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Kennedy Family Political Dynasty

 

Honey Fitz Fitzgerald | Eunice Kennedy Shriver | Ted Kennedy | Patrick Kennedy, Jr. | Joseph P. Kennedy II

Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. | John Kennedy | Robert Kennedy |

John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald (Feb. 11, 1863-Oct. 2, 1950)-Mayor of Boston. Father of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and grandfather of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, and of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Great-Grandfather to Maria Shriver, and Congressman Patrick Kennedy.
Poltical Career/Connections

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Member of Boston Common Council

1893-1894: State Senator (Massachusetts)

1895-1901 U.S. House of Representatives (Mass. 9th District)

1906-1907: Mayor of Boston

1907:

1910-1913: Mayor of Boston

1912: Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts

1916: Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (lost)

1919: U.S. House of Representatives (Mass. 10th District)

1922: Democratic Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, (lost)

1932: Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts

 

Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver (July 10, 1921-August 11, 2009) was a member of the Kennedy family and a co-founer of the Special Olympics in the 1960s as a national organization. Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, she was the fifth of nine children of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Kennedy . She was married to Sargent Shriver, and the mother of California First Lady Maria Shriver, and the mother-in-law of Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger.

Political Career/Connections

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Eunice Kennedy Shriver never held poltical office, but has led a very poltical life, as befitting a Kennedy.

1960: Actively campaigned for her brother, John, as he successfully ran for President.

1970: Eunice's husband, Sargent Shriver, ran for the office of Maryland Governor

1972: Eunice's husband, Sargent Shriver, ran for Vice-President as the running mate to George McGovern. They lost to the Nixon/Agnew ticket.

1976: Eunice's husband, Sargent Shriver, ran for the Democrtic Party's Presidential nomination.

1992: Joined several other prominent Democrats in signing a public letter to the New York Times, in protes of the Democratic Party's pro-abortion plank in the party's official platform. This occurred during Bill Clinton's first campaign for President.

2003: Supported her son-in-law, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in his successful election to the governship of California.

2008: Joined other Kennedy family members on stage as her brother, Senator Ted Kennedy, vocally announced his support for Barack Obama's campaign for the Democratic nomination against Senator Hillary Clinton.

Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (Feb. 22, 1932-August 25, 2009) was a member of the Kennedy family and a leader in the Democratic Party for over 40 years as a powerful Senator and one-time presidential candidate. Born in Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy was the youngest of nine children of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Kennedy . He was married twice, first to Joan Bennett, and later to Vicki Reggie. Senator Kennedy fathered three children with his first wife, Kara, Edward Jr., and Patrick. Patrick Kennedy is a congressman from Rhode Island.

Political Career:

Party Affiliation: Democrat

 

1958: Served as official manager of older brother John Kennedy's Senate re-election campaign.

1960: Manager of older brother John Kennedy's presidential election campaign in the Western states.

1962: Won election to John Kennedy's old Senate seat representing Massachussetts. Ted Kennedy held that Senate seat until his death in August, 2009

1980: Challenged incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter for the party's nomination. Kennedy lost the nomination.

2008: Joined other Kennedy family members on stage to vocally announce his support for Barack Obama's campaign for the Democratic nomination against Senator Hillary Clinton.

 

Patrick Joseph Kennedy II (born July 14, 1967) is member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving the 1st congressional district of Rhode Island. Kennedy is the son of late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy from Massachusetts and a member of the Kennedy family political dynasty. Kennedy became the youngest member of the Kennedy family to hold elected office when, in 1988, he won election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives at age 21. Representative Kennedy is a vocal supporter of health care reform, and is a supporter of abortion rights. In November 2009, Patrick Kennedy was barred from receiving Holy Communion by his Bishop, Thomas Tobin. Bishop Tobin instructed Kennedy to not take Communion, saying that the diocesan priests have been told to not give him Communion. Kennedy said the bishop had explained the penalty by telling him “that I am not a good practicing Catholic because of the positions that I’ve taken as a public official,” particularly on abortion.

 

Political Career:

Party Affiliation: Democrat

 Poltical Career/Connections

1994: Won election to the 1st Rhode Island Congressional seat by defeating Republican candidate Kevin Vigilante. Patrick Kennedy has won re-election seven times.

2008: Joined other Kennedy family members on stage to vocally announce his support for Barack Obama's campaign for the Democratic nomination against Senator Hillary Clinton.

 

Joseph Patrick Kennedy II (born September 24, 1952) is a member of the Democratic Party and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently a businessman. Kennedy served as a member of to the U.S. House of Representatives from the 8th congressional district of Massachusetts from 1987 to 1999. This was the seat held by former Speaker of the House, Thomas "tip" O'Neill and by Kennedy's uncle, John F. Kennedy. In 1979 Kennedy founded and ran Citizens Energy Corporation, a non-profit energy company 1979 to 1987, when he first won election to the House. After leaving the House of Representatives in 1999 he once again led Citizens Energy Corporation.

Joseph Kennedy is named after his late uncle Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., he is the eldest son of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy and a member of the Kennedy family political dynasty.

 

 

Political Career:

Party Affiliation: Democrat

Poltical Career/Connections

1986: Won election to the 8th Massachusetts Congressional seat and and held it from 1987 until resigning his seat in 1999.

 

Links and Resources:

 

Mayor John Francis Fitzgerald--Celebrate Boston.com

John F. Fitzgerald-Wikipedia article

Ted Kennedy-Wikipedia Article

Senator Edward M. Kennedy | United States Senator for Massachusetts-Senate Website

Ted Kennedy-

Ted Kennedy--New York Times, August 25, 2009

Senator Ted Kennedy has died at home in Hyannis Port the evening of August 25--Review of Kennedy's accomplishments

Patrick J. Kennedy, Jr.-- Official CampaignWebsite

Representative Patrick J. Kennedy, Jr.--House of Representatives webpage

Bishop bars Patrick Kennedy from Communion over abortion--CNN, Nov. 22, 2009

Joseph P. Kennedy II--Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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