Patrick J. Kennedy
American politician
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.
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Table for Three: Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy on the Weight of Mental Illness
NYTimes - 18 days
The actress, currently in “Sunset Boulevard,” and the former congressman discuss psychiatric disorders, addiction, challenging families and more.
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Top State Department Officials Ousted as Trump Administration Takes Shape - NBCNews.com
Google News - 2 months
NBCNews.com Top State Department Officials Ousted as Trump Administration Takes Shape NBCNews.com The Trump administration began cleaning house Thursday in the State Department by ousting four top officials. Those exiting include Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, Assistant Secretary of Administration, Joyce Barr; Gentry Smith, who ... Departure of top State officials fuels concerns about talent lossPolitico The State Department Is in Disarray After Surprise DeparturesSlate Magazine Mutiny at Foggy Bottom: State Department management resigns en masseSalon Fox News -Breitbart News -Reuters -Bloomberg all 138 news articles »
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Patrick Kennedy leaving the State Department
Fox News - 2 months
Rich Edson reports from Washington
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Former US Officials Urge Trump to Work with Iran Opposition
Huffington Post - 2 months
In an unprecedented move, a 23 member bi-partisan group of senior former US officials signed a critical letter and delivered it to President Donald Trump. The letter suggested new policy options regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran and the need for the US to open up a meaningful channel of communication with the Iranian opposition, namely the coalition, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). This is something that has never been done under any other administration. The letter is signed by senior former US officials including Rudy Giuliani, Joseph Lieberman, Patrick Kennedy, General Hugh Shelton (a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Bill Clinton) to name a few. It explains that revised policies toward Iran are needed because Iran has used every opportunity since its establishment to scuttle US foreign policy objectives and damage US national, geopolitical, economic and strategic interests with the assistance of its proxies. More importantly, the ...
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Cleveland Is Creating a Youth Violence Prevention Department
NPR - 4 months
The City of Cleveland plans to create a Youth Crime Prevention and Reduction Department with some of the revenues from the income-ax increase voters passed last month. Details of the effort came today during a budget briefing before Cleveland City Council. The plan is to spend $70,000 for a chief, an assistant chief and a team of analysts and youth-service professionals to address Cleveland’s youth-violence problem. The city has been working on a comprehensive prevention plan since 2014. Cleveland Housing Network Chief Operating Officer Patrick Kenney says it will help his organization, which works with youth as well as finding housing for families. “I think it complements everything we’re doing by really focusing on opportunities and making sure that young adults don’t get really kind of lost in the sauce and have an opportunity for failure. And rather really focusing on chances for succeeding.” The Cleveland income tax increase will also be used to hire more police officers and other
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Black Lives Matter Less Even in Drug Addiction
Huffington Post - 5 months
A heroin needle. Photo credits to Wheeler Cowperthwaite via Flickr Creative Commons. The country is in the middle of an unprecedented opioid crisis. The majority of overdose deaths - six out of 10 - involves someone taking an opioid such as heroin and pain relievers. This is the second in a two-day series by writing fellows for the Center for Community Change who share their take on a crisis that is not only killing Americans at record rates, it is costing billions of dollars in health and social costs and overwhelming hospitals and police departments. The first piece is published here. By Fredrick McKissack, Jr. Even when it comes to drug addiction, black lives matter less. Consider the current opiate epidemic, where the overprescribing of Vicodin and Oxycontin has corrupted minds, crippled bodies and shook politicians to reconsider long-held beliefs about substance abuse and criminal justice. Crack cocaine's disruptive effects did much the same thing to black minds an ...
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Ex-State Dept. insider: Patrick Kennedy's long history with scandal
Fox News - 5 months
A long string of State Department scandals, dating all the way back to 1998, has one central figure in common: Patrick Kennedy.
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Patrick Kennedy responds to 'quid pro quo' allegations
Fox News - 5 months
Denies any 'bargaining'
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Trump calls on State Department to fire Patrick Kennedy
Fox News - 5 months
Accuses senior official
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State Department's Kennedy pressured FBI to unclassify Clinton emails: FBI documents
Yahoo News - 5 months
Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy pressured the FBI to unclassify certain emails from Hillary Clinton's private server that were previously deemed classified, according to FBI documents released Monday that cited redacted sources. In the documents, an unnamed person interviewed by the FBI said Kennedy contacted the FBI to ask for the change in classification in "exchange for a 'quid pro quo.'" Whether or not Clinton sent classified emails from her private server that could have jeopardized national security has become a key issue ahead of the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8, when Clinton will face Republican nominee Donald Trump.
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Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy: Stop calling Trump 'crazy'
CNN - 8 months
Patrick Kennedy, a mental health advocate and former Rhode Island congressman, penned an op-ed Monday calling on Americans to stop calling Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump "crazy" because it demeans those who suffer from real mental health issues.
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Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy: Stop calling Trump 'crazy'
CNN - 8 months
Patrick Kennedy, a mental health advocate and former Rhode Island congressman, penned an op-ed Monday calling on Americans to stop calling Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump "crazy" because it demeans those who suffer from real mental health issues.
