Engaged: Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy to Amy Petitgout, an Absecon, N.J. school teacher he’s been quietly dating just over a year. Ted Kennedy’s never-married youngest son, 43, spent eight terms on all those DC.’s-most-eligible lists only to settle on Ms. Right after stepping down from Congress; she’s 32 and has a 3-year-old daughter, Harper, by a previous marriage. They met when he went to New Jersey at the behest of Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J) to speak at an event about the Special Olympics (founded by his aunt Eunice Shriver); since then, he’s been splitting time between D.C., N.J., and his home district in Rhode Island; he recently bought a house in Jersey, his former chief of staff Sean Richardson told us. Since leaving office in January, Kennedy has been working on a memoir and starting a new organization that aims to coordinate efforts in mental-health research — a longtime focus for him, after battles with depression and addiction. He popped the question Saturday in Rhode Island; no wedding date set yet.
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