WASHINGTON (AP) - Joseph Kennedy III is taking the first steps
toward a run for retiring Rep. Barney Frank's seat in
The 31-year-old Kennedy said Thursday he is forming an
exploratory committee and is resigning his prosecutor's job in
Middlesex County outside Boston. He is the son of former Rep.
Joseph P. Kennedy II and a grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy.
The Kennedy family has seen its influence in Washington fade in
recent years as its younger generations have largely shunned public
The death of Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts in 2009 left a
void for the family. The retirement of Rep. Patrick Kennedy of
Rhode Island last year marked the first time in 63 years that there
was not a Kennedy serving in elected office in Washington.
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