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Patrick Kennedy opens up about addiction, pushes for mental health reform
CNN - 11 months
Once a rising star of America's most prominent political family, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy left politics behind to focus on combating his drug and alcohol addiction and bipolar disorder. Now sober, healthy and happy, Kennedy is pushing for changes to mental health care and telling the story of his own high-profile battle.
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Patrick Kennedy opens up about addiction, pushes for mental health reform
CNN - 11 months
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#Flawless Favorites: The Inspirational Reads of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Since the launch of the holiday season we have been writing about the hope and progress in mental health, from the groundbreaking Emotion Revolution Summit hosted by Lady Gaga and Yale and the creation of a mental health roadmap for New York City, to the important initiatives being spearheaded by various nonprofits and healthcare organizations around the nation. It was also the year that we, and many others, continued to focus on the discrimination and judgement that too many in our society continue to bring to mental health issues. At the Flawless Foundation, we believe that changing the language, discussion, and portrayal of mental health is a crucial part of the innovation to ensure better brain healthcare for all. Many public figures have chosen to speak out this year about their own personal experiences with mental illness, and we applaud their courage and candor. Earlier this season, I too felt called to share more publicly about my own history with mental health challenges , ...
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Ex-US Rep. Patrick Kennedy and wife welcome new baby girl
Yahoo News - over 1 year
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his wife Amy are welcoming a new baby girl to their family.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Patrick J. Kennedy
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    This persisted until 2013, when Joseph P. Kennedy III was sworn-in for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district.
    More Details Hide Details Patrick Kennedy was born in Brighton, Massachusetts. He is the youngest of three children born to Senator Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (1932–2009) and musician/socialite/former model Virginia Joan Bennett (born 1936). His sister Kara (1960–2011) was a television and film producer while his brother Ted Jr. (born 1961) is a lawyer and member of the Connecticut State Senate. Patrick was named after his patrilineal great-grandfather, businessman and politician Patrick Joseph "P. J." Kennedy (1858–1929).
  • 2011
    Kennedy and Savell married on July 15, 2011, in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details Patrick and Amy have three children:
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Amy has a daughter, Harper Petitgout (born c. 2008), from her previous marriage to Mark Petitgout.
  • 2010
    When Kennedy decided not to run for reelection in 2010, he cited his decision on the fact that his life "has taken a new direction".
    More Details Hide Details Mark Weiner, a major Democratic fundraiser in Rhode Island and one of Kennedy's top financial backers, said "It's tough to get up and go to work every day when your partner is not there, I think he just had a broken heart after his father passed away."
    On March 10, 2010, Kennedy spoke regarding the war in Afghanistan, during a debate of a measure calling for the end of the war in Afghanistan.
    More Details Hide Details He yelled so loudly at times that he went hoarse until he was finally finished with his three-minute speech. He anticipated that some would object to his demand to withdraw from Afghanistan by claiming such withdrawal would dishonor those who have already fallen. His comment was, "Somewhere—I can't believe I even heard this—someone said 'Oh, I can't go to a funeral, and tell the parents of someone who just died that they lost their child in vain'. Somewhere, I heard that during the Vietnam War." After requesting an additional 30 seconds and being granted the time, Kennedy also went after the media for lack of coverage of the war, citing only two press members in the gallery at the time and "24/7" media coverage of the resignation of Eric Massa.
    Kennedy criticized Republican Senator Scott Brown for demanding to be sworn in as a Senator as soon as the election results from the 2010 Massachusetts special senate election were certified: "Brown's whole candidacy was shown to be a joke today when he was sworn in early in order to cast his first vote as an objection to Obama's appointment to the NLRB."
    More Details Hide Details Senator Brown responded, "I was elected and the votes are certified and I’m here to do my job. It's unfortunate that he would use mean-spirited comments like that at a time when we’re just trying to solve the problems of the Commonwealth."
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    His father, Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, died on August 25, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Patrick made a tearful eulogy at the funeral, saying that "He Ted would be very proud to see you all out here today paying a final respect and tribute to his memory". He further elaborated on his experiences with his father as a child, saying his father would stay at his bedside during his frequent bouts of ill health.
    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.
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  • 2008
    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".
    More Details Hide Details Prior to that, Kennedy had joined his first cousin Timothy Shriver in endorsing U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd from Connecticut.
  • 2007
    In February 2007, Kennedy was asked to refrain from receiving Holy Communion by his bishop, Thomas Tobin.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy later said that the bishop had asked priests not to give him the sacrament "because of the positions that I’ve taken as a public official", particularly on abortion. Tobin acknowledged that he had requested Kennedy not to receive communion but not that he had asked priests to deny Kennedy the sacrament.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy was one of the few Democrats not to return or donate Hsu's contributions.
  • 2006
    On June 13, 2006, Kennedy made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of prescription drugs.
