Victoria Reggie Kennedy
American politician
Victoria Reggie Kennedy
Victoria Reggie "Vicki" Kennedy is an American lawyer and second wife of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.
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Fighting Cambodian sex trafficking
CNN - about 3 years
Cambodia has become a hub for sex trafficking. Victoria Kennedy spoke to local NGO's on their efforts to raise awareness.
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How to win the assisted-suicide debate
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
If you're a politician who has ever voted against doctor-assisted suicide, or you would vote against it in the future, I hate your f- guts and I would like you to die a long, horrible death. In his rage, perhaps, he turned to intimidation over the more arduous task of persuading people with different beliefs. Victoria Kennedy wrote that a 2012 Massachusetts ballot measure to legalize assisted suicide was bad policy because it was "harsh and extreme." Opponents of assisted suicide are responsible for the "torture" of his father. Yes, families put down cherished pets after much anguish, but also, according to the Humane Society, shelters put down 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats every year. The Dutch legalized physician-assisted suicide in 2002; last year, euthanasia accounted for 3 percent of Dutch deaths. Liberal pain control and directives that allow sick people to stipulate which procedures they do not want.
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Contortionist in 2014 Guinness records
CNN - over 3 years
A contortionist, a robot dragon, and a skateboarding goat are 2014 Guinness record makers. Victoria Kennedy reports.
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Democrats' Massachusetts Senate Plans May Be Spoiled By Labor
Huffington Post - about 4 years
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) kicked off his campaign for U.S. Senate Thursday at a South Boston union hall flanked by members from 26 unions. Choosing the Local 7 hall on Old Colony Avenue, down the street from the rough project where he grew up, was no accident. Lynch, a former union president, is banking on labor's support to derail the well-choreographed plans of longtime Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and national Democrats, who tried to clear the field with endorsements from top Massachusetts Democrats -- including John Kerry, Barney Frank and Victoria Kennedy -- and a war chest of $3.1 million. So far, Lynch looks like he's getting it. "I can tell you with great certainty that our membership strongly identifies with Stevie Lynch as a former ironworker and a true hero to the middle class," Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, told The Huffington Post. Kelly cautioned, though, that the group had not taken an "official ...
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Ex-Rep. Frank on Senate seat: Put me in, governor
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Ex-Rep. Frank on Senate seat: Put me in, governor Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 11:14 am, Friday, January 4, 2013 Frank told The Associated Press that he asked Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint him to serve as the state's interim senator until a special election is held to fill Kerry's seat. Under state law, the Democratic governor will be required to fill the seat with an interim appointment if the Senate confirms Kerry as secretary of state. [...] the 72-year-old Democrat, who served 16 terms and headed the House Financial Services Committee, noted Friday that the fiscal cliff deal that was reached earlier this week to avoid tax cuts on most Americans also means that major spending decisions will be made in next few months. If nominated, Frank listed other priorities as cutting military spending, ending mili ...
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Catholics for Obama: Battle for key constituency
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Catholics for Obama was launched by the president’s reelection campaign on Monday, two days after Mitt Romney picked a staunch anti-abortion Catholic who wants deep cuts in social programs,  Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, as his running mate. The new group, and its counterpart Catholics for Romney launched earlier this month, reflect divisions in both Church and American society. Gov. Martin O’Malley, a national co-chair of Catholics for Obama, signed same-sex marriage legislation into law earlier this year.  Another co-chair, Victoria Reggie Kennedy — widow of Sen. Edward Kennedy — was blocked by a bishop from acting as commencement speaker at a Catholic college in Massachusetts. By contrast, Catholics for [...]
