalled to “Today.” “I think we’ll always remember that moment.”
Finnegan Biden, 21, is the second of three of Hunter Biden’s daughters. She frequented the campaign trail with her grandparents last year, and currently attends University of Pennsylvania.
Also a friend of former President Barack Obama’s daughters, Finnegan noted that she and her sisters and cousin had the “privilege” of watching their friends grow up in the White House and aimed to follow their example, though they won’t call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue their home address.
“We can only hope to do as well as they did,” she told “Today.”
Maisy Biden, the 20-year-old UPenn student and daughter of Hunter Biden and Kathleen Buhle, is just a few months older than Sasha Obama and graduated in 2019 from Sidwell Friends School in Washington with the former first daughter. She was an avid athlete, and her grandfather frequently attended her soccer, lacrosse and basketball games. Maisy’s basketball coach? President Obama.
“There were a lot of teams that were like, ‘This is unfair, they can’t have the president be their coach,’ ” Maisy Biden told the “Today” show. “But, I mean, we won.”
Natalie Biden, 16, is the daughter of the late Beau Biden.
Along with most other inauguration attendees, Natalie Biden’s fashion choice for the historic day – monochromatic pink – caught the attention of social media who saluted her and cousins Naomi Biden and Maisy Biden for their style.
In October, Natalie Biden appeared alongside cousin Naomi Biden to discuss youth voter turnout with Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber. She’s also a TikTok star, having amassed 1.5 million followers on the social media platform.
Robert Hunter Biden II
Named after his uncle, the 14-year-old son of Beau Biden is not as public as his older cousins, though he’s made a handful of appearances with his grandfather through the years, including his 2008 vice presidential acceptance speech and the 2021 inauguration.
Born last year to Hunter Biden and Melissa Cohen, baby Beau – named after his late uncle – is the youngest of the Biden grandchildren. At less than a year old he hasn’t had many opportunities for political engagements, though the littlest Biden was brought to the inauguration and was photographed being held by his grandfather inside the White House during Katy Perry’s performance of “Firework,” which featured a live fireworks show over the Washington Monument.
Contributing: Anika Reed, Janet Loehrke, Rasha Ali, Savannah Behrmann and Gregory Korte