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Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III speaks during the201 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Kennedy is seen as a rising star in the party and is a closely watched member of the House Democratic Caucus because of his famous last name and his future ambitions, Politico reported. He is the grandson of Senator Robert Kennedy and the great-nephew of President John F Kennedy, both of whom were assassinated in the 1960s.

'From healthcare to economic justice to civil rights, the Democratic agenda stands in powerful contrast to President Trump's broken promises to American families, ' Kennedy told the Boston Globe.

The 37-year-old three-term congressman will appear on national TV following Trump's speech on January 30 to present the Democratic Party's response, according to The Boston Globe.

'Congressman Kennedy is a relentless fighter for working Americans, ' Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a press release announcing the move. The minority party's response is typically delivered on national television immediately following the president's speech.


After Kennedy ripped Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for calling the death of Obamacare an "act of mercy", Kennedy characterized it as an "act of malice". "Our vision for this union is guided by a simple belief that equality and economic dignity should be afforded to every American".

Democrat Elizabeth Guzman, the first Hispanic female immigrant elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, will follow Kennedy's response with a speech in Spanish.

For President Obama's final response, Nikki Haley - now the United States' ambassador to the UN, - delivered the response.

Before his first 2012 run for Congress, Kennedy worked as a MA prosecutor, served in the Peace Corps - founded by his great-uncle President Kennedy - and worked on the final election campaign of his great-uncle Senator Kennedy, who died in 2009.

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