Meet the Freshmen: Representative-Elect Joe Kennedy (D-MA-4)
In this series of “Meet the Freshmen” blog posts, we will introduce the seven newly-elected members of the New England Congressional delegation. During the week of November 19, we took a look at the newly-elected members of the Senate. During the week of November 26, we’ll introduce the newest members of the House. NEC members can read about all seven new members of our region’s delegation in a special edition Weekly Washington Report in the Members Only section of our website.
Joseph Kennedy won election in Massachusetts’ fourth congressional district with 61 percent of the vote to take the seat left vacant by retiring Representative Barney Frank (D-MA). It was Mr. Kennedy’s first run for elected office after serving as the Assistant District Attorney for the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. After attending Stanford and spending spent two years in the Dominican Republic working for the Peace Corps, he attended Harvard University School of Law and helped run the re-election campaign of his uncle Edward Kennedy (D-MA) in 2006. He has said his number one goal will be getting people back to work by empowering small businesses and increasing access to capital. He said leveling the economic playing field was the theme of his campaign and has also said he is interested in education and increasing access to early-childhood education. Kennedy has been an advocate of abortion rights and also hopes to work on international affairs. See Kennedy’s Campaign Website