Biden leaves behind him an important legacy


When word first started circulating that former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden had passed away, many of us initially reacted with shock. Then sadness.

Obviously, Biden was the son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, probably Delaware’s most famous citizen, and that alone made him a prominent figure in the state. Add in to the equation that he was handsome and charming, and Beau appeared to be someone out of central casting for a role as an up-and-coming member of a power family.

But Biden was far more than that. He was a man who stood on his own merits and accomplishments.

He was elected Attorney General in 2006, and as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard, Biden briefly left his post to serve in Iraq. He returned home briefly in January 2009 to watch his father be inaugurated as vice president, and then returned to his unit in Iraq, ultimately completing his year-long active-duty stint.

It was also 2009 when he announced he would not seek to replace his father on the U.S. Senate, as many had speculated, because he wanted to focus his attention on prosecuting convicted serial child molester Dr. Earl Bradley. That case garnered national attention, and Bradley was ultimately sentenced to 14 consecutive terms of life, plus 165 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

That was not Biden’s only foray into protecting children in the state, as he made it a personal crusade upon entering office to locate and better monitor registered sex offenders who listed “homeless” as an address.

That practice continues today, with cooperation from the Delaware State Police.

On behalf of the family, Hallie Biden has requested that, in lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a contribution in memory of Biden do so to the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children at www.beaubidenfoundation.org.

Biden leaves behind his wife and two children, as well as a state grateful for his service.