Joseph P. Kennedy II

Joseph P. Kennedy II

Born Sep 24, 1952

Joseph Patrick Kennedy II is an American businessman, Democratic politician, and a member of the Kennedy family. He served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the 8th congressional district of Massachusetts from 1987 to 1999. In 1979 he founded and, until election to the U.S. House, led Citizens Energy Corporation, a non-profit energy company; since 1999 he has continued to lead Citizens Energy. He was named after his uncle Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Joseph P. Kennedy II.


1952 Birth Born on September 24, 1952.
1953 Birth Kennedy decided to run for the seat, which his uncle, former President John F. Kennedy, had held from 1947 to 1953. … Read More


1971 18 Years Old …  A restless, impulsive teenager, he left Milton Academy, a private, college preparatory school, in Milton, Massachusetts, before graduating from the Manter Hall School—also a private, college-preparatory school—in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1971.
1972 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Kennedy attended the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California, during 1972, but dropped out. … Read More


1973 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Kennedy resigned from his position in the program, and returned to Massachusetts in the summer of 1973.
1976 23 Years Old Kennedy returned to school after the accident, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1976. … Read More
1979 26 Years Old On February 3, 1979, Kennedy married Sheila Brewster Rauch (born March 22, 1949), a daughter of banker Rudolph Stewart "Stew" Rauch, Jr., president then chairman of the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, and Frances Stuart Brewster. On October 4, 1980, the couple had twin sons, Matthew Rauch "Matt" Kennedy and Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy. They were legally divorced in 1991. … Read More


1988 35 Years Old He won re-election in 1988 (80%), 1990 (72%), 1992 (83%), 1994 (99%), and 1996 (84%). … Read More
1991 38 Years Old In 1991, Kennedy boycotted a speech to the U.S. Congress by the United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II "in protest to the British occupation in northern Ireland".


In 1993, a Boston Globe poll showed Kennedy within one percentage point of popular incumbent William Weld in a hypothetical gubernatorial matchup, prompting prominent state Democrats to try and recruit him for the race. … Read More
1996 43 Years Old The Boston Archdiocese initially granted Kennedy the annulment, which was discovered by Rauch only after the decision in 1996. … Read More
1998 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1998, following a year of family troubles that included the skiing death of his brother Michael LeMoyne Kennedy, he announced that he planned to retire from the U.S. House, citing "a new recognition of our own vulnerabilities and the vagaries of life". … Read More
1999 46 Years Old He served in the U.S. House for six terms, until January 1999. … Read More


2009 56 Years Old With the death of his uncle U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy on August 25, 2009, Kennedy's name had been mentioned as a possible candidate for his uncle's seat representing Massachusetts in the United States Senate. … Read More
2012 59 Years Old …  In 2012, as CEO of Citizens Energy and related organizations, Kennedy was paid a total of $796,000 in compensation, and his wife was paid an additional $344,000 as Director of Marketing. … Read More
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