Published May 05, 2006
Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., crashed his car into a blockade Thursday night on Capitol Hill and was escorted home by police.
— Kennedy is serving his sixth term in Congress
— He is the representative from the First District of Rhode Island
— He was elected to Congress in 1994 during the GOP sweep, one of only 13 Democrats elected that year
— Kennedy served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
— He is the youngest of three children of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and Joan Bennett Kennedy
— He was elected to the R.I. House of Representatives in 1988 at the age of 21 while a student at Providence College
— Kennedy was re-elected in 1990 and 1992
— He was a leader on gun control issues, sponsoring the Rhode Island's seven-day waiting period for gun purchases.
Source: Patrick Kennedy, House of Representatives Web Site, Congressional Quarterly