Joseph P. Kennedy

Representative from Massachusetts's 4th Congressional District

Joseph P. Kennedy

Joseph P. Kennedy

Representative from Massachusetts's 4th Congressional District

Biography

Joseph P. Kennedy III is proud to serve the Fourth District of Massachusetts in Congress.

Having dedicated his career to public service, Joe brings a firm commitment to social justice and economic opportunity to the U.S. House of Representatives. Elected in November of 2012, he represents a diverse district that spans from the suburbs of Boston to the more industrial towns of Massachusetts’ South Coast.

Prior to seeking office, Joe served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Assistant District Attorney in both the Middlesex County and Cape and Island’s District Attorneys’ Offices. A graduate of Harvard Law, he was an active member of the school’s Legal Aid Bureau – a pro-bono law firm that provided legal services to low-income families around Boston. During that time he also co-founded an afterschool program for at-risk youth in the Boston area with his wife, Lauren.

Earlier in his career Joe served as a member of the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic where he designed and implemented an economic development project that helped create jobs and increase the standard of living in an isolated community near Puerto Plata. Joe has also worked as an international development analyst for the United Nations’ Millennium Project and as an anti-poverty consultant abroad. He is fluent in Spanish and currently sits on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, as well as the House Committee on Science and Technology.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Joe holds a bachelors degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

He lives with his wife, Lauren, and their dog, Banjo, in Brookline, Mass.

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Primary Location

Brookline, MA, United States

Number of Boards

4

Birthday

10/04/1980 - Brighton, MA

Age

39

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Founder at Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, Inc.

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Founder at Very Special Arts

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Founder at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

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President at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

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Senior Adviser/Executive Director at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

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Founder at Kennedy Merchant Partners

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Human Rights First

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Senior Counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Former Ambassador to Japan at United States Department of State

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Advisor at Coburn Greenberg Partners

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Representative from Massachusetts's 4th Congressional District
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Citizens Energy Corp. provides oil heating services. It offers assistance programs such as joe-4-oil, natural gas, homeless shelters and solar homes. The company was founded by Joseph P. Kennedy II in 1979 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

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Robert F. SmithJRF's ROBIE Achievement in Industry AwardRobert F. Smith is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a leading $14 billion private equity firm focused on software and technology-related businesses. Since Vista's founding in 2000, Mr. Smith has overseen more than 170 completed transactions by the firm representing over $45 billion in transaction value. In November 2015, for the second year in a row and based on its performance over the last 11 years, Vista was named as world's #1 performing private equity firm, according to the HEC-Dow Jones annual ranking. An engaged philanthropist, Mr. Smith launched a national effort in 2010 entitled Project Realize, based on his visionary approach of "Free Market Philanthropy." He is the Chairman of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the Founding Director and Chairman of the Fund II Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving the African-American experience, safeguarding human rights, providing music education, preserving the environment, and sustaining critical American values.

Step Parent

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Education
J.D.
Class of 2009

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

B.S. in Management Science & Engineering
Class of 2003

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Memberships
Member
2016 - Current
Member
Current

Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. provides and disseminates ideas on foreign policies to individuals, corporate members, journalists and policy makers. It operates a forum for government officials, students and other interested parties to study and discuss world issues and impact on American foreign policies. The company publishes Foreign Affairs, a magazine that comes out six times a year, along with books and studies by its own scholars. Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in New York City, NY.

Career History
Assistant District Attorney
2011 - 2012
Volunteer
2004 - 2006

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

Boards & Committees
Member, Senior Advisory Committee
2013 - Current

Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP) was created to serve as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy and inspire Harvard students into careers in politics and public service, much as President Kennedy was inspired during his days as a student at Harvard. The IOP also brings together the academic world with the world of politics and public affairs. All of this activity occurs on a non-partisan basis with the sole aim of promoting public service. Following President Kennedy's death in 1963, the Kennedy Library Corporation raised more than $20 million for both the construction of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and for the creation and endowment of an institute at Harvard for the study of politics and public affairs. More than 30 million people from around the world, including school children, contributed to the fund. In 1966, the Kennedy Library Corporation presented Harvard University with an endowment for the creation of the Institute of Politics. The Institute of Politics is housed within Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and is affiliated with the Kennedy Presidential Library.

Member, Board of Trustees
Current

Robert F. SmithJRF's ROBIE Achievement in Industry AwardRobert F. Smith is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a leading $14 billion private equity firm focused on software and technology-related businesses. Since Vista's founding in 2000, Mr. Smith has overseen more than 170 completed transactions by the firm representing over $45 billion in transaction value. In November 2015, for the second year in a row and based on its performance over the last 11 years, Vista was named as world's #1 performing private equity firm, according to the HEC-Dow Jones annual ranking. An engaged philanthropist, Mr. Smith launched a national effort in 2010 entitled Project Realize, based on his visionary approach of "Free Market Philanthropy." He is the Chairman of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the Founding Director and Chairman of the Fund II Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving the African-American experience, safeguarding human rights, providing music education, preserving the environment, and sustaining critical American values.

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$250 - $499
2015

Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, Inc. provides care, counseling, treatment, education and rehabilitative services. The firm's services include education, clinical support, family services and adventure education. The company was founded on June 25, 1969 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

$2,500 - $4,999
2014

Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, Inc. provides care, counseling, treatment, education and rehabilitative services. The firm's services include education, clinical support, family services and adventure education. The company was founded on June 25, 1969 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

$2,500 - $4,999
2012

Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, Inc. provides care, counseling, treatment, education and rehabilitative services. The firm's services include education, clinical support, family services and adventure education. The company was founded on June 25, 1969 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Political Donations Received
$2,800
2019
$500
2019
$1,000
2019
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Former Professional at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School

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