Joe Biden just became became the 46th President of the United States. He is the 15th vice president who later became president.
He is only the second, along with Richard Nixon, to have a gap between serving as vice president and being elected president.
Here's a breakdown of how vice presidents first became president:
- 8 vice presidents were first elevated because the sitting president died.
- 6 vice presidents were first elected to the presidency.
- 1 vice president was elevated because the sitting president resigned.
- Gerald R. Ford is the only person to serve as both president and vice president who was never elected to either office.