WASHINGTON – A new member of the Kennedy family, the influential dynasty in US politics, made his debut before a broad national audience presenting his Democratic Party’s reply to the State of the Union address by President Donald Trump.
Apart from having one of the most famous names in US history, what else do we know about him?
Joe Kennedy III, currently a representative to the lower house, jumped to the national stage with the traditional reply to the annual presidential speech .
Although he is well known in political circles in his native state of Massachusetts, it was the first time that Kennedy was presented on “triple-A schedule”.
In a speech that had moments in Spanish, he went directly to the so-called “dreamers” – undocumented immigrants who came as children to the country – who were protected during the Obama administration but are now threatened with deportation.
“You are part of our history,” he said in the Spanish . “We will fight for you and we will not go away or give up.”
The young Kennedy also launched several darts against President Trump declaring: “The thugs never win.”
He rebuked the president’s policies, including his attempts to revoke the health program known as Obamacare, and alluded to the scandal of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and the marches of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
How is he related to the famous family?
He is the grandson of the late Senator Robert Kennedy and nephew of the late US president. John F. Kennedy. Both murdered in the 60s.
He was born in Massachusetts, the ancestral state of the Kennedy’s, and is 37 years old.
His great-grandfather and hierarchy of the dynasty was also called Joseph, and he was the ambassador of the United States in the United Kingdom, in the 30s.
Where does he work?
He is currently serving his third term as a Democratic representative in the Lower House for the 4th District of the State of Massachusetts, seat to which he was elected in 2013.
He lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife Lauren Birchfield Kennedy and their two children, Elanor and James.
The couple met at the Law School of Harvard University, in a class taught by Elizabeth Warren, who is now a Democratic senator from Massachusetts .
Before entering the US Congress, Joe Kennedy III got his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, California, and then served two years in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic .
After studying law at Harvard, he was a district attorney.
Kennedy speaks Spanish, has a twin brother, Matthew Kennedy, and inherited his family’s love for the New England Patriots football team.