Last updated on: 2/17/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Edward M. Kennedy, LLB Biography

Title:
Former US Senator (D-MA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
Reasoning:

“[Q]uality care shouldn’t depend on your financial resources, or the type of job you have, or the medical condition you face…

This is the cause of my life. It is a key reason that I defied my illness last summer to speak at the Democratic convention in Denver… to make sure, as I said, ‘that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American… will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not just a privilege’… [I]t goes to the heart of my belief in a just society.”

“‘The Cause of My Life’,” Newsweek, July 18, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (D-MA), 1962-Aug. 25, 2009
  • Chairman, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • Member, Armed Services Committee
  • Member, Judiciary Committee
  • Member, Congressional Joint Economic Committee
  • Member, Congressional Friends of Ireland
  • Trustee, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Close Up Foundation
  • President, Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation
  • Member, Board of Directors, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial
  • Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 1961-1962
  • Private First Class, US Army, 1951-1953
  • Recipient, Four Freedoms Medal, 1999
Education:
  • LLB, University of Virginia, 1959
  • Graduated from the Hague Academy of International Law (Netherlands), 1958
  • BA, Harvard University, 1956
Other:
  • Born on Feb. 22, 1932 in Boston, MA
  • Died on Aug. 25, 2009 after living for 15 months with an incurable brain tumor
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?