Timeline: Edward M. Kennedy

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Kennedy's Life and Career
First elected to the Senate in 1962 to complete the term of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) rose to become the second most senior member of the chamber. Often called a lion of the Senate, Kennedy is hailed for his abilities to work across party lines and to rally support for critical legislation. Asked about his greatest legislative pursuits, Kennedy called his dedication to health-care reform, "the cause of my life."

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