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 (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was an American politician and lawyer who served as a [[United States Senate|U.S. Senator]] from [[Massachusetts]] for almost 47 years, from 1962 until his death in 2009. A member of the [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic Party]] and the [[Kennedy family|Kennedy political family]], he was the [[List of United States Senators in the 111th Congress by seniority|second most senior]] member of the Senate when he died and is the [[List of members of the United States Congress by longevity of service#Senate time|fourth-longest-continuously-serving senator]] in United States history. Kennedy was the younger brother of President [[John F. Kennedy]] and U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator [[Robert F. Kennedy]], and was the father of [[United States House of Representatives|Congressman]] [[Patrick J. Kennedy]].

After attending Harvard University and receiving his law degree from the University of Virginia, he began his career as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Kennedy was 30 years old when he first entered the Senate following a November 1962 special election in Massachusetts to fill the vacant seat previously held by his brother John, who had taken office as the president. He was elected to a full six-year term in 1964 and was later re-elected seven more times. The Chappaquiddick incident in 1969 resulted in the death of his automobile passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. He pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident and later received a two-month suspended sentence. The incident and its aftermath hindered his chances of ever becoming president. His only attempt, in the 1980 election, resulted in a Democratic primary campaign loss to the incumbent president, Jimmy Carter.Click here to see the full biography
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