Birthdate: Oct. 4, 1980
Birth Place: Boston, MA, United States
Residence: Brookline , MA
District: District 4
Joe Kennedy was born and raised in Boston and currently resides in Brookline. He is the son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II and the grandson of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. He received a bachelor's degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University, where he was co-captain of the school's lacrosse team. He also received a law degree from Harvard University.
He served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 2004 to 2006. Kennedy and his twin brother, Matt, co-managed the final re-election campaign of their great-uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy, in 2006. He served as a prosecutor in the Cape and Islands District Attorney's office and later the Middlesex District Attorney's office.
Kennedy is engaged to Lauren Anne Birchfield.
Joe Kennedy, the son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II and grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, is seeking to become the first of his famous family's generation to win elective office. He is also the first member of the family to appear on a ballot in Massachusetts since the death of his great-uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Kennedy's name recognition could serve as a big asset in the race to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Barney Frank in the reconfigured 4th Congressional District, which stretches from the affluent Boston suburbs of Newton, Brookline and Wellesley to the working-class cities of Attleboro, Taunton and Fall River in southeastern Massachusetts.
Kennedy's family connections have also helped propel him to a sizeable fundraising advantage _ by mid-August his campaign had already pulled in more than $3 million in donations, more than any House incumbent from Massachusetts had raised during that same period.
Despite these advantages, Kennedy has frequently stressed that he intended to earn every vote in the district, greeting prospective voters daily and knocking on thousands of doors.
Kennedy believes in growing the economy and boosting small businesses by improving access to capital and simplifying onerous regulations. He also believes the keys to economic growth lie in investment in education and infrastructure.
Kennedy says eliminating the deficit and balancing the budget will require a "balanced" mix of spending cuts and revenue increases. He supports the so-called Buffet rule that would require that no household earning $1 million or more pay a smaller share of taxes than a typical middle-income household.
Source: Associated Press