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Kennedy Bio

Victoria Reggie Kennedy

Victoria Reggie Kennedy is the founding President of Common Sense about Kids and Guns, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to reduce gun deaths and injuries to children in the United States. She is an attorney and advocate for issues that affect the lives of women, children and families, such as homelessness, economic opportunity, health care, education, domestic violence, and involvement in the political process.

Vicki practiced law in the private sector for seventeen years, with special emphasis on the federal and state regulation of domestic commercial banks and savings and loan institutions. Her practice also involved the negotiation of complex loan restructurings and the giving of general corporate and strategic planning advice.

She is the co-founder and a trustee of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia.

President Obama has recently appointed Vicki to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and she is also a Member of the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She is on the Boards of Catholic Democrats of Massachusetts and the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.

In 1994, 2000, and 2006, Vicki played an active role in the re-election campaigns of her late husband, Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA). In connection with the 1994 campaign, she created a Massachusetts Women's Council which served as a model for other campaigns around the country, and she remains active in her support of candidates in Massachusetts and around the country. She served a co-chair of Catholics for Obama-Biden during the 2008 Presidential Campaign.

Vicki speaks and writes about issues that impact the lives of families as well as the political process such as her articles on health care, "The Moment Ted Kennedy would not want us to lose," Washington Post, Sunday, December 20, 2009, and the politicization of religion, "The Altar is Not a Battlefield," Washington Post, Sunday, May 23, 2004.

From 1997-2007, she was a Trustee of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, in Washington, DC. She is a past member of the Board of Stop Handgun Violence in Boston, Massachusetts and of the Advisory Committee of the Annual Day of National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence. She is also past member and officer of the Board of Trustees of the Maret School in Washington, DC.

Vicki has been a lecturer at the American University Washington Semester Program, highlighting the public policy issues surrounding gun violence prevention and encouraging college students to become involved on their communities. She has also participated in the First Monday Program sponsored by the Alliance for Justice and speaks and writes on the issue of gun violence prevention.

She received a BA, magna cum laude, from Newcomb College in 1976 where she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa and several other honor societies. She received and a JD, summa cum laude, from the Tulane Law School in 1979 where she was also an editor of the Tulane Law review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. From 1979-80, prior to entering private practice, she served as a law clerk for Judge Robert A. Sprecher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago. In 1998, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Suffolk University Law School.

Senator and Mrs. Kennedy's family includes five children, four grandchildren and three Portuguese water dogs.

For non-Common Sense related requests, you can contact Vicki through the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

updated April 2010

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