You probably haven’t heard of him yet, but he’s a member of the most famous American political dynasty.
Congressman Joe Kennedy III, 34, represents Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District, which stretches from the western suburbs of Boston to industrial towns on the state’s southern coast.
His great uncle was 35th US President John F. Kennedy; his grandfather was Attorney General and US Senator Robert Kennedy; his father, Joseph P. Kennedy II, served in the House of Representatives; and his uncle was the legendary Ted Kennedy, affectionately known as the “Lion of the Senate,” who served in the government for nearly 50 years.
“He’s so handsome. He looks like a Kennedy,” Ivey Lawson, a Massachusetts businesswoman, said of the red-haired Congressman during a political event outside of Boston.
Although he’s quickly living up to the family name (and good looks), following in his family’s political footsteps was not always the obvious choice for Congressman Kennedy.
“I think that a lot of people expected that my family thought that this would be a really good idea, that I should definitely run for office,” he told Fusion. “And if anything, they were the ones to push back more strongly about it.”
But, like his predecessors before him, Kennedy felt a responsibility to serve his country and its people.
“I got into this work and decided to run for office because I do believe very fundamentally that the promise this country made to its people is that they were going to be treated fairly by each other and by our government. We’ve got a long way to go, but I would like to think that I can continue to contribute to that effort.”
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