An attorney with nearly two decades of practice in the
private sector, Victoria Reggie Kennedy distinguished herself in a legal career
that emphasized work on the federal and state regulation of domestic financial
Known for her key strategic and political roles on health
and education issues, especially as those issues affect women and children,
Kennedy was actively involved in the passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2010
and continues to speak nationally about the law.
A former member of the Board of Directors of the Brady
Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Kennedy is the founding president of Common
Sense about Kids and Guns, a not-for-profit coalition of gun control advocates,
health professionals, and gun manufacturers who work together to reduce
gun-related deaths and injuries to children in the United States.
She is the wife of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy and is
co-founder and president of the Board of Trustees of the Boston-based Edward M.
Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, which was established to
promote public discourse, encourage political participation, inspire a new
generation of leaders, and educate visitors from around the world about the US
Senate’s role in American government.
Kennedy received a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from
Newcomb College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and several other
honor societies, and received a Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Tulane
University School of Law.
She currently serves as a Distinguished Professor and Mentor at the University of Massachusetts, and on a number of boards, including those of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
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