Last updated on: 12/24/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Joe Biden, JD Biography

Title:
US Vice President-elect
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Today, we continue to struggle with the problem of doping in sport. American athletes – in both Olympic and professional sports – are not immune from the temptation to abuse steroids and other substances…

Along with many others, I have been closely involved in [banning performance enhancing drugs]. In 1990, when I was chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I wrote the Anabolic Steroids Control Act, which added ‘anabolic steroids’ to Schedule Three of the Controlled Substances Act and began to list a host of substances falling within that definition. In 2004, I proposed legislation to update that law and added the substances ‘THG’ and ‘Andro,’ and their chemical cousins, to the list of anabolic steroids.

The reasons for these changes were simple: these substances not only pose great health risks, but they threaten the fundamental integrity of sport and send the wrong message to our kids – that cheating to get ahead is acceptable, no matter the cost.

So I worked hard to ban these substances, educate our youth and professional athletes, and reduce this wrongful behavior in American sports.”

Sen. Biden’s opening statement at the International Convention Against Doping in Sports, May 22, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Vice President-elect, 2008-2017
  • US Senator (D-DE), 1972-2008
  • Chairman, Ranking Member, and Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, early 1990s-present
  • Chairman, Ranking Member, and Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, 1981-present
  • Co-Chairman, Senate NATO Observer Group
  • Co-Chairman, Senate National Security Working Group
  • Vice Chairman, NATO Parliamentary Assembly
  • Co-Chairman, Congressional Fireman’s Caucus
  • Co-Chairman, Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus
  • Member, Senate Democratic Steering and Coordination Committees
  • Member, Congressional Air Force Caucus
  • Member, National Guard Caucus
  • Member, Senate Auto Caucus
  • Member, Senate Biotechnology Caucus
  • Member, Congressional Port Security Caucus
  • Councilman, New Castle County, 1970-1972
Education:
  • JD, Syracuse University College of Law, 1968
  • BA, History & Political Science, University of Delaware, 1965
  • Archmere Academy, 1961
Other:
  • His favorite sport is football
Quoted in:
  1. Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?
  2. Should Steroid Use Be Accepted in Sports?