Mark Kennedy Biography

Mark Kennedy is an American businessman and a politician. This biography gives us a glimpse of his childhood, early life, career, major works, personal life, legacy, timeline and trivia.

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Birthday: April 11, 1955

Nationality: American

Famous: Business People Political Leaders

Age: 65 Years, 65 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Aries

Also Known As: Mark Raymond Kennedy

Born in: Benson, Minnesota, U.S

Famous as: A former member of the United States House of Representatives

political ideology: Republican Party


Spouse/Ex-: Debbie Kennedy

U.S. State: Minnesota

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education: Pequot Lakes High School, St. John's University, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, ,

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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.

Childhood & Early Life
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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.
  • 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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