BOSTON (AP) – There will be a Kennedy in Congress again as Democrat Joseph Kennedy III has beaten Republican businessman Sean Bielat (BEE’-lat) in the race to replace retiring Democrat Barney Frank.
The 32-year-old Kennedy is the first of his generation in his famous political family to seek elected office.
The Brookline resident is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and son of Joseph P. Kennedy II, who represented the state’s 8th Congressional District. He graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School. He served in the Peace Corps and worked as a prosecutor.
In 2006 he and his twin brother managed the final U.S. Senate campaign of their great-uncle Edward Kennedy, who died in 2009.
Kennedy will represent the 4th District, extending from the Boston suburbs of Newton and Brookline to part of Fall River in the south.