TOP TRENDING

Ashley Biden is the first daughter ready to slip into Ivanka's shoes


For the past four years, Ivanka Trump has enjoyed unprecedented power and influence as the first daughter of the United States.

But Ivanka and Her husband Jared Kushner, who both hold unpaid but clearly very powerful positions within the Trump presidency, could soon leave the White House. In the past few hours, Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden has taken the lead in Pennsylvania and is now facing victory that leads in four of the remaining swing states.

Ivanka and Jared are replaced by Ashley Biden (39), Joe and Jill Biden's only child, and her plastic surgeon husband, Dr. Howard Kerin (53).

Unlike Ivanka, Ashley doesn't seem to enjoy the limelight, doesn't document her life on Instagram (she only has a private account), and doesn't seem to be looking for a role in her father's administration.

Ashley was born less than a decade before Joe Biden launched his first (unsuccessful) bid for the presidency. Surrounded by politics, he grew up under the watchful eye of brothers Hunter and Beau, the latter of whom died of brain cancer in 2015. The boys were the product of Joe's first marriage to Neilia, who died in a car accident in 1972 with her young daughter Naomi.

Ashley had public arguments with the law – she was reportedly arrested in 1999 for possession of marijuana and in 2002 for interfering with a police officer – and had questions about her husband's role in Biden's campaign, but otherwise stayed largely under the radar. Instead, she has focused on building a career in social work and social justice, and launched a charity apparel label.

In recent months, Ashley has taken on a more public role, joining her father at events and introducing him at the Democratic National Convention, but she still remains a relatively rare sight on the public stage.

Here's a closer look at the woman Ivanka might soon push out of her seat …

BORN INTO POLITICS

Starting young: Senator Joe Biden with his wife Jill, sons Beau and Hunter, and then six-year-old daughter Ashley in his first presidential election in 1987 before the 1988 elections

By his side: Ashley Biden with her father, then a Senator for Delaware, at an event in 2007

By his side: Ashley Biden with her father, then a Senator for Delaware, at an event in 2007

Front and center: Ashley Biden, right, with her mother Dr. Jill Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama watch Joe Biden speak on stage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention

Front and center: Ashley Biden, right, with her mother Dr. Jill Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama watch Joe Biden speak on stage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention

Family Support: Ashley and Jill Biden watch Joe Biden speak during the Democratic primary in South Carolina earlier this year

Family Support: Ashley and Jill Biden watch Joe Biden speak during the Democratic primary in South Carolina earlier this year

Brushing with the Law

After high school, Ashley moved to Louisiana to study at Tulane University and later received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

As a student at Tulane, Ashley was reportedly arrested for possession of marijuana, but no conviction has been recorded.

The report of Ashley's drug-related arrest came in 2009 after a "friend" of the then 27-year-old, whose father was then Vice President, tried to sell a video to the New York Post in which Ashley allegedly took a cocaine party. Joe Biden did not comment on the reports.

In 2002, Ashley was arrested on a crime for obstructing a police officer outside a Chicago bar.

Ashley, then 21, was with a group of people on a street where there are several bars when someone else threw a bottle at an officer, police said at the time.

When police tried to arrest one of the group members, Ashley allegedly blocked the officer's path and made intimidating statements. The charges were dropped after she apologized in court.

A spokeswoman for Biden declined to comment at the time, as it was a private family matter.

Ashley, born in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1981, is now 39 and the daughter and only child of Joe Biden, 77, and English professor Jill, 69. Her father was first elected a senator almost a decade before World Politics.

Ashley has described how her passion for public service was "in her DNA", thanks not only to her father's political career but also to her mother's work as an English professor.

Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Jill, who has four degrees, taught at a community college in Delaware, a public high school, and a youth mental health clinic.

"The passion (for the civil service) started at a very young age," said Ashley in a 2017 interview with Glamor. "My father is a lifelong civil servant; My mother was a teacher at a public school – it's in my DNA.

“I always loved animals when I was a kid, and I found that Bonne Bell's lip gloss was tested on animals. So I organized my school to write letters to (the company). Then I became obsessed with the plight of dolphins getting stuck in tuna nets. My father put me in touch with Congresswoman Barbara Boxer, whom I called "Dolphin Lady," and she got me down to the ground trying to get the Republican Congresswoman into the Consumer Information Act to protect the dolphins.

