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Mark Kennedy is an American businessman and a politician

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BirthdayApril 11, 1955
NationalityAmerican
Famousa Former Member of the United States House of Representatives, University Of Michigan, Business People, Leaders, Political Leaders
SpousesDebbie Kennedy
Known asMark Raymond Kennedy
Universities
  • University Of Michigan
  • Pequot Lakes High School
  • St. John's University
  • University of Michigan
  • Ross School of Business
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of Michigan
Birth PlaceBenson, Minnesota, U.S
Political IdeologyRepublican Party
ReligionRoman Catholic
GenderMale
Sun SignAries
Born inBenson, Minnesota, U.S
Famous asA former member of the United States House of Representatives

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Who is Mark Kennedy?

Mark Raymond Kennedy is an American businessman and politician. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant and went on to receive his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. His business career prior to the U.S. Congress included working for The Pillsbury Company and the Federated Department Stores, the world's leading department store. He was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives. He represented Minnesota's 2nd congressional district during the 107th Congress and Minnesota's 6th congressional district during the 108th and 109th Congresses. Despite predictions by experts that he wouldn't win, he did it the old-fashioned way: shaking hands, walking in parades, and listening all across Minnesota. He supported the War in Iraq and was a proponent of free trade. He supported the Bush tax cuts, voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and was the deciding vote on the Deficit Reduction Act. He vacated his congressional seat to conduct his unsuccessful campaign to represent Minnesota in the United States Senate. Kennedy is currently the director of the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.

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Childhood & Early Life

Mark Raymond Kennedy was born on April 11, 1955 in Benson, Minnesota, and raised in Murdock and Pequot Lakes. Graduating from Pequot Lakes High School in 1975, he was the first boy in his family to attend college.

He graduated from St. John's University in 1979. He became a Certified Public Accountant and obtained his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business four years later.

He had never lived in a town of more than 1,000 until he joined college. His parents taught him the Minnesota values of hard work, common sense, faith in God, cooperation and a sense of optimism.

Career

Between 1983 and 1987, he worked for the Pillsbury Company, one of the world's largest producers of grain and foodstuffs, assisted their acquisition of Häagen-Dazs and arranged for financing to support their international expansion.

As a senior executive at Federated Department Stores between 1987 and 1992, he helped the company transform to become as Macy's, the world's leading department store and the largest fashion goods retailer.

He was profiled in May 1992's Institutional Investor Magazine, which featured him on its cover as one of “America's top CFOs”. At ShopKo Stores, he was responsible for merchandising, marketing and store management.

In 2000, he became the Republican nominee for the 2nd district and faced the four-term Democrat David Minge. Though he had never run for political office before he defeated Minge narrowly by 155 votes.

He faced Janet Robert, a lawyer and longtime Democratic activist. In one of the most expensive congressional races in Minnesota history, he was reelected with 57% of the vote in 2002.

He was the deciding vote in giving the President Fast track Authority to negotiate international agreements that the Congress can approve or disapprove but cannot amend or filibuster, in 2002.

He voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, a federal law enacted in 2003. It produced the largest overhaul of Medicare in the public health program's 38-year history.

He voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act- any physician who, knowingly performs a partial-birth abortion and thereby kills a human fetus shall be fined or imprisoned.

He voted for the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004- a child in utero was considered a legal victim during the commission of any of the listed federal crimes of violence.

In 2004, he faced Patty Wetterling, a U.S. advocate of children's safety whose son had been abducted and never found and received 54% percent of the popular vote to Wetterling's 46%.

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 saves nearly $40 billion over five years from mandatory spending programs through slowing the growth in spending for Medicare and Medicaid, changing student loan formulas, and other measures.

His reputation as a reformer was further enhanced by his sponsorship of a lifetime ban on all members of Congress becoming lobbyists, full deductibility of medical expenses, Medicare Plan Enrollment Fraud Protection.

In 2006, he decided to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by DFL Senator Mark Dayton. He ran against Democrat Amy Klobuchar, who won receiving 58% of the vote to Kennedy's 38%.

In 2008, he co-founded the Economic Club of Minnesota (ECOM), a nonpartisan platform for national and international leaders in business, government, and public policy to present their ideas on how enhance Minnesota’ competitiveness.

In 2008, he established the Frontiers of Freedom Lecture Series at the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy at St. John’s University with the goal of adding real intellectual diversity to the Center.

In 2010, he formed Chartwell Strategic Advisors LLC for providing strategic advice in addition to public speaking at business conferences, executive education programs and public affairs forums.

In January 2012, Kennedy accepted the position of Director of the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, dedicated to educating principled leaders who help make democracy work.

Major Works

Kennedy's support of the War in Iraq during the 2006 U.S. Senate race was described as "bold and smart". He was hailed by the American media for not ducking the issue.

