Ted Kennedy Jr., is about to enter the family business. Kennedy, son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and brother of former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, is slated today to announce his candidacy for state Senate in Connecticut, where he has lived for many years.
Ted Kennedy is a 52-year old lawyer who lives in a New Haven suburb with his wife, Dr. Katherine `Kiki’ Gershman Kennedy and their children. Kennedy is running for an open seat; the Democratic incumbent is retiring. Kennedy is no stranger to Rhode Island. He worked on his brother Patrick’s initial campaign for state representative from Providence’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood in 1988. And he and his wife were married on Block Island.
Ted Kennedy has been mentioned over the years for many political positions in Connecticut. But he told people over the years (including yours truly) that he was all too well aware of the stress politics puts on families. So he decided to wait until his children were older before embarking on a campaign.
His spouse is a psychiatrist and clinical medicine professor at the Yale University School of Medicine. School. The couple were married in 1993 on Block Island. They have a daughter who is a student at Wesleyan University, her father’s alma mater, and a son who is at Choate Rosemary Hall prep school in Connecticut. His uncle, President John F. Kennedy graduated from Choate.
Kennedy, who bears a striking resemblance to his father, lives in the New Haven suburb of Branford. He lost a leg to cancer as a boy. Kennedy gave an especially moving eulogy at his father’s funeral in 2009 in Boston.
Over the years, Kennedy has campaigned for many prominent Democrats, including President Barack Obama and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.