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SaraKay Smullens: Chief Justice Robert's Health Care Decision: A Moral Perspective
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Victoria Kennedy, the widow of the late Ted Kennedy, has confirmed that when the Supreme Court upheld the president's overhaul of our nation's health coverage she received a telephone call from Nancy Pelosi, who told her that her husband can now rest in peace. No doubt Pelosi, Kennedy and the president, like the rest of us, were shocked that the vote was carried by Chief Justice Roberts. His legal justification of this decision, a defined tax rather than penalty, will be discussed by legal experts for years to come. But for now, there is wonder: Does this decision set a precedent that the federal government can tax as it wishes? And what, if anything, does this tell us about Robert's further decisions on matters such as affirmative action, racial prejudice and gay marriage? Time will tell. But this is clear: Some angry that President Obama did not insist on a single payer system and furious at his compromises, now see the path toward full coverage as a process, a ...
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Sebelius to Speak at Catholic Georgetown University Graduation
Big Government - almost 5 years
After issuing the Obama administration’s mandate that Catholic Church-affiliated organizations, charities, hospitals, and schools must provide free contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been invited to speak at what has been termed an “awards event” at the “oldest Catholic and Jesuit institute of higher learning in the United States.” Secretary Sebelius will deliver an address at the university’s Public Policy Institute’s graduation event on Friday. Georgetown University could easily be viewed as the “scene of the crime,” where the “crime” is the start of the false contraception controversy begun two months ago by Georgetown University activist Sandra Fluke, who appeared before a “committee” of Democratic legislators, and stated that she and her friends were suffering because they could not obtain free birth control. Ms. Fluke later admitted that ...
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Mass. bishop stands by college in Victoria Kennedy controversy
CNA Catholic News Agency - almost 5 years
Worcester, Mass., Apr 28, 2012 / 01:01 pm (CNA).- In response to a petition from supporters of Victoria Kennedy, Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester, Mass. reaffirmed his support for Anna Maria College’s withdrawal of its invitation for her to be commencement speaker. “While I recognize that there are those who do not agree with Anna Maria’s decision to disinvite Mrs. Kennedy as its commencement speaker, I continue to stand behind the concerns which I shared with Dr. Jack Calareso, the college’s president, last March,” Bishop McManus said April 26. He said he supports the public statement of the college’s board of trustees, which said the invitation withdrawal is “in the best interest of all parties.” The board withdrew the invitation last month after Bishop McManus asked the Paxton, Mass. college to withdraw the invitation in February. He said he would not attend if Kennedy were commencement speaker, following the U.S. bishops’ stance against colleges honoring Catholics who ...
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Mass. bishop stands by request for college to rescind Victoria Kennedy graduation invitation
Fox News - almost 5 years
A Massachusetts bishop says he stands by his decision to ask a Catholic college to withdraw its invitation for U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy's widow to speak at commencement. Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester (WUS'-tur) last month asked Anna Maria College to rescind its invitation to Victoria Kennedy because of concerns over her position on some social issues that counter Catholic teachings, including abortion and gay marriage. Catholic Democrats and Faithful America on Wednesday delivered a 20,000-signature petition asking the bishop to change his mind. They said McManus was politicizing the graduation. The Telegram & Gazette ( ) reports that in a statement Thursday, McManus said he stands behind his original concerns and withdrawal of the invitation was "in the best interest of all parties." ___ Information from: Telegram & Gazette,
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Thousands urging Bishop to allow Mrs. Kennedy to give speech
NECN - almost 5 years
Anna Maria College rescinded its invitation to Victoria Kennedy to give the commencement speech after Bishop Robert McManus' concerns
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Victoria Reggie Kennedy to speak at law dinner
Lowell Sun - almost 5 years
BOSTON (AP) -- Victoria Reggie Kennedy will be the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Bar Association's annual dinner next month, when House Speaker Robert DeLeo will receive the MBA's Legislator of the Year Award.
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Week in Review: New Appointments, a Gas Leak and Child Porn Cases
Newton Patch - almost 5 years
The friends and family of missing Boston College student Franco Garcia continue to pray for Franco's safe return. A special Palm Sunday Mass for Franco was held last Sunday in Waltham. We reported this week that the principal search at Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School has resumed after a Watertown administrator turned down the job.  Former Newton resident Megan McGrory Massaro and fellow mom Miriam Katz co-authored The Other Baby Book, which hit the shelves on April 1. A former Newton elementary school teacher is off to Louisiana to face federal child porn charges. A Suffolk Superior Court magistrate lowered David Ettlinger's bail Tuesday morning to allow Ettlinger's federal case to proceed.   On Monday night, the Board of Aldermen gave their approval to transfer the former Carr School to the School Department for use as swing space. Meanwhile, several aldermen brought up questions about the former Aquinas College property.  Mount Ida College named Newton resid ...
