Ted Kennedy, Jr.

Position
State Senator
District
12th District: Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison, North Branford
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Committees
Environment (co-chair); Internship (ranking member); Public Health; Transportation
Previous Positions
Board of directors of the American Association of People with Disabilities
Education
B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Yale University; J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law
Occupation
Lawyer and partner, Epstein Becker Green
Public Financing
Yes
Edward M. Kennedy Jr. made his long-awaited debut as a candidate for public office in April 2014, blessed and burdened by a name that makes instant allies and passionate enemies of perfect strangers. His father, uncles and brother began earlier, sights set on Congress or beyond. Kennedy waited until he was 52 to announce for the part-time Connecticut General Assembly.

His brother, Patrick, was elected to the Rhode Island legislature at 21 and to Congress at 27. His father, who died in 2009 at age 77 after more than four decades in the U.S. Senate, had urged him many times to run for Congress, beginning when Ted Jr. was a 23-year-old living in Massachusetts.

"You know what? It didn't feel right," Kennedy told reporters after his announcement in Branford, the coastal community outside New Haven where he lives with his family. "It didn't feel right because I really wanted to take the time. Not just to raise my family, but to develop my own expertise, and my own experience, and my own maturity." He waited to run until his daughter was in college and son was in high school.

Kennedy had managed to largely live out of the public eye in Connecticut, though he campaigned on behalf of Richard Blumenthal in 2010 and Chris Murphy in 2012 as they ran for open seats in the U.S. Senate. On election night in 2014, among those on hand to congratulate him was his father's close friend, former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd. Kennedy's roots in Connecticut are deep, but he retains one visible tie to Massachusetts, owning the Cape Cod home that once belonged to President Kennedy.

His first campaign was not without stumbles. Kennedy participated in the state's voluntary system of publicly financed campaigns, which limited him to strict spending limits. But his opponent's campaign manager filed an elections-enforcement complaint, saying that Kennedy violated the spirit if not the letter of the law by raising tens of thousands of the dollars for the Connecticut Democratic Party in 2014 and the party then spent $205,000 on his campaign.

Kennedy is likely to face questions in 2017 about his ambitions in 2018, when several statewide offices are expected to be open, including governor.

Kennedy is a co-founder of the Marwood Group, a healthcare consulting firm. He previously was the director of legal and regulatory affairs for the Connecticut Hospital Association. Before his election, he left Marwood and became a partner in the Stamford office of a national law firm, Epstein Becker Green, with a specialty in healthcare regulatory law.

Kennedy and his wife, Kiki, a Yale psychiatrist and environmental activist whom he married in 1993, live in Branford, a coastal community outside New Haven, with their two children.
Election history
Kennedy won an open seat in 2014, succeeding Democrat Ed Meyer.
Most recent election
Ted Kennedy Jr D 29567
Ted Kennedy Jr WF 2522
Bruce H Wilson Jr R 20430
Bruce H Wilson Jr I 778
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