The well-connected schoolgirl balanced her high level extracurricular activities with positions on the lacrosse and field hockey teams at Wilmington Friends School, a private school in her hometown.

In addition to Ashley, Joe Biden had three children with his first wife, Neilia.

Neilia and her young daughter Naomi tragically died in a car accident in December 1972, shortly after Mr Biden was elected to the Senate.

Her sons Hunter and Beau were also in the car at the time, but survived.

Tragedy struck the Biden family again in 2015 when Beau died of brain cancer.

A career in social work … and a foray into fashion

Make a Difference: Ashley, pictured with her dad at a 2016 cocktail party, built a career as a social worker and social justice advocate before leaving her role last year

Make a Difference: Ashley, pictured with her dad at a 2016 cocktail party, built a career as a social worker and social justice advocate before leaving her role last year

Foray into fashion: Ashley announced three years ago that she was starting a Passion Project, a line of sweatshirts that will benefit local Delaware charities. Fashionista Olivia Palermo supported Ashley at the launch

The Bidens at the start

Foray into fashion: Ashley announced three years ago that she was starting a Passion Project, a line of sweatshirts that will benefit local Delaware charities. Fashionista Olivia Palermo and Vice President as well as Dr. Biden (right) assisted Ashley at the start

Personal motivation: The logo for her brand Livelihood pays homage to her brother Beau, who died in 2015 (right). Pictured Ashley with brothers Hunter and Beau at the 2012 Democratic National Convention

Personal motivation: The logo for her brand Livelihood pays homage to her brother Beau, who died in 2015 (right). Pictured Ashley with brothers Hunter and Beau at the 2012 Democratic National Convention

Because of her early interest, Ashley has pursued a career as a social justice activist and social worker.

For 15 years she was a social worker at the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families in Delaware. During that time, she created programs that focused on youth justice, nursing, and mental health.

In 2012, she moved to the Delaware Center for Justice as an associate director, where she focused on criminal justice reform in the state. She helped set up and run programs and services at the center that focused on public education, adult victim services, gun violence, incarcerated women, and community re-entry. In 2014 she was promoted to Executive Director of the Center and held this position until 2019.

"Every day is really powerful," she said of her work in 2017. "Last night one of the case managers got someone out of jail and she left at nine at night to get him a uniform for his new one . " Job and took a picture of him looking so proud to be back at work wearing that uniform. The work we do affects real people. & # 39;

We sometimes have to be pulled all the way down to shoot forward. Beau was my bow. His cancer brought me to my knees

Three years ago, Ashley announced that she was starting a Passion Project, a line of sweatshirts going to local Delaware charities, inspired by the death of her brother Beau. His logo, an "LH" with a pierced arrow, pays homage to him.

“Sometimes we have to be pulled all the way down to shoot forward. He was my bow. His cancer brought me to my knees, ”she told the Washington Post. "I had no choice but to shoot forward, keep going, and keep aiming at my own dreams."

The aim is to donate 10 percent of sales in specified postcodes to community organizations.

"The most effective social programs are in local communities," she said earlier. "You know best where the funding should go."

Vice President Biden appeared at New York Fashion Week promoting the label. He is "very proud" of his daughter.

Ashley returned to her fashion designer muscles last year as an offshoot of Livelihood, creating new uniforms for the Hamilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

A private marriage

Personal life: Ashley is married to Dr. Howard Kerin, assistant professor of ear, nose and throat medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and founding partner and co-director of Jefferson's Facial Aesthetic and Reconstructive Center. He is 14 years older than her

Personal life: Ashley is married to Dr. Howard Kerin, assistant professor of ear, nose and throat medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and founding partner and co-director of Jefferson's Facial Aesthetic and Reconstructive Center. He is 14 years older than her

Out of the Spotlight: Ashley and Howard spend most of their time out of the spotlight. In the picture she is posing with Jill Biden during a 2013 visit to India

Out of the Spotlight: Ashley and Howard spend most of their time out of the spotlight. In the picture she is posing with Jill Biden during a 2013 visit to India

Family: Ashley Biden with her father, mother and husband Howard in Singapore in 2013

Family: Ashley Biden with her father, mother and husband Howard in Singapore in 2013

QUESTIONS ABOUT WHITE HOUSE ACCESS

Joe Biden's campaign last month raised questions about his son-in-law's role after it was reported that Howard Kerin advised the Democrat on a possible conflict of interest regarding the coronavirus.

