As one member of a family deep with political roots, Patrick Kennedy served eight terms as a U.S. Congressman for Rhode Island. He is the son of the late Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy. Before becoming a U.S. Representative, Patrick Kennedy became the youngest member of his family to hold elected office when he won election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 1988 at the age of 21.
Patrick has been a longtime advocate for behavioral health issues, having personally dealt with them as well as supported health care reform. He was a sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008, which many in the treatment field consider to be a landmark piece of legislation.
According to a release, Kennedy, “I look forward to sharing my political and personal story in a way that engages everyone involved with the ‘common struggle’ of mental illness and addiction, which affects all of us.”
This is his second attempt at publishing a memoir. No doubt there are a lot of relatable stories regarding struggles with addiction and mental health. There are also plenty of content to share about his storied family and political history.