On the eve of the 40th anniversary of his uncle Robert F. Kennedy's famous City Club speech the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Congressman Patrick Kennedy will speak about our political leaders' need to return to progressive ideals in order to unify our nation and create a renewed sense of community.
Kennedy sits on the House Appropriations Committee, which has authority over all of the federal government's discretionary spending. As part of his Appropriations duties, he sits on the Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; Commerce, Justice, State, and Judiciary and on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. He is also a member of the Committee on Natural Resources.
Kennedy's legislative priorities include improvement of the nation's mental health, universal health coverage, advocacy for military veterans, public safety, quality education, the environment, and international human rights. He has received numerous awards for his advocacy, including the Society for Neuroscience - Public Service Award, Eli Lilly & Co. 2003 Helping Move Lives Forward Reintegration Awards, American Psychoanalytic Association 2003 President's Award, American Psychiatric Association Alliance award, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance - Paul Wellstone Mental Health Award, and Lymphoma Research Foundation's Paul E. Tsongas Memorial Award.
The youngest of three children of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Joan Bennett Kennedy, Kennedy was elected to the R.I. House of Representatives in 1988 at the age of 21, and then re-elected in 1990 and 1992. He is serving his seventh term in the U.S. Congress.
In partnership with the Department of Psychiatry University Hospitals Case Medical Center.