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Ted Kennedy

Personal data
Date of birthFebruary 22, 1932
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts
Date of deathAugust 25, 2009(age 77)
Place of deathHyannis Port, Massachusetts
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Birth nameEdward Moore Kennedy
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseJoan Bennett Kennedy (m. 1958 � 1982)
Victoria Reggie Kennedy (m. 1992 � 2009)
RelationsJoseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (father)
Rose Kennedy (mother)
ChildrenKara Kennedy Allen (b. 1960)
Edward M. Kennedy, Jr. (b. 1961)
Patrick J. Kennedy (b. 1967)
Alma materHarvard College (AB)
University of Virginia School of Law (LLB)
ProfessionPolitician, lawyer
ReligionRoman Catholic
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1951 � 1953
RankPrivate 1st Class
In officeNovember 7, 1962 - August 25, 2009|predecessor=Ben Smith
Succeeded byPaul Kirk
Preceded byBen Smith
16th United States Senate Majority Whip
In officeJanuary 3, 1969 - January 3, 1971
LeaderMike Mansfield
Succeeded byRobert Byrd
Preceded byRussell B. Long
Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
In officeJanuary 3, 1979 - January 3, 1981
Succeeded byStrom Thurmond
Preceded byJames Eastland
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resource
In officeJanuary 3, 1987 - January 3, 1995
Succeeded byNancy Kassebaum Baker
Preceded byOrrin Hatch
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
In officeJanuary 3 - January 20, 2001
Succeeded byJim Jeffords
Preceded byJim Jeffords
In officeJune 6, 2001 - January 3, 2003
Succeeded byJudd Gregg
Preceded byJim Jeffords
In officeJanuary 4, 2007 - August 25, 2009
Succeeded byTom Harkin
Preceded byMike Enzi

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Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (February 22, 1932 - August 25, 2009) was a United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. Serving almost 47 years, he was the second most senior member of the Senate when he died and is the fourth-longest-serving senator in United States history. For many years the most prominent living member of the Kennedy family, he was the last surviving son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.; the youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, both victims of assassination, and Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., killed in action in World War II; and the father of Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy.

Kennedy entered the Senate in a November 1962 special election to fill the seat once held by his brother John. He was elected to a full six-year term in 1964 and was reelected seven more times before his death. The controversial Chappaquiddick incident on July 18, 1969, resulted in the death of his automobile passenger Mary Jo Kopechne; Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, and the incident significantly damaged his chances of ever becoming President of the United States. His one attempt, in the 1980 presidential election, resulted in a Democratic primary campaign loss to incumbent President Jimmy Carter.

Kennedy was known for his charisma and oratorical skills. His 1968 eulogy for his brother Robert and his 1980 rallying cry for modern American liberalism were among his best-known speeches. He became recognized as "The Lion of the Senate" through his long tenure and influence. More than 300 bills that Kennedy and his staff wrote were enacted into law. Unabashedly liberal, Kennedy championed an interventionist government emphasizing economic and social justice, but was also known for working with Republicans to find compromises between senators with disparate views. Kennedy played a major role in passing many laws, including laws addressing immigration, cancer research, health insurance, apartheid, disability discrimination, AIDS care, civil rights, mental health benefits, children's health insurance, education and volunteering. In the 2000s, he led several unsuccessful immigration reform efforts. Over the course of his Senate career and continuing into the Obama administration, Kennedy continued his efforts to enact universal health care, which he called the "cause of my life."

In May 2008, Kennedy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor which limited his appearances in the Senate. He died on August 25, 2009, in his Hyannis Port, Massachusetts home. By the time of his death, he had come to be viewed as a major figure and spokesman for American progressivism.

