Edward Kennedy | Kara Kennedy | President Obama Honored | Presidential Medal of Freedom | Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor
Kara Kennedy on behalf of her father Edward Kennedy .
Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy born on February 22, 1932 is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. In office since November 1962, Kennedy is currently in his eighth full (and ninth overall) term in the Senate.
He is brother of Former President John Kennedy .
Kennedy was born in Boston and raised in Massachusetts, New York, Florida, and England. He was educated at Harvard College, where he was expelled for cheating on an exam but later readmitted, and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Kennedy is the Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Due to his long history of public service he became known as “The Lion of the Senate”.
Kennedy has played a major role in passing many pieces of legislation that have affected the lives of all Americans, including the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the National Cancer Act of 1971, the Federal Election Campaign Act Amendments of 1974, the COBRA Act of 1985, the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Ryan White AIDS Care Act in 1990, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, the Mental Health Parity Act in 1996 and 2008, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997, the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002, and the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009. During the 2000s, he was a leader of several failed efforts at immigration reform. Over the course of decades, Kennedy’s major legislative goal has been enactment of universal health care, which he continues to work toward during the Obama administration. Since May 2008, Kennedy has been battling a malignant brain tumor, which has greatly limited his appearances in the Senate.
John Kennedy ran for President of the United States, and Ted managed his campaign in the Western states.
On May 17, 2008, Kennedy suffered a seizure, and then another one as he was rushed from the Kennedy Compound to Cape Cod Hospital and then by helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. On May 20, doctors announced that Kennedy had a malignant glioma, a type of cancerous brain tumor.
On January 20, 2009, Kennedy attended Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration in Washington, but then suffered a seizure at the luncheon immediately afterwards. He was taken via wheelchair from the Capitol building and then by ambulance to Washington Hospital Center.
On August 12, 2009, President Obama honored on Wednesday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor to Edward Kennedy,was recived by Kara Kennedy on behalf of her father.