Joe Kennedy III to endorse Elizabeth Warren at presidential announcement

Representative Joe Kennedy (left) and Senator Elizabeth Warren. –AP and Bloomberg photos

Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III, heir to that famous Democratic dynasty, plans to endorse Elizabeth Warren’s bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination at her announcement Saturday, according to people familiar with the event.

Kennedy will announce his support for Warren in a speech introducing her Saturday, they said. He is expected to focus heavily on economic issues and detail Warren’s efforts in that space, arguing that her record sets her apart.

It’s a high-profile endorsement for Warren at a time when the vast majority of big name Democrats are hanging back and waiting to see how the ever-expanding field shakes out. Kennedy will be one of the first sitting members of Congress to formally back any of the declared 2020 candidates. California Representatives Ted Lieu, Katie Hill, and Nanette Barragán have all endorsed California Senator Kamala Harris, who officially announced her candidacy last month.