Rep. Patrick Kennedy Says No to Re-election

The Kennedy era in the U.S. Congress will end in November after the family’s last representative decided to call it quits. Reports said Democratic Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy will officially announce within the day that he will step down after his term ends in November. Kennedy has served Congress since 1994.

Like his father, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, the 42-year-old congressman has had his share of controversies in his eight terms as representative. In 2006, he admitted to having dependence on prescription drugs and sought help after figuring in a car accident. He also admitted to having cocaine addiction during his teens. However, despite all those controversies, strong support from the people of Rhode Island’s first congressional district has allowed him to stay in Congress.

Kennedy’s decision is expected to have a significant impact on the Democrats’ bid to maintain control of Congress. Earlier this month, Republican Scott Brown won the seat vacated by Ted Kennedy in a special election, giving a big blow to President Barack Obama‘s administration.