Patrick Joseph Kennedy II (born July 14, 1967) is an American politician. He is the former U.S. Representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district, serving from 1995 until 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes all of Bristol County and Newport County, and parts of Providence County. Kennedy did not seek re-election in 2010. He is a member of the Kennedy family and the younger son of the longtime Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy. At the time of his father's 2009 death, he was the last remaining member of the Kennedy family to serve in an elective office in Washington. When he retired in 2011, it was the first time since 1947 that there were no members of the Kennedy family in public office.
On January 3, 2013, Joseph P. Kennedy III returned the family into public office when he assumed the seat previously held by Barney Frank in the US House of Representatives.