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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1967 Birth Born on July 14, 1967.


1986 18 Years Old Kennedy 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. … Read More


1988 20 Years Old Kennedy became the youngest member of the Kennedy family to hold elected office in 1988, when he won election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives at age 21. … Read More
In 1994 Kennedy was elected as a Democrat to represent the 1st Congressional District of Rhode Island.
1995 27 Years Old He was reelected seven times, and served from January 3, 1995, to January 3, 2011 (the 104th to 111th Congresses). … Read More
1996 28 Years Old He was reelected every two years from 1996 until 2008, and did not run for reelection in 2010.


2000 32 Years Old In 2000 Kennedy considered running against Republican Lincoln Chafee in the U.S. Senate election in Rhode Island, but instead chose to run for reelection. … Read More
2003 35 Years Old …  He also received the Society for Neuroscience — Public Service Award (2002), Eli Lilly and Company 2003 Helping Move Lives Forward Reintegration Award, American Psychoanalytic Association 2003 President's Award, American Psychiatric Association Alliance award (2003), and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance — Paul Wellstone Mental Health Award (2003). … Read More
Kennedy has acknowledged being treated for cocaine use during his teenage years, and admitted that he abused alcohol and other drugs while he was a student at Providence College. He sought treatment for an OxyContin addiction in 2006. … Read More
2007 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, Kennedy stated that his campaign 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
A member of the Kennedy family, he is the younger son of the longtime Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy. 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.
After he chose not to seek re-election in 2010 and left office the following year, it was the first time that there were no members of the Kennedy family holding office in the United States Congress since 1947.
2011 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Kennedy now resides in Brigantine, New Jersey. In March 2011 he announced his engagement to sixth-grade history teacher Amy Savell (born c. 1975) (daughter of Jerry and Leni Savell). … Read More
2013 46 Years Old This persisted until 2013, when Joseph P. Kennedy III was sworn-in for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district. … Read More
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