In 2007, he was appointed to the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation (ACTPN) which considers trade policy issues in the context of overall national interest.

Personal Life & Legacy

Mark Kennedy is happily married to Debbie Miller Kennedy and they are the proud parents of four young adult children. They split their time between Washington, DC and Minnesota.

Trivia

Called by House colleagues as "one of the most effective freshmen we've seen in a long time" and "someone who does his homework," this Congressman quickly made his mark in Congress.

He is a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor and a member of: the Watertown Lion's Club, the Tri-County Toastmasters, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and the Farm Bureau.

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Mark Kennedy biography timelines

  • // 11th Apr 1975
    Mark Raymond Kennedy was born on April 11, 1955 in Benson, Minnesota, and raised in Murdock and Pequot Lakes. Graduating from Pequot Lakes High School in 1975, he was the first boy in his family to attend college.
  • // 1979
    He graduated from St. John's University in 1979. He became a Certified Public Accountant and obtained his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business four years later.
  • // 1983 To 1987
    Between 1983 and 1987, he worked for the Pillsbury Company, one of the world's largest producers of grain and foodstuffs, assisted their acquisition of Häagen-Dazs and arranged for financing to support their international expansion.
  • // 1987 To 1992
    As a senior executive at Federated Department Stores between 1987 and 1992, he helped the company transform to become as Macy's, the world's leading department store and the largest fashion goods retailer.
  • // May 1992
    He was profiled in May 1992's Institutional Investor Magazine, which featured him on its cover as one of “America's top CFOs”. At ShopKo Stores, he was responsible for merchandising, marketing and store management.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he became the Republican nominee for the 2nd district and faced the four-term Democrat David Minge. Though he had never run for political office before he defeated Minge narrowly by 155 votes.
  • // 2002
    He faced Janet Robert, a lawyer and longtime Democratic activist. In one of the most expensive congressional races in Minnesota history, he was reelected with 57% of the vote in 2002.
  • // 2002
    He was the deciding vote in giving the President Fast track Authority to negotiate international agreements that the Congress can approve or disapprove but cannot amend or filibuster, in 2002.
  • // 2003
    He voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, a federal law enacted in 2003. It produced the largest overhaul of Medicare in the public health program's 38-year history.
  • // 2004
    He voted for the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004- a child in utero was considered a legal victim during the commission of any of the listed federal crimes of violence.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, he faced Patty Wetterling, a U.S. advocate of children's safety whose son had been abducted and never found and received 54% percent of the popular vote to Wetterling's 46%.
  • // 2005
    The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 saves nearly $40 billion over five years from mandatory spending programs through slowing the growth in spending for Medicare and Medicaid, changing student loan formulas, and other measures.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, he decided to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by DFL Senator Mark Dayton. He ran against Democrat Amy Klobuchar, who won receiving 58% of the vote to Kennedy's 38%.
  • // 2006
    Kennedy's support of the War in Iraq during the 2006 U.S. Senate race was described as "bold and smart". He was hailed by the American media for not ducking the issue.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, he was appointed to the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation (ACTPN) which considers trade policy issues in the context of overall national interest.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he co-founded the Economic Club of Minnesota (ECOM), a nonpartisan platform for national and international leaders in business, government, and public policy to present their ideas on how enhance Minnesota’ competitiveness.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he established the Frontiers of Freedom Lecture Series at the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy at St. John’s University with the goal of adding real intellectual diversity to the Center.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, he formed Chartwell Strategic Advisors LLC for providing strategic advice in addition to public speaking at business conferences, executive education programs and public affairs forums.
  • // Jan 2012
    In January 2012, Kennedy accepted the position of Director of the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, dedicated to educating principled leaders who help make democracy work.

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Mark Kennedy's FAQ

  • What is Mark Kennedy birthday?

    Mark Kennedy was born at 1955-04-11

  • Where is Mark Kennedy's birth place?

    Mark Kennedy was born in Benson, Minnesota, U.S

  • What is Mark Kennedy nationalities?

    Mark Kennedy's nationalities is American

  • Who is Mark Kennedy spouses?

    Mark Kennedy's spouses is Debbie Kennedy

  • What was Mark Kennedy universities?

    Mark Kennedy studied at University Of Michigan, Pequot Lakes High School, St. John's University, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

  • What was Mark Kennedy notable alumnis?

    Mark Kennedy's notable alumnis is University Of Michigan

  • What is Mark Kennedy's political ideology?

    Mark Kennedy's political ideology is Republican Party

  • What is Mark Kennedy's religion?

    Mark Kennedy's religion is Roman Catholic

  • What is Mark Kennedy's sun sign?

    Mark Kennedy is Aries

  • How famous is Mark Kennedy?

    Mark Kennedy is famouse as A former member of the United States House of Representatives