Kennedy, a Democrat from Brookline, Mass., represents Wheaton’s legislative district. Kennedy also has a special connection to the college—his mother, Sheila Rauch Kennedy ’71, is a Wheaton alumna and has taught political science as an adjunct professor.
Several Wheaton students have also worked with Kennedy, including Zachary Agush ’12, who helped with his congressional campaign, and Sara Maliki ’15, who interned in Kennedy’s office. In addition, Wheaton alum Lisa Nelson ’76 serves as Kennedy’s senior district representative in Attleboro.
During his visit on December 4, Kennedy met with current students who had recently attended a special event at MassChallenge, the Boston-based startup accelerator. He also met with President Dennis Hanno and had lunch in the newly renovated Chase Dining Hall.