Patrick J. Kennedy

Patrick J. Kennedy


Patrick Joseph Kennedy II is the former U.S. Representative for, serving from 1995 until 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes all of Bristol County and Newport County, and parts of Providence County. Kennedy did not seek re-election in 2010. A member of the Kennedy family, he is a son of the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy from Massachusetts.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Patrick J. Kennedy.


1967 Birth Born on July 14, 1967.


1986 18 Years Old He graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts in 1986, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island in 1991.


1988 20 Years Old Kennedy became the youngest member of the Kennedy family to hold elected office when, in 1988, he won election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives at age 21. … Read More
1994 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Kennedy campaigned for the seat being vacated by U.S. Representative Ronald Machtley (who was retiring) in the 1994 Rhode Island 1st congressional district election. … Read More


2000 32 Years Old 1 More Event
He considered running against Republican Lincoln Chafee in the 2000 U.S. Senate election in Rhode Island, later won by Chafee.
He again considered running against Chafee in 2006, but did not.
2007 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, the Kennedy camp stated that they would retain $6,600 in donations from Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, who had been convicted that year of a Ponzi scheme fraud. … Read More


2008 40 Years Old On January 28, 2008, Kennedy joined his father in endorsing Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, stating that Obama was the "perfect antidote to George Bush". … Read More
2009 41 Years Old 1 More Event
…  At the time of his father's 2009 death, he was the last remaining member of the Kennedy family to serve in an elective office in Washington.
…  Kennedy did not seek re-election in 2010.
2011 43 Years Old 1 More Event
When he retired in 2011, it was the first time since 1947 that there were no members of the Kennedy family in public office.
2013 46 Years Old On January 3, 2013, Joseph P. Kennedy III returned the family into public office when he assumed the seat previously held by Barney Frank in the US House of Representatives. … Read More
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