Joseph Kennedy III
|Joseph Kennedy III|
|U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 4|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Barney Frank (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|J.D.||Harvard Law School|
|Birthday||Oct. 4, 1980|
|Place of birth||Brighton, Massachusetts|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Prior to his congressional career Kennedy served as District Attorney for Middlesex County.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Kennedy is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Kennedy earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University. Upon graduation, he went on to obtain his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. From 2004-2006, he served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, where he helped local residents establish control over the Rio Damajagua waterfall national park. He served several Massachusetts counties as Assistant District Attorney before he occupied the same position for Middlesex County. 
- Assistant District Attorney, Middlesex County
- Member, Peace Corps, 2004-2006
- Former Prosecutor
Kennedy serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa
- Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
- United States House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
- Subcommittee on Energy
- Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
On his campaign website, Kennedy listed eight issues. They are:
- Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "The top creators of jobs in our district and state are small businesses. We need to do everything we can to make sure they have the tools and resources they need to start hiring, and that government is helping them rather than standing in the way."
- Balancing our budget
Excerpt: "I believe in a country where the success of our future generations isn’t limited by the debts of their parents and grandparents. We have an obligation to our children – to their children – to get serious about balancing our budget and reducing our debt and deficit."
- Energy independence
Excerpt: "A comprehensive energy plan is essential to the economy, environment, and security of our district, state and country. That means maximizing our domestic resources in a responsible way, seriously committing to renewable energy technologies and fuel efficiency measures, and cracking down on speculators manipulating the markets at the expense of working families
- Health care reform
Excerpt: "I support the path set forth by the Affordable Care Act. It’s not perfect, but it makes some important reforms like paving the way for universal coverage, making sure insurance companies can’t discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, and guaranteeing women access to essential health services. There is still much work to do to make health care more efficient, more effective, and more transparent."
- Foreign policy and security
Excerpt: "We have no greater obligation than protecting the safety and security of our country and her citizens at home and abroad. We’re facing one of the most complicated foreign policy landscapes in our history. We’re engaged in a global fight against terror involving multiple fronts, repeated deployments, tens of thousands dead and wounded, and great uncertainty."
Excerpt: "Providing access to quality education is the number one way to ensure that a child has the chance to succeed. It’s also one of the most significant investments that we as a society can make in our economic future. Unless and until every child is prepared to take up the challenge of continuing our great history of innovation and high-skilled work, we will continue to fall behind where we once led."
- Social Justice
Excerpt: "I believe that this country was founded on the principles of equality and fairness, and that we should be doing all we can to ensure those basic ideals continue to light our way."
- Women's Rights
Excerpt: "I believe this country was founded on the basic principles of equality and fairness. The fight to preserve and strengthen women’s rights is at the epicenter of our efforts to make sure those fundamental values hold true for future generations." 
Kennedy ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Massachusetts' 4th District. He defeated Herb Robinson and Rachel Brown in the September 6 Democratic primary. Incumbent Democrat Barney Frank did not seek re-election.
Joseph Kennedy III, "Kennedy announces his candidacy for Congress"
|U.S. House, Massachusetts District 4 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Joseph Kennedy III||59.3%||221,303|
|Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"|
|Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Joseph Kennedy III||90.1%||36,388|
Kennedy received official endorsements for the 2012 election from the organizations below.
- Sierra Club
- Massachusetts Coalition of Police
- Human Rights Campaign
- Planned Parenthood
- Massachusetts Nurses Association
- Massachusetts Teachers Association
- Massachusetts AFL-CIO
Comprehensive donor information for Kennedy is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kennedy raised a total of $4,204,050 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.
|Joseph Kennedy III's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 4)||$4,204,050|
|Grand Total Raised||$4,204,050|
|Joseph Kennedy III (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$334,754.37||$253,045.88||$(214,386.28)||$373,413.97|
|July Quarterly||July 16, 2013||$373,413.97||$386,758.84||$(272,081.64)||$488,091.17|
Kennedy won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kennedy's campaign committee raised a total of $4,204,050 and spent $3,869,295.
Cost per vote
Kennedy spent $17.48 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, 2012 - Joseph Kennedy III Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,074,705|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,068,678|
|Top contributors to Joseph Kennedy III's campaign committee|
|Global Partners LP||$27,987|
|Thornton & Naumes||$18,500|
|Edwards Wildman Palmer||$17,750|
|Mintz, Levin et al||$16,700|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$460,506|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Kennedy most often votes with:
Kennedy least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Kennedy missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013, which is 0.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kennedy's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $15,605,250 and $55,750,000. That averages to $35,677,625, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.
Voting with party
Joseph Kennedy III voted with the Democratic Party 95.9% of the time, which ranked 7 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
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- Media appearances:
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
- Joe Kennedy 2012, "About Joe," June 26, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Joe Kennedy for Congress, "Where I Stand," August 11, 2012
- Washington Post, "Joe Kennedy III announces run for Barney Frank’s seat," February 15, 2012
- Associated Press, "Massachusetts Primary Results," Accessed September 6, 2012
- YouTube channel
- Kennedy's Campaign Website, Press Releases
- Open Secrets, "Joe Kennedy III," Accessed May 16, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Joseph Kennedy III Summary Report," Accessed July 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Joseph Kennedy III April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Joseph Kennedy III July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
- Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
- GovTrack, "Joseph Kennedy III," Accessed June 24, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Joseph Kennedy," Accessed August 5, 2013
- GovTrack, "Joseph Kennedy," Accessed April 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Joe Kennedy III, (D-Mass), 2011"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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