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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend (born July 4, 1951) was lieutenant governor of the U.S. state of Maryland from 1995 to 2003. She ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Maryland in 2002. The eldest of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel's 11 children, she is part of the Kennedy political family. She was named for her aunt Kathleen Agnes Kennedy, Marchioness of Hartington, who died in a plane crash in 1948. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Current Lt. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N  - Longitude 75° 03′ W to 79° 29... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Thomas Johnson, the first Governor of Maryland after independence. ... Robert Francis Bobby Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also called RFK, was one of two younger brothers of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and served as United States Attorney General from 1961 to 1964. ... Ethel Skakel Kennedy (born April 11, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois) is a member of the Kennedy political family by her marriage to Robert F. Kennedy. ... John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy The Kennedy family is a prominent family in American politics and government descending from the marriage of Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. ... Kathleen, Marchioness of Hartington (Kathleen Agnes Cavendish, née Kennedy) (February 20, 1920 – May 13, 1948), was the second daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. ... The Dukes of Devonshire are members of the aristocratic Cavendish family in the United Kingdom. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Early life and career

Townsend was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and spent most of her childhood in McLean, Virginia, though she attended Stone Ridge School in nearby Bethesda, Maryland. Her Godfather was Senator Joe McCarthy. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University, receiving her bachelor's degree in history and literature. She then studied at the University of New Mexico law school, receiving her Juris Doctor degree in 1978. For several years, she worked as an attorney. Location in Connecticut Coordinates: , NECTA Region Settled 1640 Joined Connecticut 1656 Government  - Type Representative town meeting  - First selectman James A. Lash  - Town administrator Edward Gomeau  - Town meeting moderator Thomas J. Byrne Area  - City 174. ... Boundaries of the McLean CDP as of 2003. ... Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic, independent school for girls located in Bethesda, Maryland, offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum within a dynamic and diverse community. ... Bethesda is an urbanized, but unincorporated, area in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. It takes its name from a church located there, the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, built in 1820 and rebuilt in 1850, which in turn took its name from Jerusalems Pool of Bethesda. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a public university in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ... // A law school is an institution where future lawyers obtain legal degrees. ... Doctor of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, or Juris Doctor (abbreviated J.D. or JD, from the Latin, Teacher of Law) is a professional degree in law offered by universities in a number of countries. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... An attorney is someone who represents someone else in the transaction of business: For attorney-at-law, see lawyer, solicitor, barrister or civil law notary. ...


In 1986, Townsend ran for Congress in Maryland's second Congressional district, losing to Helen Delich Bentley 41% to 59%, thus becoming the first Kennedy to lose a general election. She then went to work for the state government of Maryland, holding numerous government posts including assistant Attorney General. She also served on the State Board of Education, and as a presidential elector in 1992. Following this, she worked for two years in the Clinton administration, as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General. Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley, R-Maryland, in an undated photo Helen Delich Bentley was born on November 28, 1923. ... The Great Seal of Maryland The Flag of Maryland The Government of Maryland is conducted according to the Maryland Constitution. ... In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions. ... A board of education or a school board or school committee is the title of the board of directors of a school, local school district or higher administrative level. ... The United States Electoral College is the electoral college that chooses the President and Vice President of the United States at the conclusion of each Presidential election. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ...


Townsend married David Lee Townsend, a college professor, and together they have had four children.


Lieutenant Governor of Maryland

In 1994, Parris Glendening was running for Governor in a highly contested primary against Lt. Governor Melvin A. Steinberg. Glendening's selection of Townsend to serve as his running mate was widely credited for giving his campaign national support, and Kennedy money, ultimately for winning the Democratic primary. In the General election, Glendening and Townsend beat Republican candidate Ellen Sauerbrey in one of Maryland's closest and most controversial gubernatorial elections. The election was in doubt as charges of voter fraud led to a lawsuit by the Sauerbrey campaign to overturn the election, which was ultimately unsuccessful. The same tickets squared off again in 1998, but this time Glendening and Townsend won with a wider margin of victory. PARRIS N. GLENDENING Governor (Democrat), 1995-2003 Governor of Maryland, January 18, 1995 to January 15, 2003. ... Melvin Steinberg Melvin A. Steinberg (October 4, 1933–) was the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland from 1987 to 1995 under governor William Donald Schaefer. ... Ellen Sauerbrey (born September 9, 1937, in Baltimore) is a Maryland politician and the head of the United States Department of States Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. ... For other uses, see Governor (disambiguation). ...


