Joe was born in 1942. He was born into an English-Irish heritage family (like my husband), the oldest of 4, with 2 brothers and a sister. He was raised in Delaware. Educated, became a lawyer and was elected Senator at the age of 30. His family was his campaign staff.
He met his first wife Neila in Law School in 1966. They had three children, two sons and a daughter. He suffered a family tragedy when his wife and children were in a car accident around Christmas time of 1972, right after he was elected Senator. In that accident, his wife and baby daughter died. He thought about dropping out of political life forever, but his family and constituents encouraged him to stay. When he decided to stay, he made a BIG sacrifice. He commuted (1 and a half hours each way) home every night, to the suburbs, to raise his brave young sons, Beau and Hunter, who survived the accident. In 1977, he met a schoolteacher, Jill, who became his second wife. Together they raised a family, with their two young sons and a new daughter, Ashley. In 1988, Joe suffered from neck pain. By the grace of God, the doctors found the two aneurysms that caused his headaches and removed them.
Joe raised a fine family! Joe's son Beau became a partner in a law firm, captain of the National Guard, serves in JAG, and will be deployed to Iraq in October. His son Hunter is a lawyer in Washington, on the board of Amtrak and has worked in the Commerce Dept.
Since 1991, Joe has also been a professor at a Law School.
As a Senator, Joe has remained very popular among his constituents. He has been re-elected since his first run in 1972, winning each election with at Least 60% of the popular vote!
The opponents of Joe only discuss his passions. Sometimes he speaks with his passion and is not politically correct. No dishonesty, just too honest!
Soap Opera Politics Volume 1, Issue 26