January 25, 2018


Newton, MA – U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that Congressman Joe Kennedy III will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s joint address to Congress next week.
“From health care to economic justice to civil rights, the Democratic agenda stands in powerful contrast to President Trump's broken promises to American families," said Congressman Kennedy. "Our vision for this union is guided by a simple belief that equality and economic dignity should be afforded to every American. I'm honored to have been chosen by Leader Pelosi and Leader Schumer to deliver our party's response."
“Congressman Kennedy is a relentless fighter for working Americans,” said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  “While President Trump has consistently broken his promises to the middle class, Congressman Kennedy profoundly understands the challenges facing hard-working men and women across the country.  His leadership has been vital in educating a next-generation workforce, in creating good-paying manufacturing jobs and in expanding opportunities for the middle class.”
“Whether it’s the repeated attempts to dismantle our health care system, jamming through tax cuts for the largest corporations and the wealthiest or repealing protections for consumers, women and the most vulnerable Americans, President Trump’s first year has been marred by his broken promises to the middle class,” said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.  “In their responses to the President’s address, Congressman Kennedy and Virginia Delegate Guzman will both do an excellent job in making clear that Democrats are laser-focused on enacting policies to benefit middle class Americans, not special interests or the wealthiest.”
Currently serving his third term, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, 37, has emerged as a powerful voice for social and economic justice.  Joe has championed affordable health care, vocational education, a livable minimum wage and American manufacturing.  As a member of the influential House Energy & Commerce Committee, Joe has been a leader on issues that range from mental health and addiction to medical research and rising energy costs.  His opposition to President Trump’s health care plan garnered national attention, as have his efforts to reform this country’s badly broken mental health system.  In Congress, he is a leading voice for LGBTQ equality, voting rights, civil rights and immigration reform.  Prior to serving in Congress, Joe was an Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts and a member of the Peace Corps in Latin America.  He received his undergraduate degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and his law degree from Harvard.  He is married to Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, a health policy expert.  They live with their children, Eleanor and James, in Newton, Massachusetts.

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For Immediate Release:
January 25, 2018
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