    More Details Hide Details He was sentenced to one-year probation and a fine of $350. Two of the three charges (reckless driving and failure to exhibit a driving permit) were dismissed. He was also ordered to attend a rehabilitation program that includes weekly urine tests, twice-weekly meetings with a probation officer, near-daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and a weekly meeting of recovering addicts. On Friday, June 12, 2009, Kennedy again announced that he had "checked into a medical facility for treatment". In a statement to the press, Kennedy said that his recovery is a "lifelong process" and that he would do whatever it takes to preserve his health. "I have decided to temporarily step away from my normal routine to ensure that I am being as vigilant as possible in my recovery", Kennedy said. During a 1996 debate on a bill to repeal a ban on assault weapons, he was involved in a dispute with Republican Gerald B. H. Solomon. While arguing against repeal he described his family's experience with gun violence, referring to uncles President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, both of whom were assassinated by gunmen, and describing repeal as a "sham". In response, Solomon replied that his wife lived alone in rural upstate New York during the week, and ought to have a right to defend herself if need be. Continuing to argue away from the microphones on the House floor, Solomon said "let's just step outside" and settle the argument.
    On June 5, 2006, Kennedy was released from drug rehabilitation.
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    On May 8, 2006, Kennedy got a show of support when he was endorsed by the Rhode Island Democratic Party.
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    On May 5, 2006, Kennedy admitted that he had an addiction to prescription medication and announced he would be readmitting himself to a drug-rehabilitation facility at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where he had sought treatment for prior addictions.
    More Details Hide Details He has stated that he has no recollection of the car crash.
    On May 4, 2006, Kennedy crashed his automobile into a barricade on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., at 2:45 a.m.
    More Details Hide Details A United States Capitol Police official said the congressman had appeared intoxicated when he crashed his car, but Kennedy claimed that he was disoriented from the prescription medications Ambien and Phenergan. Anonymous sources are alleged to have seen Kennedy drinking at the nearby Hawk & Dove bar prior to the accident. Kennedy also stated to officers that he was "late for a vote". However, the last vote of the night had occurred almost six hours earlier. The standard field sobriety test were not administered, and Kennedy was driven home by an officer.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Due to his experience with addiction, Patrick J. Kennedy has started to advocate against the legalization of marijuana.
  • 2003
    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).
    More Details Hide Details In a March 7, 2008, speech to the Cleveland City Club, Kennedy acknowledged having bipolar disorder and being a recovering alcoholic. He and his siblings have legal custody of their mother, who has long struggled with alcoholism. Kennedy is co-founder of One Mind for Research, which seeks to increase resources and efficiency in brain disorder research, and The Kennedy Forum, an organization focused on advancing the current ideas, policies, and programming in behavioral health known to be effective.
  • 2000
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy had recently won appointment to the House Appropriations Committee, a high-profile assignment that caused him to pass up the Senate race. He again considered running against Chafee in 2006, but instead chose to run for reelection. Kennedy did not run for reelection in 2010, and completed his final term in January 2011. He finished his 8th term at the completion of the 111th United States Congress. Kennedy was a vocal advocate for health care reform. During his career, he joined with Republican U.S. Senator Pete Domenici from New Mexico in introducing legislation that places mental illness under the umbrella of health insurance. He was a chief sponsor of one of the major pieces of legislation of 2008, the Mental Health Parity Act, a bill requiring most group health plans to provide coverage for the treatment of mental illnesses that is comparable to what they provide for physical illnesses.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    He was reelected every two years from 1996 until 2008, and did not run for reelection in 2010.
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  • 1995
    He was reelected seven times, and served from January 3, 1995, to January 3, 2011 (the 104th to 111th Congresses).
    More Details Hide Details In the House Kennedy served on the Armed Services and Natural Resources Committees before being appointed to the Appropriations Committee. Kennedy was a founder of the Congressional Down Syndrome and 21st Century Healthcare Caucuses, and a vice chairman of the Native American Caucus. He also joined the House or Congressional: Boating Caucus; Caucus on Armenian Issues; Caucus on Hellenic Issues; Fire Services Caucus; Human Rights Caucus; Travel and Tourism Caucus; National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus; Portuguese American Caucus (co-chair); and Older American Caucus. He was a founder of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, and chaired the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for two years (1999-2001). During his tenure as DCCC chairman, Kennedy became a headliner at Democratic political events and fundraisers around the country.
  • 1994
    Kennedy was one of four Democrats in the 1994 congressional elections to win a congressional seat that had previously been held by a Republican, while Republicans gained dozens of seats to take over the U.S. House.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He won the election, defeating Republican candidate Kevin Vigilante.
    In 1994 Kennedy was elected as a Democrat to represent the 1st Congressional District of Rhode Island.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He served two terms in the House representing District 9 in Providence, Rhode Island. He chose not to run for a third term, and was succeeded by Anastasia P. Williams.
  • 1986
    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.
    More Details Hide Details While a junior at Providence College, Kennedy defeated five term incumbent John F. Skeffington Jr. for the Democratic nomination in District 9.
  • OTHER
  • 1967
    Born on July 14, 1967.
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