Rep. Joe Kennedy III Formally Announces US Senate Campaign

Bernie Loubier
September 21, 2019 - 5:13 pm

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BOSTON (AP) - It's official: U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III is running for the U.S. Senate. The Massachusetts Democrat formally announced his campaign today in an email before a kickoff event in East Boston.

That's where the Kennedy clan first settled after arriving from Ireland well over a century ago.  Joe Kennedy is a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, and great nephew to President John F. Kennedy. 

He is the first member of America's most famous political dynasty to run for the Senate since his great-uncle Edward M. Kennedy did in 1962, a year before JFK's assassination. 

The 38-year-old will face 73-year-old incumbent Sen. Edward Markey in next year's primary.