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  Kennedy, Edward M. "Ted"
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AffiliationDemocratic  
<-  2008-01-01  
 
NameEdward M. "Ted" Kennedy
Address50 Marchant Ave.
Barnstable, Massachusetts , United States
EmailNone
Website [Link]
Born February 22, 1932
Died August 25, 2009 (77 years)
ContributorArmyDem
Last ModifiedRBH
Apr 12, 2013 04:04pm
Tags Caucasian - Irish - Very Liberal - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Anti-Death Penalty - Anti-Missile Defense - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Anti-Term Limits - Government Reform - Health Care Reform - Pro Environment - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Labor - Married - Alcoholic - Cancer - U.S. Army - Catholic - Christian - Straight -
InfoEdward Moore Kennedy

Edward M. Kennedy was the third longest-serving member of the United States Senate in American history. Voters of Massachusetts elected him to the Senate nine times—a record matched by only one other Senator.

The scholar Thomas Mann said his time in the Senate was “an amazing and endurable presence. You want to go back to the 19th century to find parallels, but you won’t find parallels.”

President Obama has described his breathtaking span of accomplishment: “For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health, and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.”

He fought for and won so many great battles—on voting rights, education, immigration reform, the minimum wage, national service, the nation’s first major legislation to combat AIDS, and equality for minorities, women, the disabled and gay Americans.

He called health care “the cause of my life,” and succeeded in bringing quality and affordable health care for countless Americans, including children, seniors and Americans with disabilities. Until the end he was working tirelessly to achieve historic national health reform. He was an opponent of the Vietnam War and an early champion of the war’s refugees. He was a powerful yet lonely voice from the beginning against the invasion of Iraq. He stood for human rights abroad—from Chile to the former Soviet Union – and was a leader in the cause of poverty relief for the poorest nations of Africa and the world. He believed in a strong national defense and he also unceasingly pursued and advanced the work of nuclear arms control.

He was the conscience of his party, and also the Senate’s greatest master of forging compromise with the other party. Known as the “Lion of the Senate,” Senator Kennedy was widely respected on both sides of the aisle for his commitment to progress and his ability to legislate.

Senator Kennedy was Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Previously he was Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and served on that committee for many years. He also served on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. He was a leader of the Congressional Friends of Ireland and helped lead the way toward peace on that island.

He was a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Virginia Law School. He lived in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, with his wife Vicki. He is survived by her and their five children Kara, Edward Jr., and Patrick Kennedy, and Curran and Caroline Raclin, and his sister Jean Kennedy Smith.

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JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
01/20/2009-02/21/2009 Survey USA 76.00% ( 20.0) 21.00% ( 17.0) 3.00% ( 3.0)
04/11/2008-04/13/2008 Survey USA 56.00% ( 7.0) 38.00% ( 8.0) 6.00% ( 0.0)
03/14/2008-03/16/2008 Survey USA 63.00% ( 5.0) 30.00% ( 7.0) 6.00% ( 1.0)
02/15/2008-02/17/2008 Survey USA 58.00% ( 3.0) 37.00% ( 1.0) 5.00% ( 2.0)
10/12/2007-10/14/2007 Survey USA 61.00% ( 0.0) 36.00% ( 2.0) 3.00% ( 2.0)
07/13/2007-07/15/2007 Survey USA 61.00% ( 4.0) 34.00% ( 1.0) 5.00% ( 3.0)
11/08/2006-11/11/2006 Survey USA 65.00% ( 7.0) 33.00% ( 4.0) 2.00% ( 2.0)
06/09/2006-06/11/2006 Survey USA 58.00% ( 3.0) 37.00% ( 4.0) 4.00% ( 3.0)
08/12/2005-08/14/2005 Survey USA 61.00% ( 0.0) 33.00% ( 1.0) 7.00% ( 2.0)
06/10/2005-06/12/2005 Survey USA 61.00% ( 0.0) 34.00% ( 0.0) 5.00% ( 0.0)

BOOKS
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True Compass: A Memoir  Purchase COSDem 
America Back on Track  Purchase RP 

EVENTS
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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Nov 22, 2009 02:40pm General Sizing up the next generation of Kennedys  Article Monsieur 
Aug 28, 2009 11:00am General George H.W. Bush skipping Kennedy service  Article Nothing wrong, just gone 
Aug 26, 2009 04:45pm Blog Entry Sarah Palin's Facebook 'Friends' Celebrate Ted Kennedy's Death: "One Less Socialist," "Good Riddens"  Article ArmyDem 
Aug 26, 2009 04:25pm General KENNEDY TO BE BURIED AT ARLINGTON  Article Nothing wrong, just gone 
Aug 26, 2009 09:15am Press Release Romney, Who Faced Kennedy In '94, Mourns "Big-Hearted" Senator   Article Monsieur 
Aug 26, 2009 12:40am Obituary Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy dead at 77  Article Jake 

