Joe Kennedy III was born into the Kennedy family, which is probably the most famous political family in America. Their modern influence began with the family patriarch Joe Kennedy Snr. He was a man of immeasurable skill and vision. His dream was to position his sons for the most important political offices in America.
It is fair to say that his dream came true, as the Kennedy family has produced an American president, five members of Congress/Senate, and Attorney General, a governor, and many other influential positions in business over the past 70 years. Joe Kennedy III happens to be the shining light of this generation of Kennedys.
Joe Kennedy III was born on 4 October 1980 in Boston. As is typical for the Kennedys, his father and mother were working on the presidential campaign of US Senator Ted Kennedy at the time of his birth. Joe’s father was elected to Congress in 1986.
Joe and his twin brother Matt grew up in Brighton and in the coastal town of Marshfield. The fraternal twins attended the elite private school Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Joe then transferred to Stanford University, where he studied engineering and management. During his time at Stanford University, he excelled in sports as goalkeeper and co-captain of the school’s lacrosse team.
Between 2004 and 2006, Joe moved to the Dominican Republic where he served in the Peace Corps. After his stay abroad, Kennedy enrolled at Harvard Law School, where he met his future wife Lauren Ann Birchfield in a law class taught by future Senator Elizabeth Warren.
As a law student, he worked to help poor real estate tenants during and after the 2008 financial crisis. Upon graduation, he accepted the position of assistant district attorney in Massachusetts.
In keeping with family tradition, he announced his intention to run for Congress in February 2012. Buoyed by the political goodwill of his family, Joe Kennedy III raised over $4 million for his campaign, compared to the $900,000 raised by his opponent, Republican Sean Bielat. He won the election with 61% against 36% of Bielat.
Joe won re-election to Congress in 2014 and 2016. He currently sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
At 37, the Democratic Party warms to him and subtly projects him onto the nation. He is reportedly the youngest person ever to present the Democrats’ response to a speech on the Republican state of the Union. Joe III does not hide his opposition to President Trump’s policies; he has called the president’s outcry to cancel the affordable health care plan an “act of malice. He is also a critic of the idea of arming teachers and turning schools into fortresses to combat gun attacks in schools.
Joe Kennedy III is married to Lauren Birchfield, who studied political science at the University of California. She attended Harvard Law School, where she met Joe Kennedy III.
She and Joe graduated from law school in 2009. Joe proposed to her in January 2012, and the couple was married the same year in a ceremony at the Sea Church in Corona del Mar, California. The wedding was presided over by Birchfield’s father, Reverend Jim Birchfield.
Lauren is a co-founder of Neighborhood Villages, an initiative dedicated to providing affordable, quality health care and education for children.
The couple has two children, a daughter, Eleanor Anne Kennedy, born in 2015, and a son, James Matthew Kennedy, born in 2017.
Family, Father, Cousins
Joe III was born the son of Joseph Patrick Kennedy II, the eldest son of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy, a younger brother of President John F. Kennedy. Joe II was a member of the US House of Representatives from 1987 to 1999. He represented the 8th Congressional District of Massachusetts.
He was married to Sheila Brewster Rauch, from whom he divorced in 1991 after a protracted battle for annulment of the marriage by the Roman Catholic Church.
Joe Kennedy III is born into the political dynasty of America’s most famous family. A family with Irish roots who emigrated from Europe during the potato shortage. Since 1947, the Kennedys have produced at least one senior elected government official each year in Washington.
The cousin of Joe III, Patrick Joseph Kennedy, son of Senator Ted Kennedy, served as Rhode Island Congressman from 1995 to 2011. Ted Kennedy Jr., also Ted Kennedy’s son, is a member of the Senate of the State of Connecticut.
Joe Kennedy III Net Worth
The strength of the Kennedy clan lies not only in its immense political machinery, but members of the family are also influential businessmen. The family patriarch Joe Kennedy Sr. was an influential investor and the first chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Joe made a huge fortune on the stock market, consolidating most of the family fortune in complicated trusts and funds, a network of investments tied up in various sectors of the economy, guaranteeing each Kennedy heir a piece of the huge family cake.
The exact number of family assets remains a mystery. Conservative estimates put it at 60 million dollars. Part of it is inherited through trust funds to Joe III.
Other Facts About Joe Kennedy III
- Joe speaks fluent Spanish.
- During his time at Stanford, he was a roommate of NBA player Jason Collins.
- He does not drink alcohol.
- Both Joe and his wife Lauren are graduates of Harvard Law School.