Born into wealth and a political dynasty, Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy devoted more than a half century to public service. Kennedy's office wrote about 2,500 bills, and more than 300 have become law. More than 550 bills Kennedy has cosponsored since 1973 the first year Senate records showed lists of cosponsors have been enacted. Here's a look at highlights of his career.
Right: On April 21, 2009, Kennedy reacted as President Obama spoke before he signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which aims to increase the ranks of AmeriCorps.
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