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  Kennedy, Patrick J.
NamePatrick J. Kennedy
Brigantine, New Jersey , United States
Website [Link]
Born July 14, 1967 (49 years)
ContributorBarack O-blame-a
Last ModifedBob
Oct 08, 2012 11:12pm
InfoCongressman Patrick J. Kennedy, 35, was re-elected to serve a fourth term in Congress in November 2000 as the representative from the First District of Rhode Island. He received 67 percent of the vote, winning all 20 cities and towns in the district for the third election in a row.
Congressman Kennedy made the decision early to continue his family's tradition of public service. A graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, Kennedy came to Rhode Island to attend Providence College where he received his degree in Social Science in 1991.

While at Providence College, Kennedy became politically active, first helping to revive the college's Young Democrats' organization, and then, in March 1988, winning election as a Democratic National Convention delegate committed to Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.

In the Democratic primary in September 1988, at the age of 21, he unseated a five-term incumbent in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, becoming the youngest Kennedy family member ever to win office. Representing District 9, comprised of the Mount Pleasant and Elmhurst neighborhoods of Providence, Kennedy was re-elected in 1990 and 1992.

As a member of the Rhode Island House, he served on both the Health, Education and Welfare and Special Legislative Committees. In 1992, he was named Chairman of the House Rules Committee and championed reform and open government in the General Assembly. He was a leader on gun control issues, sponsoring the state's seven-day waiting period for gun purchases.

In November 1994, he defeated Republican Kevin Vigilante to win an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. At the age of 27, he was the youngest member elected to Congress that year.

Kennedy served three terms on both the House Armed Services Committee and the Resources Committee.

In December 1998, he was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, but requested a leave of absence in order to fulfill a two-year term as the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He remained a member of the Armed Services and Resources Committee while overseeing the operations of the DCCC, the Democrats' campaign and political arm.

In January 2001, Kennedy assumed his seat on the Appropriations Committee, which has the authority over all of the federal government's discretionary spending. As part of his Appropriations duties, Kennedy sits on the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and Judiciary.

Kennedy, who is single, was born on July 14, 1967, in Brighton, Mass. He recently moved into a new home in Portsmouth. He is the youngest of three children of Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Joan Bennett Kennedy.

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09/10/2005-09/11/2005 Brown University 49.00% ( 7.0) 37.00% ( 0.0) 14.00% ( 7.0)
06/25/2005-06/27/2005 Brown University 56.00% ( 14.0) 37.00% ( 8.0) 7.00% ( 6.0)
06/12/2004-06/14/2004 Brown University 42.00% ( 2.0) 45.00% ( 2.0) 13.00% ( 0.0)
02/22/2004-02/23/2004 Brown University 44.00% ( 1.0) 43.00% ( 3.0) 13.00% ( 4.0)
02/07/2004-02/09/2004 Brown University 45.00% ( 8.0) 46.00% ( 4.0) 9.00% ( 4.0)
09/13/2003-09/15/2003 Brown University 37.00% ( 6.0) 50.00% ( 6.0) 13.00% ( 0.0)
06/21/2003-06/22/2003 Brown University 43.00% ( 0.0) 44.00% ( 0.0) 13.00% ( 0.0)

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Oct 08, 2012 04:00pm News Patrick Kennedy hailed as ‘Democrats’ savior’ in new NJ home  Article Scott³ 
Nov 22, 2009 01:15pm General [Rep. Patrick] Kennedy: Barred from Communion   Article Monsieur 
Jun 13, 2006 02:00pm News Kennedy to plead guilty in car crash-prosecutor  Article Scott³ 
May 12, 2006 11:00am Commentary CONSERVATIVES NEED 12-STEP PROGRAM TO MANHOOD  Article SC Moose 
May 05, 2006 02:00pm News Rep. Kennedy to enter rehab in wake of crash  Article Ripzaw 
May 04, 2006 05:00pm News Rep. [Patrick] Kennedy involved in early morning accident  Article J.R. 
Apr 13, 2006 02:00pm News Rep. Kennedy Hit in the Mouth by Hammer  Article COSDem 
Apr 14, 2005 12:00pm News Kennedy Family Feud  Article Ben 
Apr 04, 2005 12:00am News Joan Kennedy in Spotlight After Fall  Article User 13 
Jun 27, 2003 12:00am Statement Rep. Patrick Kennedy: 'I don't need Bush's tax cut. I have never worked a [bleeping] day in my life'....  Article None Entered 

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Father Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy 1932-2009
Grandfather Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. 1888-1969
Uncle John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1917-1963
1st Cousin Caroline Kennedy 1957-
1st Cousin John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. 1960-1999
Aunt Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver 1921-2009
1st Cousin Bobby Shriver 1954-
1st Cousin Maria Shriver 1955-
1st Cousin Mark K. Shriver 1964-
1st Cousin Anthony Kennedy Shriver 1965-
Aunt Patricia Kennedy Lawford 1924-2006
Uncle Robert Francis Kennedy 1925-1968
1st Cousin Kathleen Kennedy Townsend 1951-
1st Cousin Joseph P. Kennedy II 1952-
1st Cousin Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. 1954-
1st Cousin Kerry Kennedy 1959-
1st Cousin Chris Kennedy 1963-
1st Cousin Max Kennedy 1965-
Aunt Jean Kennedy Smith 1928-
Grandmother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy 1890-1995
Great-Grandfather John F. Fitzgerald 1863-1950
Brother Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy, Jr. 1961-
Mother Joan Bennett Kennedy 1936-

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