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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Biography

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., lawyer

Independent (as of Oct. 9, 2023)

Candidacy announced (as Democrat): Apr. 5, 2023

Federal Election Committee (FEC) financial data

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on June 2, 2023 in New York City
Source: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Personal Life

Full Name: Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr. (son of Robert F. Kennedy; nephew of President John F. Kennedy)

Birthdate: Jan. 17, 1954

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Marital Status: married to Cheryl Hines, actress


  • Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy III, writer, filmmaker, and actor
  • Kathleen Alexandra ‘Kick’ Kennedy, actor, writer, philanthropist, and activist
  • Conor Richardson Kennedy, activist
  • Kyra LeMoyne Kennedy, model
  • William Finbar “Finn” Kennedy
  • Aidan Caohman Vieques Kennedy, student

Religion: Catholic

Pets: none found

Career, Education, & Publications

Career Highlights:

  • Environmental law specialist and Partner, Morgan & Morgan, 2016-present
  • Partner, Kennedy & Madonna, LLP, 2000-present
  • Founder and Chair, Children’s Health Defense (formerly World Mercury Project), 2011-present
  • Founder and President, Waterkeeper Alliance, June 1999-2020
  • Co-Founder, Keeper Springs, 1998-2013
  • Founder, Supervising Attorney, and Co-Director, Environmental Litigation Clinic, Pace University School of Law, 1987-2017
  • Senior Attorney, Riverkeeper, 1985
  • Investigator, Riverkeeper, 1984
  • Volunteer, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan, 1983


Select Publications:

  • With John Leake and Peter A. McCullough, The Courage to Face COVID-19: Preventing Hospitalization and Death while Battling the Bio–Pharmaceutical Complex, 2022
  • A Letter to Liberals: Censorship and COVID: An Attack on Science and American Ideals, 2022
  • The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health, 2021
  • With Dick Russell, Climate in Crisis: Who’s Causing It, Who’s Fighting It, and How We Can Reverse It before It’s Too Late, 2020
  • American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family, 2018
  • Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent over a Decade in Prison for a Murder He Didn’t Commit, 2016
  • Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak: The Evidence Supporting the Immediate Removal of Mercury–a Known Neurotoxin–from Vaccines, 2014
  • Robert Smalls: The Boat Thief, 2008
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s American Heroes: The Story of Joshua Chamberlain and the American Civil War, 2007
  • Crimes against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Highjacking Our Democracy, 2005
  • St. Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy, 2004
  • With John Cronin, The Riverkeepers: Two Activists Fight to Reclaim Our Environment as a Basic Human Right, 1997
  • Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr.: A Biography, 1978

Internet & Social Media Presence

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  • On Feb. 10, 2021, Instagram “permanently removed” Kennedy’s account for anti-vaccine views: “We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines.”
  • On June 4, 2023, Instagram reinstated Kennedy’s account, stating: “As he is now an active candidate for president of the United States, we have restored access to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s, Instagram account.”


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