Joe (Joe) P. Kennedy, III (D-USH04)
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Capitol: 202.225.5931
FAX: 202.225.0182
District: 508.431.1110
District FAX: 617.431.1101
Representative
Room 434 CHOB- Cannon House Office Building 27 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-2104

Residence: Brookline, MA
Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2018
Spouse: Lauren Birchfield   DOB: 10/4/1980
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairCongressional Friends of Spain Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Peace Corps Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Access to Civil Legal Services Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers
FC MemberCongressional Writers Caucus
FC MemberWater Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Future Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Portuguese American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Land Conservation Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection
Co-Vice ChairCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
FC MemberCongressional Responsible Hospitality Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Energy
FC MemberCongressional #FutureForum Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of the National Park Service Centennial
FC MemberCrohn's and Colitis Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Vision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Primary Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus

Bio

Joe Kennedy III is proud to serve the Fourth District of Massachusetts in Congress. Currently in his third term, he represents a diverse district that stretches from the suburbs of Boston to the more industrial cities of Massachusetts' South Coast.

As a member of the influential House Energy & Commerce Committee, Joe has crafted a legislative agenda driven by the needs of his constituents. With a focus on issues like mental health and addiction, energy costs, manufacturing and STEM education, he has prioritized bipartisan reforms that directly impact the families, businesses and communities he is honored to represent.

His efforts to strengthen mental health parity laws, increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for behavioral health providers, and ensure the federal government invests in the entire continuum of care have made him an emerging leader on mental health and substance use disorders issues in Congress. Inspired by the rich manufacturing tradition of the 4th Congressional District and the modern economic challenges many of his communities face, Joe has been a vocal advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, vocational schools and community colleges since he arrived in Washington. His Perkins Modernization Act and STEM Gateways Act, which focus on expanding educational opportunity to middle and working-class students, both passed the House in 2016 with broad bipartisan support. Additionally, his Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) was signed into law by President Obama in 2014. The bipartisan legislation supports a network of domestic manufacturing centers aimed at fueling new technologies and educating a next-generation workforce. Dedicated to being as accessible as possible to his constituents, Joe made a commitment to hold open constituent office hours in every city and town of the 4th District - an initiative dubbed "Tour 34." He has also used his voice in Washington and Massachusetts to amplify both the strengths and needs of his district, from benefits for former nuclear workers to innovative economic development strategies to protections for consumers and initiatives to honor veterans.

Nationally, Joe has become a powerful voice for social justice, championing issues like transgender rights, marriage equality, pay equity and comprehensive immigration reform. A former prosecutor and legal aid volunteer, he has also helped highlight the importance of our civil justice system, establishing the first ever Congressional Access to Legal Services Caucus.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Joe served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Assistant District Attorney in both the Middlesex County and Cape and Island's District Attorneys' Offices. Before that he served as a member of the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic where he designed and implemented an economic development project near Puerto Plata. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Joe is fluent in Spanish and holds a bachelor's degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University as well as a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He lives with his wife, Lauren, a health policy expert, their daughter, Eleanor, their son, James, and their dog, Banjo, in Newton, Mass.








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