SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — Former Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III is President Joe Biden’s official pick as the U.S. envoy to Northern Ireland, CBS News reported Saturday.
Kennedy will “handle the economic portion of the role” and is expected to steer clear of the country’s political tensions surrounding the Irish border and Brexit, according to CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan.
12 News first reported Wednesday that Kennedy was a leading contender for the job.
Kennedy, 42, represented parts of Bristol County in the U.S. House from 2013 until 2020 when he mounted an unsuccessful Democratic primary challenge against incumbent U.S. Sen. Ed Markey. His family has been involved in U.S.-Irish affairs for decades.