Krein's venture capital business StartUp Health has launched a special initiative to invest in healthcare startups that offer solutions to the COVID pandemic, Politico reported as Kerin took part in daily calls to alert Biden about the virus.

His dual role as advisor to the campaign in investing in solutions to the outbreak could result in a conflict of interest or whether his business is benefiting from his father-in-law.

Kerin has no formal political or advisory role in the campaign, a Biden official told DailyMail.com.

Kerin occasionally joined in conversations with Biden to share his perspective as a healthcare worker who has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 since the pandemic began, including treating patients and coordinating his hospital's response.

The 53-year-old Kerin also served on the Board of Directors of the Biden Cancer Initiative from 2017 to 2019.

Ashley is married to Dr. Howard Kerin, an assistant professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University and a founding partner and co-director of Jefferson's Facial Aesthetic and Reconstructive Center.

The couple met in 2010 after being introduced by Ashley's older brother, Beau.

Less than two years later, Philadelphia-born Howard, who is 14 years older than Ashley, asked the question in a romantic sunset proposal on a cliff in Big Sur, California after asking Vice President Biden for his blessing.

The couple married in the summer of 2012 at the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church in Greenville, Delaware, where Ashley was baptized.

A rabbi headed the interfaith ministry, which reflected their Catholic and Jewish traditions.

Ashley remains a practicing Catholic and received a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2016.

The bride, led down the aisle by her proud father, looked shiny in a Vera Wang gown with a flattering sweetheart neckline and a stunning tiered fishtail train.

Speaking to People magazine ahead of the wedding, Vice President Biden admitted that he feared he would be overwhelmed by emotion that day.

"I kept telling Ash we need to open up the church and practice walking up and down the hall so I can handle it," he said.

After the ceremony, the couple and 200 family members and friends traveled to the reception at the Bidens family home on the lake in nearby Wilmington, where family dining was served in the backyard.

Joe and Jill Biden had reportedly personally spent time in the garden to make sure it looked the best for the wedding.

Ashley and Howard settled in Philadelphia, where they probably still live.

At her father's side

Growing up: Joe Biden smiles at his daughter Ashley in a photo from the 1980s

Growing up: Joe Biden smiles at his daughter Ashley in a photo from the 1980s

Front Row Seat: Jill, Joe, and Ashley Biden listen to Barack Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Front Row Seat: Jill, Joe, and Ashley Biden listen to Barack Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Proud: Ashley introduces her father at the 2016 Father Of The Year Awards

Proud: Ashley introduces her father at the 2016 Father Of The Year Awards

Public Outings: Ashley has been publicly joining her dad for the past few months. In the picture a wreath during a memorial service on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in March

Public Outings: Ashley has been publicly joining her dad for the past few months. In the picture a wreath during a memorial service on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in March

Ashley hadn't officially joined her father's campaign until June last year.

Unlike Ivanka, she prefers not to be in the limelight and was not a ubiquitous figure on the campaign.

There is no doubt, however, that Ashley takes pride in what her father achieved and even featured him on stage once at the glitzy Father Of The Year Awards.

In the past few months, Ashley has also taken on a more public role in the campaign, notably introducing Vice President Biden at the virtual Democratic National Convention with her brother Hunter.

I adore my father, but I also firmly believe that he has the character and vision to lead this country

"He will be absolutely stable … he will treat everyone with respect, no matter who you are," she said in her virtual address. "He will love you with all his heart," added that his entire family believes it because that's how he treated his children and grandchildren.

Ashley also stood next to her mother when Joe Biden wiped away a tear at a South Carolina election rally as her father made his speech.

Ashley voiced her voice as a presenter in August Wisconsin Women for Biden event to discuss the women's agenda published by her father's campaign and raise awareness of women's issues in the United States 2020 presidential election.

"I'm here today because I adore my father, but I also firmly believe that he has the character and vision to lead this country," she reportedly said at the event.

"When I say I'm ready for a Biden presidency, it's not just because I think my father is the best person." With my father as president, he will help us solve some of the great challenges of our generation.

"And he has the empathy and strength to help us eradicate the racial and economic differences that undermine all communities."

(tagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) Femail (t) Joe Biden (t) US swing states (t) Ivanka Trump (t) Pennsylvania