Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Democrat's Answer To The State Of The Union Address, Annotated

Democrat's Answer To The State Of The Union Address, Annotated

The choice was a symbolic one for Kennedy. "The 1,400 students of Diman embody that same spirit".

Three Democrats so far have been tapped to respond to President Donald Trump's annual State of the Union.

Yes, he's one of those Kennedys.


Last year, Kennedy, who's now serving his third term in the House, garnered national attention during the health care debate when he delivered an emotional speech that went viral. His grandfather was Senator Robert Kennedy, and his great uncles include JFK and longtime Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, she thanked Kennedy for "this fantastic experience". He also served with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republican from 2004 and 2006.

Joe Kennedy III with his mother Sheila, father Joseph Kennedy II, and twin brother Matthew.

Sen. Dick Durbin, of IL, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat and a key immigration negotiator, said "One part of the speech he's exalting faith and family and then when it comes to the families of those who immigrated to this country he takes exactly the opposite approach".

Kennedy is the chairperson of Congress's Transgender Equality Task Force, and he helped get the military to pay for her surgery.

"Look, my family means different things to different folks". "You bravely say, me too".

He was first elected in 2012.


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The Massachusetts representative went on to paint a picture of what America could be under Democratic leadership, a nation that protects global trade pacts, illegal immigrants and hits CEOs for making more money than most Americans. In November of that year, he beat Republican Sean Bielat in the general election.

He added that the U.S.

He serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and has advocated for LGBTQ rights and immigration reform. He said he does not know why Democratic leaders chose him to give the address but said he is very honored he was picked.

"For them, " Kennedy said of Trump and his administration, "dignity isn't something you're born with, but something you measure - by your net worth, your celebrity, your headlines, your crowd size, not to mention, the gender of your spouse, the country of your birth, the color of your skin, the God of your prayers". After having to handle more than my fair share of these over the years it is one of the worst jobs in politics.

He's married to his law school sweetheart.


Kennedy is married to Lauren Anne Birchfield, a health policy lawyer. They live with their children, Eleanor and James, in Newton, Massachusetts.

Does he have plans for a 2020 presidential run?

Others, meanwhile, think that Kennedy might the be the DNC's future.

"Obviously, he comes to the table with a political pedigree as well as charisma", she said of Kennedy, who is now serving his third term in Congress. "If you want to walk out, don't come in", she said, according to a Democratic aide in the room who was not authorized to speak on the record.

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