Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III took office as Delaware's 44th Attorney General in January 2007.
During Biden's tenure, Delaware has become a national leader in the fight to protect children from predators and in the response to the housing crisis that brought our economy to the brink of collapse.
Because nothing is more important than protecting our kids, one of Biden's first acts in office in 2007 was to create the Child Predator Task Force. The task force aligns police and prosecutors to track down and arrest those seeking to harm our kids. To ensure predators are taken off the street, Biden successfully worked with the General Assembly to impose strict, mandatory prison sentences for the possessors of child pornography. The task force surpassed the 150-conviction mark in early 2013.
To help children victimized by abusers, Biden teamed with other state agencies, non-profit organizations and the private sector to bring the Stewards of Children training program to Delaware. The program, which has already reached more than 10,000 Delawareans, teaches adults how to recognize the signs of child abuse and report such abuses to authorities, which is required under Delaware law.
Biden has led a two-pronged response to the housing crisis that focuses on helping homeowners while ensuring accountability for those responsible. To help homeowners avoid foreclosure, Biden launched a series of statewide housing workshops to educate homeowners about alternatives to foreclosure, available assistance programs, and to connect them with their lenders. In 2012, Biden launched the Office of Foreclosure Prevention and Financial Education to further assist homeowners, and the Delaware Mortgage Mediation Program, which guarantees homeowners have the opportunity to sit down with their lenders and have a meaningful, face-to-face conversation with their bank before a foreclosure can proceed.
Biden and his team have taken numerous steps to hold those responsible accountable for their roles in causing the housing crisis. In February 2012, he signed onto a record national settlement with five of the nation's largest banks that brought more than $13 million to the State and has meant more than $75 million in financial benefits for Delaware homeowners and others harmed by the crisis. In November 2013, he reached a $20 million settlement with JP Morgan Chase over the bank's failure to disclose the real risk of mortgage-backed securities. Biden has also filed legal actions against the shadowy mortgage registry at the center of the housing crisis, a leading credit ratings agency and other entities.
Biden's public service began at the United States Department of Justice in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Counsel in the Office of Policy Development, working on a variety of issues, including those related to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and with regard to missing and exploited children. Biden served as a Federal Prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office in Philadelphia from 1997 until 2002.