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  •  Senate record for Kennedy (0+ / 0-)

    I hope the Senate record Kennedy winds up with is passing Thurmond's: 100 years old!
    That would make him Senator until 2032!
    How about that?

    •  And to think... (0+ / 0-)

      A Kennedy family friend had to be appointed to the Senate vacancy that was created in 1961 when his older brother John became President... Ted was over a year too young at the time to meet the Constitutional requirement of 30 years of age!

      Since there was nearly four years left in John F. Kennedy's Senate term (he had been re-elected in 1958), there was an election for the final two years of the term in 1962.  Ted Kennedy, having turned 30 on February 22 of that year (Senator Kennedy was born on the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth), ran for the final two years of his brother's unexpired term.  He won that election, allowing him to take office immediately afterwards, instead of having to wait for the January start of Congress.  Because of that, Ted Kennedy, rather than Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, is second in Senate seniority to Robert Byrd.

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