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Catholic School Cancels Victoria Kennedy Speech Over Pro-Gay Stances
Advocate - almost 5 years
A Massachusetts Catholic college has scrapped plans to have Victoria Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s widow, deliver its commencement address, citing her support for marriage equality and abortion rights.
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Late Sen. Ted Kennedy's oldest daughter dies -
Google News - over 5 years
Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., in his hospital room with his daughter Kara Kennedy, center, and wife Victoria Kennedy at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Tuesday afternoon, May 20, 2008. (AP Photo / Stephan Savoia) WASHINGTON (KABC) -- Kara
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Victoria Kennedy calls social workers vital in address at BC - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Victoria Reggie Kennedy gives the keynote address at the Sept. 14 Graduate School of Social Work 75th anniversary celebration. The following is a story written by Sean Smith, editor of the Boston College Chronicle, the the school's weekly internal
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Single mom tries to find job, now faces child neglect charges - WTSP 10 News
Google News - over 5 years
Shorter's neighbor Victoria Kennedy says she's not surprised Shorter faces child neglect charges. "They be home a lot by themselves," says Kennedy. On Monday morning, Kennedy says Shorter's two youngest children came to her door
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Logan ceremony honors 9/11 fallen - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Victoria Kennedy, widow of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who in the days after Sept. 11 met with every Massachusetts family who lost a loved one in the attacks, acknowledged that it was impossible to stop every evil act in the world
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Families of 9-11 victims remember - WWLP 22News
Google News - over 5 years
“We might never make sense of that terrible day ten years ago, but we have refused to let it break our human spirit,” said Victoria Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, who spoke at the remembrance ceremony presented in front of the memorial
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Victoria Reggie Kennedy
  • 2014
    Age 59
    As of July 2014, her nomination was still pending in the U.S. Senate.
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    In February 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama nominated her to serve as a Governor of the United States Postal Service (a member of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service), for a term expiring December 8, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details If confirmed, Kennedy would assume the board seat being vacated by Carolyn L. Gallagher.
  • 2013
    Age 58
    On May 3, 2013, she received the "Woman of the 21st Century" award at the 2013 Annual Luncheon of the Women's Guild of Cedars-Sinai, presented by actress Morgan Fairchild.
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  • 2010
    Age 55
    She also surprised the 95 members of the graduating class of Harwich High School on Cape Cod by accepting their invitation to speak at their June 2010 graduation.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy was invited to speak at the spring commencement of the Catholic Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts, but at the request of Bishop Robert McManus of the Diocese of Worcester, Kennedy was disinvited by the college. The bishop and other Catholic organizations had expressed reservations that a stalwart pro-choice advocate speak at a Catholic university.
    Since the Senator's death, Kennedy has spoken at graduation ceremonies and received honorary degrees from UMass Boston, Lesley University, and the University of Maryland in the Spring of 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 54
    She was named a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 4, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Following her husband's May 2008 diagnosis of brain cancer, she became his primary caregiver, dealing with the Kennedy clan along with Ted's political connections. She assisted him in planning his course of treatment.
    She is a board member of Catholic Democrats and authored the preface for their 2009 book, The Catholic Case for Obama.
