Joe Kennedy proudly represents the 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts. Currently serving his second term, Joe has dedicated his career to economic and social justice.
At home in Massachusetts, Joe has worked tirelessly to be accessible to the people he represents. During his first two years in Congress he brought open constituent office hours to all 34 cities and towns in 4th District – a commitment he has reiterated for his second term. Down in Washington, his agenda is driven by the families, businesses and communities back home. He has fought for former nuclear workers, tackled rising energy costs, worked with community advocates to combat opiate abuse and partnered with local leaders to promote economic development across the region.
A member of the influential House Energy & Commerce Committee, Joe is deeply committed to encouraging economic growth throughout Massachusetts. His position on the E&C committee gives him critical jurisdiction over the sectors powering our economy, from energy and health care to biotechnology and advanced manufacturing.
Since day one, Joe has fought to not only champion that growth, but to ensure it reaches every corner of the Commonwealth. A staunch advocate for raising the minimum wage, expanding paid sick days and family leave, and supporting small business at the local level, Joe believes that the public and private sectors must work together to build an economy that leaves no one behind.
As honorary chair of the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council in Massachusetts, Joe has put a particular emphasis on the role that education and workforce training play in ensuring economic equity. He has led efforts in Congress to expand STEM education to more effectively reach women, minorities and low-income communities. A tireless advocate for vocational schools and community colleges, Joe has also worked to align our education system with the needs of local businesses and growing industries.
Over the course of his first term, Joe established a strong legislative record, securing passage of the bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing & Innovation Act, a major piece of domestic policy that would stimulate innovation in advanced manufacturing across the country. He has earned a reputation for working across the aisle, obtaining bipartisan support for the majority of his legislative efforts to date.
During his time in Congress, Joe has also emerged as a leading voice for equality and social justice. From fighting for pay equity to defending voting rights and co-sponsoring a full repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Joe is committed to ensuring that no American is discriminated against based on who they are, what they believe, or who they love.
Prior to serving in Congress, Joe was an Assistant District Attorney for the Middlesex County and Cape and Island’s District Attorney’s offices. Joe attended Harvard Law School, where he was active in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, a student managed pro-bono law firm. He served in the Peace Corps from 2004-2006, working on economic development and community reinvestment in the Puerto Plata region of the Dominican Republic.
Joe grew up in Massachusetts and studied Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He was the starting goalie and co-captain of the Stanford Men’s Lacrosse team.
He met his wife, Lauren, a health policy expert, during law school. They live with their rescue dog, Banjo, in Brookline, Massachusetts.