Joe Kennedy III

American attorney and politician

Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy III (born October 4, 1980) is an American lawyer, politician, and a member of the Kennedy family, serving as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district since 2013.[1] He is a Democrat whose district stretches from the western suburbs of Boston to the state's South Coast.

Joe Kennedy III
Joe Kennedy III, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byBarney Frank
Personal details
Joseph Patrick Kennedy III

(1980-10-04) October 4, 1980 (age 39)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lauren Anne Birchfield
(m. 2012–present)
ChildrenEleanor "Ellie" Kennedy (b. 2015)
ParentsJoseph Patrick Kennedy II
Sheila Brewster Rauch
Alma materStanford University
Harvard Law School
WebsiteCongressional website
Campaign website

He is the son of former U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy. He worked as a Peace Corps volunteer and as an assistant district attorney in the Cape and Islands and Middlesex offices before his election to Congress.

On January 30, 2018, Kennedy delivered the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union address.

On September 21, 2019, Kennedy announced his plans to run against Ed Markey in the 2020 Massachusetts United States Senate race.[2]


  1. Arsenault, Mark (November 9, 2012). "Kennedy takes Fourth District congressional seat in decisive win over Bielat". The Boston Globe.
  2. "Congressman Joe Kennedy III announces U.S. Senate run". Boston25 News. Retrieved September 21, 2019.