An education leader and advocate
Amy Kennedy is an experienced education leader and advocate running for Congress to fight for New Jersey working families. Amy was born in Atlantic City and grew up in Pleasantville and Absecon, New Jersey as the daughter of two public school teachers. An educator by training, Amy has more than a decade of experience working in public schools in New Jersey. She serves as the education director of The Kennedy Forum where she pursues partnerships and collaborations that emphasize evidence-based research and programming to facilitate policy change in the areas of education and mental health. Amy and her husband, former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, live in South Jersey with their five children. She serves on several boards, including Mental Health America, a leading national advocacy organization, and Parity.org, which promotes gender parity at the highest levels of business. When elected, Amy will bring new leadership to New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District.
A champion for South Jersey working families
“The COVID-19 pandemic is solidifying the fact that we have two South Jerseys: one that is wealthy and will continue to have jobs and health care throughout this crisis, and another that is struggling to provide for their families, make a living wage and might never recover,” Amy has said. “As we begin to re-open society and move toward whatever our new ‘normal’ will become, we cannot afford another recovery that leaves some people behind and only benefits others.” When elected, Amy will fight tirelessly to expand economic opportunity for all South Jersey families. Amy believes that health care is a human right, and expanding access to quality, affordable care will be her top priority in Congress. As a former teacher and an education advocate, Amy is dedicated to strengthening public schools and increasing access to higher education for all students. At a time when American schools are in crisis, Amy is prepared to fight our students, educators, and support professionals in Congress.
An opportunity to flip a seat from red to blue
Amy is challenging Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew, who switched parties in late 2019 after voting against impeachment. Van Drew has pledged his “undying support” for Trump, signed on to a petition to move anti-choice legislation forward, and voted against marriage equality as a state senator. Van Drew’s deep-pocketed allies will do everything they can to keep this seat red, but Amy has what it takes to hold him accountable for his record of failure. Let’s show Amy the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help elect this champion for South Jersey working families to Congress.