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    Senator Kennedy died on August 25, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout four days of his lying in state, a funeral service and quiet burial, his widow maintained a public face of composure, dignity, and gratitude to staffers and citizens who lined the streets and waited at the U.S. Capitol to pay their respects. Reports indicated that the Senator expressed the wish that his wife would succeed him in office, and speculation towards that possibility continued during his illness. Upon his death, some thought that she would be appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to take the Senator's seat until the special election could take place, but she declined and the governor instead appointed long-time Kennedy associate Paul G. Kirk. Some Democratic officials hoped she would agree to run for Senate to finish out her husband's term, but she declined again and instead endorsed Martha Coakley for the special election to fill the vacant seat. Coakley was defeated by Scott Brown. A year later, speculation continued as some noted Democrats saw her as their best chance to take back Sen. Kennedy's former seat from Brown and the Republicans in the 2012 election; however, she again declined, and the Democratic nomination was awarded to Elizabeth Warren, who went on to defeat Brown in November 2012.
  • 1999
    Age 44
    She is president and co-founder of Common Sense about Kids and Guns, an advocacy group begun in 1999 which seeks to reduce gun deaths and injuries to children in the U.S. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and has served on the board of Stop Handgun Violence in Boston.
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    She came to the aid of the greater Kennedy family following the 1999 plane crash that took the life of John F. Kennedy, Jr.
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  • 1997
    Age 42
    By 1997, she no longer practiced law.
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  • 1994
    Age 39
    In Kennedy's 1994 senatorial re-election campaign against Mitt Romney, she was credited by The New York Times with "giving him a political advantage in a difficult contest."
    More Details Hide Details For a Boston, Massachusetts, reception she organized, 1,200 influential New England women met five of Kennedy's Senate colleagues. Throughout Kennedy's campaigns and his senatorial work, she became his principal assistant and closest political advisor.
  • 1991
    Age 36
    They began dating after meeting again in June 1991 at a party celebrating her parents' 40th wedding anniversary. Ted Kennedy said of this meeting, "I had known Vicki before, but this was the first time I think I really saw her." The relationship became serious in September 1991. They were engaged in March 1992, and married July 3, 1992, in a civil ceremony at his home in McLean, Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details His political career had suffered from a long period of womanizing, drinking, and adverse publicity, and she is credited with stabilizing his personal life and helping him resume a productive career in the Senate. Kennedy was devoted to her two children.
  • 1990
    Age 35
    They were divorced in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Upon her divorce, she was left to juggle her career as a lawyer with her role as a single mother of two young children. While the Kennedy and Reggie families were friends for many years, Vicki remembers (but Senator Kennedy did not) their first meeting when Vicki was a summer intern in his Senate office's mailroom the year following her college graduation.
  • 1981
    Age 26
    Their 1981 church wedding was in Crowley and "feted 400 guests with a week's worth of parties."
    More Details Hide Details Following marriage, the couple moved to Washington, D.C., where she practiced banking and savings and loan law and restructuring and bankruptcy law for Keck, Mahin & Cate. She was made partner there, and was known to be "charismatic and hard-driving" and a tough negotiator in settlement talks and "as a real star" for her ability to work on complicated financial transactions. Reggie and Raclin had two children, Curran (born 1982) and Caroline (born 1985).
  • 1979
    Age 24
    She then received her Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude in 1979 from Tulane University Law School.
    More Details Hide Details There she was a member of Tulane Law Review. Her education at Tulane, along with twenty years of other Tulane tuition for her brothers and sisters, was paid for by scholarships awarded by a political ally of her father. After law school, Reggie clerked for Judge Robert Arthur Sprecher at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. As an attorney, she specialized in bank law. She met her first husband, Grier C. Raclin, a telecommunications attorney (who later became a senior executive at Charter Communications in St. Louis, Missouri), when they clerked together at the Everett McKinley Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago.
  • 1956
    Age 1
    At the 1956 Democratic National Convention, her father helped deliver his state for John F. Kennedy's unsuccessful bid for the vice-presidential nomination.
    More Details Hide Details Over time, John Kennedy developed a close social relationship with the Reggies. Her mother cast the only Louisiana delegate vote for Ted Kennedy at the 1980 Democratic National Convention, although State Senator Tony Guarisco may have also been recruited to vote for Kennedy. Reggie attended parochial schools growing up and was a straight-A student. She attended Newcomb College at Tulane University in New Orleans, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was president of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
  • 1954
    Born on February 26, 1954.
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