Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., a member of one of America’s most prominent political families, will take to enter the national stage, the democratic response to President Trump ‘ s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who announced the news with the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Jan. 25, characterized Kennedy as “a tireless fighter for working Americans.”
“Health, economic justice, civil rights, the democratic agenda is in stark contrast to President Trump the broken promises to American families,” said Kennedy in a statement. “Our vision for this Association is guided by a simple belief that equality and economic dignity should be granted to every American.”
Of health care, economic justice, civil rights, the democratic agenda is in stark contrast to President Trump the broken promises to American families. Deeply honored to be chosen to deliver the response to the State of the Union next week. Stay tuned for updates!
Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) January 26, 2018
The 37-year-old also said that he has “been selected to be honored”, the party is the answer.
Prior to Kennedy’s reply on Jan. 30, here’s what you need to know about the representatives.
Who is he?
Kennedy is the son of Joe Kennedy II, a six-term Massachusetts Congressman. He is also the grandson of sen. Robert Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968. And both of his great uncle, former President John F. Kennedy and former Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy. (It is worth noting that in 1982, Sen. Edward Kennedy, along with other Democrats was at the time, a pre-recorded response to former President Ronald Reagan state of the Union message.)
Kennedy, currently serving his third term, was born and raised in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in management science and engineering, according to his biography. Later, he attended the Harvard Law School, graduating with a J. D.
He and his wife, Lauren, a health policy expert, met at a class, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., taught at Harvard University. The couple has two children, a young daughter named Eleanor, and a son, James, born in December 2017.
The young family lives with her dog, Banjo, in Newton.
A lawyer turned politician
Before his entry into politics, Kennedy served in the Peace Corps and then as an assistant district attorney in Eastern Massachusetts, where he worked for Michael O ‘ Keefe, “an old-school rough-around-the-collar Republicans,” Peter Ubertaccio, professor of political science at Stonehill College, a school just outside of Boston, told Fox News.
“It is an interesting part of his career-that’s really where he got his start,” he added.
In 2012, Kennedy ran for a seat in Massachusetts in the fourth district, according to Barney Frank, the longtime democratic Congressman, announced his resignation.
Frank’s retirement was unexpected, said Ubertaccio. But for Kennedy, the time served as the perfect way for him to go to “the policy, as he wanted it.”
As a representative, Kennedy on access to education, health care, and “continue the conversation, to ROOT-and STEM-training,” Ubertaccio said. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.
“He understands what it means to be a Kennedy. But he has no rest on this name. He is working hard to the development of his [personal] reputation.”
– Peter Ubertaccio
Kennedy is also a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, where he focused on issues such as mental health, addiction and energy costs, among others. In the past, he was a co-sponsor of the ” Paycheck Fairness Act and against the defense of marriage Act (DOMA). The representative has also advocated for LGBTQ equality, the right to vote and civil rights.
“He understands what it means to be a Kennedy. But he has no rest on this name. He is working hard to the development of his [personal] reputation,” Ubertaccio said.
What is the specification means that the refutation of s mean for Kennedy’s career?
Kennedy has a good reputation in his home state, said Ubertaccio.
“He developed a good reputation for itself in Massachusetts, as a thoughtful and conscientious,” he said. And although Kennedy “passionate and aggressive,” on issues he deeply cares for the Massachusetts representatives in a “bipartisan fashion, which is still expected that the state, despite its liberal reputation.”
But the rising political star has largely lacked national recognition today. In fact, apart from the introduction of sen Warren in the 2016 Democratic National Convention, what is the rebuttal to the state of the Union is probably one of Kennedy’s most important political movements of to-date, said Ubertaccio.
“The national recognition is of no use to him. To move if he wants, politically, this opportunity raises its profile,” he added.
And gives the answer not only for the benefit of the representatives, Ubertaccio added. It could also be an advantage for the democratic party.
“In a time when the democratic party is struggling with its image, it is to be a clever political move, a young leader of the refutation,” he said. “He has done an excellent job in Congress and is well regarded by those on the [political] aisle.”
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.