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FAMILY
Wife Joan Bennett Kennedy Nov 29, 1958-Dec 06, 1982
Wife Victoria "Vicki" Reggie Kennedy Jul 03, 1992-Aug 25, 2009
Son Edward M. Kennedy, Jr. 1961-
Son Patrick J. Kennedy 1967-
Father Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. 1888-1969
Brother John F. Kennedy 1917-1963
Niece Caroline Kennedy 1957-
Nephew John F. Kennedy, Jr. 1960-1999
Sister Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver 1921-2009
Nephew Bobby Shriver 1954-
Niece Maria Shriver 1955-
Nephew Mark K. Shriver 1964-
Nephew Anthony Kennedy Shriver 1965-
Sister Patricia Kennedy Lawford 1924-2006
Brother Robert F. Kennedy 1925-1968
Niece Kathleen Kennedy Townsend 1951-
Nephew Joseph P. Kennedy II 1952-
Nephew Robert F. Kennedy Jr. 1954-
Niece Kerry Kennedy 1959-
Nephew Chris Kennedy 1963-
Nephew Max Kennedy 1965-
Sister Jean Kennedy Smith 1928-
Mother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy 1890-1995
Grandfather John F. Fitzgerald 1863-1950

INFORMATION LINKS
1980 Democratic National Convention Address - Edward M. Kennedy  Discuss
Chappaquiddick - Edward M. Kennedy  Discuss
Tribute to Senator Robert F. Kennedy - Edward M. Kennedy  Discuss
Truth and Tolerance in America - Edward M. Kennedy  Discuss
RACES
  08/12/2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Won 6.25% (+0.00%)
  01/03/2007 Seat 01 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2006 MA US Senate Won 69.30% (+38.75%)
  11/07/2000 MA US Senate Won 72.61% (+59.73%)
  09/19/2000 MA US Senate - D Primary Won 98.97% (+97.94%)
  11/08/1994 MA US Senate Won 58.07% (+17.06%)
  09/20/1994 MA US Senate- D Primary Won 98.86% (+97.73%)
  11/08/1988 MA US Senate Won 64.97% (+31.04%)
  11/02/1982 MA US Senate Won 60.82% (+22.55%)
  08/14/1980 US President - D Convention Lost 34.72% (-29.32%)
  06/03/1980 US President - D Primaries Lost 37.57% (-13.54%)
  11/02/1976 MA US Senate Won 69.31% (+40.30%)
  09/14/1976 MA US Senate - D Primary Won 73.86% (+57.63%)
  07/15/1976 US President - D Convention Lost 0.03% (-74.45%)
  07/01/1976 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.12% (-39.07%)
  07/13/1972 US President - D Convention Lost 0.43% (-56.93%)
  07/13/1972 US Vice President - D Convention Lost 0.51% (-58.56%)
  06/06/1972 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.10% (-25.66%)
  06/06/1972 US President - R Primaries Lost 0.00% (-86.79%)
  03/07/1972 NH US Vice President - D Primary Lost 1.99% (-83.33%)
  01/21/1971 US Senate Majority Whip Lost 43.64% (-12.73%)
  11/03/1970 MA US Senate Won 62.16% (+25.16%)
  09/04/1968 NY US President - L Convention Lost 0.45% (-89.19%)
  08/29/1968 US President - D Convention Lost 0.50% (-66.93%)
  07/29/1968 US Vice President - D Convention Lost 0.15% (-73.86%)
  06/11/1968 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.05% (-38.67%)
  11/03/1964 MA US Senate Won 74.26% (+48.84%)
  03/10/1964 NH US Vice President - D Primary Lost 0.21% (-95.37%)
  11/06/1962 MA US Senate - Special Election Won 52.92% (+8.42%)
  09/18/1962 MA US Senate - D Primary Won 69.33% (+38.66%)
ENDORSEMENTS
MA US President - D Primary - Feb 05, 2008 D Barack Obama
US President - D Primaries - Jun 03, 2008 D Barack Obama
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Jan 31, 2006 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Chief Justice - Sep 29, 2005 NPA Reject
MA US President - D Primary - Mar 02, 2004 D John Kerry
US President - D Primaries - Jun 09, 2004 D John Kerry
CA Governor Recall - Question 1 - Oct 07, 2003 NO No
MA US President D Primary - Mar 07, 2000 D Al Gore
US President - D Primaries - Jul 01, 2000 D Al Gore
Methuen Mayor - Nov 02, 1999 D Sharon M. Pollard
Second Circuit Court Judge - Oct 02, 1998 I Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Jul 29, 1994 D Stephen G. Breyer
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 03, 1993 D Ruth Bader Ginsburg
US President - D Primaries - Jul 01, 1992 D Paul E. Tsongas
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Oct 15, 1991 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Oct 02, 1990 NPA Reject
NYC Mayor - D Primary - Sep 12, 1989 D David Dinkins
Majority Leader - Nov 29, 1988 D George J. Mitchell
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Feb 03, 1988 R Anthony M. Kennedy
US President - D Primaries - Jul 01, 1988 D Michael Dukakis
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Oct 23, 1987 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Chief Justice - Sep 17, 1986 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Sep 17, 1986 R Antonin Scalia
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board - Jul 28, 1983 NPA Reject
Chicago Mayor - D Primary - Feb 22, 1983 D Jane Byrne
U.S. Surgeon General - Nov 16, 1981 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Sep 21, 1981 R Sandra Day O'Connor
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Dec 17, 1975 R John Paul Stevens
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Dec 15, 1971 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Dec 09, 1971 D Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr.
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - May 17, 1970 R Harry Blackmun
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Apr 08, 1970 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Nov 21, 1969 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Chief Justice - Jun 23, 1969 R Warren E. Burger
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 30, 1967 D Thurgood Marshall