Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy

Edward M Kennedy

Born:

  • 22 February 1932
  • Boston, Massachusetts

Died:

  • 25 August 2009
  • Hyannis Port, Massachusetts

Spouse

  • Joan Bennett Kennedy
    (m. 1958; div. 1982)
  • Victoria Reggie Kennedy
    (m. 1992–2009)

Children:

  • Kara Kennedy
  • Edward Moore Kennedy Jr.
  • Patrick J. Kennedy

Parents:

  • Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.
  • Rose F. Kennedy

Education:

  • Harvard College
  • University of Virginia

Military Background:

  • United States Army
  • 1951-1953
  • Private 1st Class

Political Background:

  • Senate Majority Whip
    3 January 1969- 3 January 1971
  • Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
    3 January 1979- 3 January 1981
  • Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources
    3 January 1987-1995
  • Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    3 January 2001- 20 January 2001
    6 June 2001- 3 January 2003
    4 January 2007- 25 August 2009
  • United States Senator from Massachusetts
    7 November 1962- 25 August 2009
  • Deemed by many as the “Lion of the Senate,” Kennedy was considered one of the most effective legislators of the past few decades, especially in his ability to cross party lines to get legislation passed.

One of the great lessons I’ve learned from a life in politics is that no reform is ever truly complete. We must constantly keep moving forward, seeking ways to create that more perfect union.”
― Edward M. Kennedy, True Compass: A Memoir