Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) shared a heartfelt message on Thursday honoring the memory of the late Beau Biden and extending her thoughts to former Vice President Joe Biden and the entire Biden family on the fourth anniversary of his passing.
“Thinking of [former Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden] and the entire Biden family today,” Harris said in a tweet alongside a photo of her with Beau.
Harris, who began serving as California attorney general while Beau was serving as Delaware attorney general, called the elder Biden son a friend, adding that “you couldn’t find a person who cared more deeply for his family, the nation he served, and the state of Delaware.”
Thinking of @JoeBiden, @DrBiden and the entire Biden family today. Beau Biden was my friend. We were AGs together, and you couldn’t find a person who cared more deeply for his family, the nation he served, and the state of Delaware. Four years after his passing, I still miss him. pic.twitter.com/b7lP3TwxYq
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 30, 2019
“Four years after his passing, I still miss him,” she added.
Beau passed away in 2015 at the age of 46 after a battle with brain cancer. Between his work as Delaware attorney general and his service in Iraq with the Delaware National Guard, Beau appeared poised to follow his father’s footsteps into the national spotlight before his death.
The elder Biden son’s passing also came at a time when his father was closing out his service as vice president and mulling a run to succeed former President Barack Obama.
The former vice president briefly put his presidential ambitions aside to grieve with his family but later acknowledged that the window for a successful White House bid had already passed in an emotional October 2015 speech from the Rose Garden.
“I know from previous experience that there’s no timetable for this process,” Biden said, harkening back to the tragedy that marked his entrance into national politics, when his first wife and one-year-old daughter were killed in a car crash just weeks after he won his first election to the Senate.
“The process doesn’t respect or much care about things like filing deadlines or debates and primaries and caucuses,” he added.
Four years later, Biden is now one of the many Democrats vying for the party’s nomination in 2020 — a run that will pit him against the Senator from California. But politics were put aside on Thursday, albeit briefly, to honor the memory of Joe Biden’s son and Kamala Harris’ friend.