Rep. Joe Kennedy Formally Announces US Senate Campaign

BOSTON (AP) — It’s official: U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III is running for the U.S. Senate.

The Massachusetts Democrat formally announced his campaign Saturday in an email before a kickoff event in East Boston. That’s where the Kennedy clan first settled after arriving from Ireland well over a century ago.

Joe Kennedy is a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, and his great-uncle was President John F. Kennedy.

He is the first member of America’s most famous political dynasty to run for the Senate since his great-uncle Edward M. Kennedy did so in 1962, a year before JFK’s assassination.

The 38-year-old will face 73-year-old incumbent Sen. Edward Markey in next year’s primary.

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