Ted Kennedy Video

Sen. Ted Kennedy discusses the importance of net neutrality as it relates to our democracy
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Ted Kennedy delivering the closing part of the eulogy at the funeral of his brother Bobby, using excerpts from Bobby's famous speech to the students of a South African university in 1966.
7.40 min. | 4.93 user rating Lay off the sauce Splash
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8.25.08 Sen. Ted Kennedy, recently undergoing surgery for a brain tumor, made a surprise speech to the Democratic Convention in Denver
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Senator Ted Kennedy belts out popular Mexican song during Obama campagn event in Texas. During a rally before a mostly Hispanic crowd in Laredo, Kennedy sang the Mexican song Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes in Spanish. The song was made popular in a 1940's Hollywood movie.
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Ted Kennedy making excuses for driving drunk and causing Mary Jo Kopechne to drown in his overturned car. The water was only about 6 feet deep with no current based on police reports at the time. Police diver John Farrar's testimony suggested that she survived for as long as two hours in the submerged automobile by breathing a pocket of trapped air. Kennedy spent the nine hours after the accident attempting to cover-up his involvement, while Mary Jo Kopechne was left to die in his submerged automobile.
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From the January 29, 2008 CBS "Early Show"
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Fox News made some effort to be respectful in its coverage of the death and funeral of iconic Democratic Senator Edward M Kennedy, but inviting Republican Karl Rove, the ultra-partisan advisor from George W Bush's Administration, to participate in the coverage was a mistake Fox News should have avoided as I show in this video. The two short clips from Fox News in this video come from the Fox News program "Fox and Friends Saturday" which aired August 29, 2009, and which I could not find available online. The photo of Sen. Ted Kennedy in this video as well as the text of Sen Kennedy's September 27, 2002, speech at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies titled "Eliminating the Threat: The Right Course of Action for Disarming Iraq, Combating Terrorism, Protecting the Homeland and Stabilizing the Middle East" is available at And, finally, as always, you can find DOZENS and DOZENS more examples of Fox News bias on my Fox News bias playlist on YouTube at
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This is a video I made of Ted Kennedy calling Barak Obama, Osama Bin Laden. Funny!!!
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A monument to public service and an enduring political figure - Boston Globe Tweet this news
Boston Globe--“-Ted Kennedy- was a politician, and proud of it,'' Kirk said, sparking applause. Pelosi, who attended the ceremony and then gave a speech at Tufts, received a standing ovation for helping to pass the national health care law tha - Date : Sat, 09 Apr 2011 07:17:34 GMT+00:00
'He made me feel like the luckiest woman on the planet' says Ted Kennedy's ... - Daily Mail Tweet this news
Daily Mail---Ted Kennedy's- widow has opened her heart about memories of living with the man with who made her feel like 'the luckiest woman on the planet'. Victoria Kennedy said the pain of losing her husband is mitigated by reminding hers - Date : Fri, 08 Apr 2011 20:00:28 GMT+00:00
PHOTOS: April 16: Late Senator Ted Kennedy, Former NJ Governer Jim Florio to ... - Eworldwire (press release) Tweet this news
Eworldwire (press release)--Congressman Kennedy will be also receiving a bust of his father's image made by Patrick Voss. Kennedy is looking forward to meeting members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. from near and far. - Senator -Ted Kennedy- adv - Date : Fri, 08 Apr 2011 13:13:38 GMT+00:00
In light of Japan, Kennedy might rethink Cape Wind - Cape Cod Times (subscription) Tweet this news
Cape Cod Times (subscription)--I know -Ted Kennedy- opposed wind energy in Nantucket Sound, I suppose because it would spoil the natural beauty of Cape Cod. I have been thinking of him lately whenever I see the news about the Fukushima nuclear plant in Ja - Date : Sat, 09 Apr 2011 06:25:15 GMT+00:00
Mood changes on Capitol Hill - NECN Tweet this news
NECN--But members of the Kennedy family did speak about it. "We'll get through it. I think we need to be optimistic," said -Ted Kennedy-, Jr. "I wish there were more people like my dad in Washington who had the personal rel - Date : Fri, 08 Apr 2011 20:31:56 GMT+00:00
Phipps: The truth about Ted Kennedy - Milford Daily News Tweet this news
Milford Daily News--By Anonymous I write in response to Sanford Levey's letter to the editor, which criticized the MWDN for printing an article he considered to be "useless and derogatory" toward -Ted Kennedy's- reputation. On - Date : Sun, 13 Mar 2011 05:21:46 GMT+00:00
Romney's missed opportunity for humility - Washington Examiner (blog) Tweet this news
Washington Examiner (blog)--Five years ago Romney strode to a dais to announce his ambitious health care plan in Boston, -Ted Kennedy- at his shoulder, between signs reading “Making History in Healthcare.” Romney was hailed for a rare achievement�appl - Date : Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:08:23 GMT+00:00
Blumenthal still fighting for us, but not packing much of a punch - Tweet this news maiden speech still remembered is -Ted Kennedy's- in April 1964, more than a year after his election and in an era when freshmen, as Kennedy said, "should be seen, not heard; should learn, not teach." The brother of - Date : Sat, 26 Mar 2011 08:22:05 GMT+00:00
Ted Kennedy's Vietnam Plot - American Thinker Tweet this news
American Thinker--I'd like to say no, that the Kennedy boys would never do something so low. Yet, when you consider the question deeper, it seems plausible. Consider: One of the more sordid aspects of -Ted Kennedy's- checkered life, lost between - Date : Fri, 11 Mar 2011 07:07:45 GMT+00:00
How Powerful Is The Base? - The Atlantic Tweet this news
The Atlantic--John McCain, who was championing a -Ted Kennedy--backed immigration reform plan when the '08 process began (and immigration was hardly his only problem), is the extreme example. Bob Dole, once dubbed "the tax collector for the - Date : Wed, 09 Mar 2011 22:37:18 GMT+00:00

