Joe Kennedy III

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Joe Kennedy III
Joe Kennedy III, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland
Assumed office
December 19, 2022
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byMick Mulvaney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 4th district
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2021
Preceded byBarney Frank
Succeeded byJake Auchincloss
Personal details
Joseph Patrick Kennedy III

(1980-10-04) October 4, 1980 (age 42)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Lauren Birchfield (m. 2012)
FatherJoseph P. Kennedy II
RelativesKennedy family
EducationStanford University (BS)
Harvard University (JD)

Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy III (born October 4, 1980) is an American lawyer, politician, and a member of the Kennedy family. He was the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district from 2013 to 2021.[1] In 2022, he became the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. He is a Democrat whose district stretches from the western suburbs of Boston to the state's South Coast.

He is the son of former U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy. He worked as a Peace Corps volunteer and as an assistant district attorney in the Cape and Islands and Middlesex offices before his election to Congress.

On January 30, 2018, Kennedy delivered the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union address.

On September 21, 2019, Kennedy announced his plans to run against Ed Markey in the 2020 Massachusetts United States Senate race.[2] He lost the primary to Markey on September 1, 2020, making him the first Kennedy family member to lose an election in Massachusetts.[3]

In December 2022, Kennedy was named the United States Special Envoy to Northern Ireland for Economic Affairs by President Joe Biden.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Arsenault, Mark (November 9, 2012). "Kennedy takes Fourth District congressional seat in decisive win over Bielat". The Boston Globe.
  2. "Congressman Joe Kennedy III announces U.S. Senate run". Boston25 News. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  3. Murray, Stephanie. "Markey defeats Kennedy, Neal wins in Massachusetts". POLITICO. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  4. Blinken, Antony. "Announcement of Joe Kennedy III as U.S. Special Envoy to Northern Ireland for Economic Affairs". State Department. Retrieved 19 December 2022.