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Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden are returning home to Delaware.  

Joe and Jill Biden have been awarded the prestigious Josiah Marvel Cup Award by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

"This was not part of the deal," a surprised Biden said when the winner was announced. 

The 47th vice president and former Delaware state Senator of 36 years was also the keynote speaker at the Chamber's 181st Annual Dinner at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

In his acceptance speech, Biden who was without Dr. Biden because she was working, let everyone know about his love for Delaware.

"When I die, Delaware will be written on my heart," said Biden. "It's the most remarkable state to be able to represent.  When people know you, and they still vote for you, that's a hell of a compliment."  

Biden has convened sessions of the president's cabinet, led interagency efforts, and worked with Congress on a number of issues, including reducing gun violence, addressing violence against women and ending cancer.

Biden has also established the Biden Institute at University of Delaware and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, since leaving office.  He's also mulling a run for the presidency.  

In the position, Biden will lead the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, a "new center focused principally on diplomacy, foreign policy, and national security,"

Despite all of those accolades, there's one position Biden puts above everything else. 

"The greatest honor of my life was serving the state of Delaware as United States Senator," Biden said. "I mean that, sincerely." 

Dr. Jill Biden has been an educator for more than three decades, and as Second Lady, she worked to bring attention to the sacrifices made by military families, through the Joining Forces initiative with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Dr. Biden also coordinated the "Community College to Career" tour which highlighted the importance of community colleges and successful industry partnerships between community colleges and employers.

She started the Biden Breast Health Initiative in Delaware in 1993, and while Second Lady, she served as Honorary Co-Chair, along with Vice President Biden, for the Global Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C.

The Marvel Cup honors a Delawarean who has made an outstanding contribution to the state, community, or society.

The award established in 1951 is named in memory of the Honorable Josiah Marvel--the first president of the Delaware State Chamber in 1913-1914.