2002 Maryland Gubernatorial election

In the Maryland gubernatorial election of 2002, Lt. Gov. Townsend ran as a Democrat, facing off against Republican Bob Ehrlich and Libertarian Spear Lancaster. Winners in bold, incumbents denoted by stars. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The neutrality of this article is disputed. ... The Libertarian Party is an American political party founded on Dec. ... Spear Lancaster was a Libertarian candidate for governor of Maryland in 2002; he received . ...


During the election, Townsend was criticized for her choice of running mate; she picked retired Admiral Charles R. Larson, a novice politician who had switched parties only a few weeks before. Larson was also a white male, unlikely to help minority turnout. In contrast, Ehrlich's running mate was Michael S. Steele, an African-American lawyer who had been chairman of the Republican Party of Maryland. The Townsend campaign was also hurt by the low approval ratings of outgoing Governor Parris Glendening, who also had been involved in a marital scandal during the latter half of his second term as governor. Townsend's popularity continued to fall when it was reported that much of her campaign money was given by out-of-state donors; Ehrlich remained quiet while the Lt. Governor's poll numbers declined. For other uses, see Admiral (disambiguation). ... Admiral Charles Larson, 1988 Charles R. Larson is a retired four-star Admiral of the United States Navy. ... Michael S. Steele (born October 19, 1958) is a former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, having been elected on the same ticket as Governor Robert L. Ehrlich in 2002. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... PARRIS N. GLENDENING Governor (Democrat), 1995-2003 Governor of Maryland, January 18, 1995 to January 15, 2003. ...


Even though Maryland traditionally votes Democratic and had not elected a Republican Governor in almost 40 years, Townsend lost the race, gaining 48% of the vote to Ehrlich's 51% and Lancaster's 1%. Ehrlich became only the seventh Republican governor in state history, resulting in heavy criticism directed at Townsend from many party activists. In the end, most observers agreed she ran a weak campaign; specifically, they cited a lack of planning, claiming that she hastily booked campaign stops in rural areas hostile to her and that she produced campaign literature of poor printing quality.


Life after politics

Since leaving office, Townsend has served on the board of directors for many organizations, and consultant to several corporations. Currently she is chair of the Institute for Human Virology at the University of Maryland, and also serves on the boards of directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Points of Light Foundation, Center for American Progress, and National Catholic Reporter. She is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue, as well as adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's School of Public Policy and Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Formed in 1985, the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI) is part of the University System of Maryland. ... The John F Kennedy Library The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library is the presidential library and museum of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. ... The Center for American Progress is a progressive American political policy research and advocacy organization. ... The National Catholic Reporter (NCR) is an independent weekly newspaper published since 1964 by laypeople, nuns and priests of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. ... The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a think tank which describes itself as dedicated to increasing Americas understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. ... John F. Kennedy School of Government The John F. Kennedy School of Government is a public policy school and one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. ...


Election history

Year Office Candidate Party Votes Pct Candidate Party Votes Pct Candidate Party Votes Pct
2002 Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Democrat 813,422 47.68% Robert Ehrlich Republican 879,592 51.55% Spear Lancaster Libertarian 11,546 0.68%


1998 Maryland Gubernatorial Election (Lieutenant Governor's seat) Also see: 2002 (number). ... Thomas Johnson, the first Governor of Maryland after independence. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... For the entrepreneur and businessman, see Robert Ehrlich. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Spear Lancaster was a Libertarian candidate for governor of Maryland in 2002; he received . ... The Libertarian Party is an American political party founded on Dec. ...

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D) (inc.) 55.17%
Richard D. Bennett (R) 44.83%


1994 Maryland Gubernatorial Election (Lieutenant Governor's seat)

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D) 50.21%
Paul Rappaport (R) 49.79%

Bibliography

  • Failing America's Faithful: How Today's Churches Are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way, Warner Books, 2007 (ISBN 0446577154)

References

  • Official state government biography
  • Congressional Quarterly Voting and Elections Collection

External links

Political offices
Preceded by
Melvin A. Steinberg
Lt. Governor of Maryland
1995—2003
Succeeded by
Michael S. Steele

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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (653 words)
Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend (born July 4, 1951) was lieutenant governor of the U.S. state of Maryland from 1995 to 2003.
Townsend was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and spent most of her childhood in McLean, Virginia, though she attended school in nearby Montgomery County, Maryland.
The Townsend campaign was also hurt by the unpopularity of Governor Parris Glendening, who had implemented a partisan racial redistricting proposal that was overturned by Maryland's highest court and who had been involved in a marital scandal during the latter half of his second term as governor.
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