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Congressman

Massachusetts (District: 4)

Democratic

Current

starts 01/03/2013

Biography

Joseph Patrick “Joe” Kennedy III (born October 4, 1980) is an American lawyer, politician and a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennedy_family">Kennedy family, serving as the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">U.S. Representative for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts%27s_4th_congressional_district">Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district since 2013. He is a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_(United_States)">Democrat whose district stretches from the western suburbs of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston">Boston to the state’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Coast_(Massachusetts)">South Coast. The son of former U.S. Representative http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_P._Kennedy_II">Joseph P. Kennedy II, he worked as ahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_Corps">Peace Corps volunteer and as an assistant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_attorney">district attorney in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_and_Islands">Cape and Islands and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlesex_County,_Massachusetts">Middlesex offices before his election to Congress.

Born in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brighton,_Massachusetts">Brighton, Massachusetts, Kennedy was raised in the Boston area with his twin brother, Matthew. After attending http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_University">Stanford University he spent two years in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominican_Republic">Dominican Republic as a member of the Peace Corps, and earned his law degree at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_Law_School">Harvard Law School in 2009. He resigned as a prosecutor in early 2012 to run for the seat held by retiring Congressman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barney_Frank">Barney Frank. He easily won the Democratic nomination through his associations with the Kennedy family, and went on to defeat Republican candidate http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Bielat">Sean Bielat. He was inaugurated in January 2013 and sits on the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._House_Committee_on_Foreign_Affairs">Foreign Affairs and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._House_Committee_on_Science,_Space_and_Technology">Science, Space, and Technology committees.

Having dedicated his career to public service, Joe brings a firm commitment to social justice and economic opportunity to the U.S. House of Representatives. Elected in November of 2012, he represents a diverse district that spans from the suburbs of Boston to the more industrial towns of Massachusetts’ South Coast.

Prior to seeking office, Joe served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Assistant District Attorney in both the Middlesex County and Cape and Island’s District Attorneys’ Offices.  A graduate of Harvard Law, he was an active member of the school’s Legal Aid Bureau – a pro-bono law firm that provided legal services to low-income families around Boston. During that time he also co-founded an afterschool program for at-risk youth in the Boston area with his wife, Lauren.

Earlier in his career Joe served as a member of the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic where he designed and implemented an economic development project that helped create jobs and increase the standard of living in an isolated community near Puerto Plata. Joe has also worked as an international development analyst for the United Nations’ Millennium Project and as an anti-poverty consultant abroad. He is fluent in Spanish and currently sits on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, as well as the House Committee on Science and Technology.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Joe holds a bachelors degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

He lives with his wife, Lauren, and their dog, Banjo, in Brookline, Mass.

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