Sporting a military-style haircut and a fresh scar on the left side of his head, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden made his first public appearance since having an undisclosed, but “successful” medical procedure at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in August.
Biden met with the Office of Management and Budget at Legislative Hall in Dover to go over the Delaware Department of Justice’s FY 2015 budget requests.
Back to work since September, Biden has not been seen at press events for several months. When asked about how he’s feeling/doing, Biden said he has a “clean bill of health,” saying his new cut was for the National Guard. A major in the Delaware Army Guard, he deployed to Iraq in 2009.
When pressed further about the scar, Biden deflected questions about it and his medical condition.
“I’m very lucky and I want to thank everyone, especially at Thanksgiving, who have reached out to me since August. I’ve been back at work since Sept. 4th and responded to a lot of emails, and text messages, and phone calls, and letters and I couldn’t be more grateful to people.”
Biden says he is planning to run for re-election in 2014. “My wife and I will sit down around the holidays and make that final decision but that’s my final plan right now,” he said.
This is not the first health scare for Biden, who suffered a mild stroke in May 2010.
During the OMB meeting, Biden’s office highlighted the success of its Child Predator Unit.
“Great things we’ve done in terms of fighting crime and especially makings sure kids are protected with our Child Protection Unit,” said Biden. “We started in 2007, and [have] done some really good things and working on some tough cases up and down this state.”
Delaware Dept. of Justice representatives also noted that the office has secured more than $185 million for Delawareans and more than $70 million for the state in 2013.