United States Senate
Preceded by
Ben Smith
United States Senator from Massachusetts
Served alongside: Leverett Saltonstall, Edward Brooke, Paul Tsongas, John Kerry

November 7, 1962 - August 25, 2009
Succeeded by
Paul G. Kirk
Political offices
Preceded by
Russell B. Long
Senate Majority Whip
Senate Democratic Whip
Succeeded by
Robert C. Byrd
West Virginia
Preceded by
James Eastland
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
Succeeded by
Strom Thurmond
R-South Carolina
Preceded by
Orrin Hatch
Chairman of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee
Succeeded by
Nancy Landon Kassebaum
Preceded by
James Jeffords
Chairman of the Senate Health, Education,
Labor, and Pensions Committee
January 3-20, 2001
Succeeded by
James Jeffords
Preceded by
James Jeffords
Chairman of the Senate Health, Education,
Labor, and Pensions Committee
June 5, 2001-2003
Succeeded by
Judd Gregg
R-New Hampshire
Preceded by
Michael Enzi
Chairman of the Senate Health, Education,
Labor, and Pensions Committee
Succeeded by
Tom Harkin
Party political offices
Preceded by
John F. Kennedy
Democratic Party nominee for United States Senator from Massachusetts
(Class 1)

1962, 1964, 1970, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006
Succeeded by
Martha Coakley
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Maurice J. Murphy, Jr.
Youngest Member of the United States Senate
Succeeded by
Bob Packwood

United States Senators from Massachusetts

Class 1Dalton * Cabot * Goodhue * Mason * Adams * Lloyd * Gore * Ashmun * Mellen * Mills * Webster * Choate * Webster * Winthrop * Rantoul * Sumner * Washburn * Dawes * Lodge, Sr. * Butler * Walsh * Lodge, Jr. * J. Kennedy * Smith * E. Kennedy * Kirk * Brown
Class 2Strong * Sedgwick * Dexter * Foster * Pickering * Varnum * Otis * Lloyd * Silsbee * Davis * Bates * Davis * Everett * Rockwell * Wilson * Boutwell * Hoar * Crane * J. Weeks * Walsh * Gillett * Coolidge * Lodge, Jr. * S. Weeks * Saltonstall * Brooke * Tsongas * Kerry

Chairmen of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Chase * Crittenden * Burrill * Smith * Van Buren * Berrien * Rowan * Marcy * Wilkins * Clayton * Grundy * Wall * Berrien * Ashley * Butler * Bayard * Trumbull * Edmunds * Thurman * Edmunds * Hoar * Pugh * Hoar * Platt * Clark * Culberson * Nelson * Brandegee * Cummins * Norris * Ashurst * Van Nuys * McCarran * Wiley * McCarran * Langer * Kilgore * Eastland * Kennedy * Thurmond * Biden * Hatch * Leahy * Hatch * Leahy * Hatch * Specter * Leahy

United States Senate Majority Whips

Lewis * Curtis * Jones * Fess * Lewis * Minton * Hill * Wherry * Myers * Johnson * Saltonstall * Clements * Mansfield * Humphrey * Long * Kennedy * Byrd * Cranston * Stevens * Simpson * Cranston * Ford * Lott * Nickles * Reid * Nickles * Reid * McConnell * Durbin

