Meet Caroline Nicole Biden, daughter of Joe’s brother Jim and wife Sara

Bruno Cooke January 26, 2023
Meet Caroline Nicole Biden, daughter of Joe’s brother Jim and wife Sara
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The Washington Free Beacon recently published a report about the Bidens, the title of which quotes Hunter as allegedly describing the family as “sick,” and whose contents will likely have introduced many to Hunter’s cousin – and Joe’s niece – Caroline Nicole Biden.

Specifically, it quotes what it claims are texts Caroline Biden exchanged with her cousin, Hunter.

It also makes reference to a guilty plea Caroline submitted in the summer of 2018 over a bill on a stolen credit card.

Here’s what we know about this particular branch of the Biden family, including the careers and ages of Caroline Nicole, Jim and Sara.

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Who is Caroline Nicole Biden, and what is her relationship with Joe and Hunter?

Caroline Nicole is Joe’s niece and Hunter’s cousin. She’s the daughter of Joe’s brother Jim and his wife Sara.

She is one of the seven nieces and nephews of Joe Biden, and has largely kept her face and name out of the spotlight. 

However, she has had a few run-ins with the law, to which the Washington Free Beacon article mentioned above alludes.

For example, in 2014 at the age of 26, Caroline Biden was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and harassment after what the New York Post describes as a “confrontation over unpaid rent with her roommate.”

And in 2018, the same paper reported that she had “grown up.” She reportedly showed remorse after avoiding jail time following an arrest over a debt of $100K. A year earlier, she had admitted to grand larceny and petty larceny, CBS News reported at the time.

How old is she now, and what did she do for a living?

Born May 29, 1987, Caroline Biden is 35 years of age, at the time of publication. She will turn 36 later this year.

In 2013, the New York Daily News wrote that Biden was working at an upper East Side art gallery and sharing an apartment there for which the monthly rent was between $3,000 and $5,000.

The name of the gallery is, or was, reportedly Higher Pictures. That same year, the Post referred to her as Joe Biden’s “art-dealer niece.”

Besides these references to her working at an art gallery, however, employment information for Joe Biden’s niece is scant.

What about her parents, Sara and James ‘Jimmy’ Biden?

Caroline Nicole Biden’s parents are Sara Jones Biden and James “Jimmy” Biden. 

Sara is from Owensboro, in Daviess County, Kentucky; she and her husband James married there in August of 1995, according to a post on the Messenger-Inquirer from November 2020.

At that time, she and her family were members of the Lewis Lane Baptist Church, the post continues. They now live – or at least lived in 2020 – in Philadelphia. 

James goes by Jim, writes The Washington Post, and within the family, people call him Jimmy. The paper describes him as the “protector in the Biden family”: “the one who made sure the machinery ran while his brother soared.”

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What do Caroline Nicole Biden’s parents do for a living?

Her mother Sara is a lawyer. She specializes in litigation, health and family law, according to her profile on the Prabook website.

She went to the University of Kentucky, graduating with a BA in 1983. Four years later, she completed her Juris Doctor degree in 1987 at Duke University School of Law. The year of her first admission was 1987. She serves Merion Station, Pennsylvania.

Jim Biden, meanwhile, has been at his brother’s side at “nearly every critical junction in Joe’s life,” writes ProPublica. In his time, he has been a nightclub owner and an insurance broker; a political consultant and fundraiser; and a startup investor and construction company executive.

He is now in his early 70s. His wife Sara, on the other hand, is 63.

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Bruno Cooke has been a freelance journalist since 2019, primarily with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus, and has written for HITC, Groundviews and the Sheffield University newspaper – he earned his MA in Global Journalism there in 2021. He’s the Spoken Word Poetry Editor for The Friday Poem, and self-published his debut novel Reveries in 2019, which his mum called both a “fine read” and “excellent Christmas present”. Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes, among other things: bicycle touring, black and white Japanese films, pub quizzes, fermentation and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will set off with his partner on a round-the-world cycle.