This session of Congress was the first time since 1948 that a Kennedy has never been in Congress. Well, thank God, it is going to be a brief two year respite. Joseph P Kennedy III, the great-nephew of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, was elected to Congress this past election day. The young Congressman keeps alive the Kennedy spirit of service and sacrifice for America.
In an article written by Matt Stout for Boston Globe:
Congressman-elect Joe Kennedy III, the fourth generation of his legendary family in politics, said he’s taking a page or two from his late great-uncle Ted’s playbook to make friends and influence people in a GOP-controlled House: get to know people, and find things you agree on.
“Clearly we’re going to be in the minority,” Kennedy said of House Democrats. “I think that means you go down there, you try to meet as many of the members as you can and try to figure out where you can be effective and how you can be effective.”
“I learned from my uncle, a lot of that is on relationships, and to try to understand that with people you might disagree on nine things out of 10, you do agree on one,” Kennedy told the Herald yesterday, evoking the late Edward M. Kennedy, known for compromising and working with rivals such as U.S. Sen. John McCain and President George W. Bush to push key legislation in his Capitol Hill career.
Kennedy — the son of former Congressman Joe P. Kennedy II, grandson of former U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, great-nephew of President John F. Kennedy, and great-grandson of Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy — scored a runaway victory over Republican Sean Bielat on Tuesday.
Asked about expectations of him, Kennedy said his main concern is living up to the tough family standard of being a Kennedy “workhorse.”
“That’s something I admired about them,” he said of his family. “I’m very cognizant of the fact for a freshman congressman, you have to be willing to show people you are willing to put in the work.”
Kennedy said his focus now turns to basics: building a staff and budget while keeping a close eye on moves by the current House.