Kennedy family

Ancestors of
Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr.
(1888 �1969)
James Kennedy and Maria Kennedy parents of
--- Patrick Kennedy (m.) Bridget Murphy parents of
------ P. J. Kennedy (m.) Mary Augusta Hickey parents of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald
(1890 �1995)
Philip and Mary Cox * Thomas Fitzgerald and Rosanna Cox * Michael Hannon and Mary Ann Fitzgerald * John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald (m.) Mary Josephine Hannon parents of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Children of
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
(in birth order) Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr. * John Fitzgerald Kennedy (m.) Jacqueline Lee Bouvier * Rose Marie "Rosemary" Kennedy * Kathleen Agnes Kennedy (m.) William John Robert Cavendish, Marquess of Hartington * Eunice Mary Kennedy (m.) Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. * Patricia Kennedy (m./div.) Peter Lawford * Robert Francis Kennedy (m.) Ethel Skakel * Jean Ann Kennedy (m.) Stephen Edward Smith * Edward Moore Kennedy (m./div. 1st) Virginia Joan Bennett; (m. 2nd) Victoria Anne Reggie
(in birth order)
Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr. (1915 �1944)None
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917 �1963)Arabella Kennedy * Caroline Bouvier Kennedy (m.) Edwin Arthur Schlossberg * John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. (m.) Carolyn Jeanne Bessette * Patrick Bouvier Kennedy
Rose Marie Kennedy (1918 �2005)None
Kathleen Cavendish, Marchioness
of Hartington
(1920 �1948)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921 �2009)Robert Sargent Shriver III (m.) Malissa Feruzzi * Maria Owings Shriver (m.) Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger * Timothy Perry Shriver (m.) Linda Potter * Mark Kennedy Shriver (m.) Jeannie Eileen Ripp * Anthony Paul Kennedy Shriver (m.) Alina Mojica
Patricia Kennedy Lawford (1924 �2006)Christopher Kennedy Lawford * Sydney Maleia Kennedy Lawford * Victoria Francis Lawford * Robin Elizabeth Lawford
Robert Francis Kennedy (1925 �1968)Kathleen Hartington Kennedy (m.) David Lee Townsend * Joseph Patrick Kennedy II (m./div. 1st) Sheila Brewster Rauch; (m. 2nd) Anne Elizabeth "Beth" Kelly * Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr. (m./div. 1st) Emily Ruth Black (m. 2nd) Mary Richardson * David Anthony Kennedy * Mary Courtney Kennedy (m/div. 1st) Jeffrey Robert Ruhe; (m./sep. 2nd) Paul Michael Hill * Michael LeMoyne Kennedy (m.) Victoria Denise Gifford * Mary Kerry Kennedy (m./div.) Andrew Mark Cuomo * Christopher George Kennedy (m.) Sheila Sinclair Berner * Matthew Maxwell Taylor Kennedy (m.) Victoria Anne Strauss * Douglas Harriman Kennedy (m.) Molly Elizabeth Stark * Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy (m.) Mark Bailey
Jean Kennedy Smith (born 1928)Stephen Edward Smith, Jr. * William Kennedy Smith * Amanda Mary Smith * Kym Maria Smith
Edward Moore Kennedy (1932 �2009)Kara Anne Kennedy (m.) Michael Allen * Edward Moore Kennedy, Jr. (m.) Katherine Anne "Kiki" Gershman * Patrick Joseph Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

LifeMotor Torpedo Boat PT-109 * Motor Torpedo Boat PT-59
PoliticsElectoral history * Presidential election, 1960 * New Frontier * Inaugural address * Kennedy Doctrine * Alliance for Progress * Bay of Pigs Invasion * Cuban Missile Crisis * Partial Test Ban Treaty * Kennedy and Latin America
Events"Happy Birthday, Mr. President" * Assassination * Reaction * State funeral * Presidential timeline
LegacyMemorial * Aircraft carrier * Library * In popular culture * "Ich bin ein Berliner" * Profile in Courage Award
Why England Slept * Profiles in Courage * A Nation of Immigrants
FamilyJacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis * Caroline Bouvier Kennedy * John F. Kennedy, Jr. (airplane crash) * Patrick Bouvier Kennedy * Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. * Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy * Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. * Robert F. Kennedy (assassination) * Edward M. Kennedy (Chappaquiddick incident)

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