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A year in, Rep. Kennedy charts his own course

Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III has taken a distinctly more deliberate path in his first term than his father did.
Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III has taken a distinctly more deliberate path in his first term than his father did. Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe

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WASHINGTON — As Joseph P. Kennedy III marks a year since his arrival on Capitol Hill, he is in many regards still finding his way, figuring out what he hopes his own legacy will be.

He is not just walking amidst the entire sweep of the Kennedy history. He has most directly followed his father, former Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II, who at this one-year point in his political career lashed out at the slow pace of the House and lamented how little time he had for his twin sons.

The newest Kennedy in public life mocks his own lack of experience; casts himself as just another freshman Democrat, lower profile than most; and defers to colleagues from both parties. But don’t mistake that for lack of ambition.

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