Meet Victoria Reggie Kennedy, wife of Senator Edward ‘Ted’ Kennedy. Read her biography and see photos and a video of her below.
Victoria Reggie Kennedy is Ted Kennedy’s wife. She was with her husband when he was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston this morning with symptoms of a stroke and/or seizures. News about his condition is still breaking and early reports are still unclear about his condition and prognosis. Meanwhile, his wife has stayed by his side at the hospital.
As is evidenced by the photos included in this post, Victoria Reggie Kennedy has often been by her husband’s side and is often behind him, supporting him in his career and endeavors. That’s not to say that is all she does. She has had a successful career as an attorney, regularly speaks on issues that are important to her, has founded non-profit organizations having to do with gun-control and children and serves on a number of boards.
UPDATE 5.20.2008: Senator Ted Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor (malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe). Its been determined that the tumor precipitated the seizures Kennedy experienced over the weekend. His wife, Vickie, has been at his side throughout his hospitalization.
He is being treated in the intensive care unit and there are leaks that he may be in more dire condition than is being reported in the news.
Victoria Reggie Kennedy Biography
Victoria Anne Reggie was born on February 26, 1954 in Crowley, Louisiana. She is the daughter of Crowley, Louisiana City Judge Edmund Reggie. Reggie married Ted Kennedy in a small, private ceremony in Kennedy’s home in McLean, Virginia on July 3, 1992. At the time she was the divorced mother of two children.
Victoria Reggie Kennedy received her undergraduate degree from Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans. She graduated with a B.A. degree, magna cum laude. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and other honor societies and served on the student government. She graduated summa cum laude from Tulane Law School in 1979. While in law school she was the editor of the Tulane Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. She received an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Suffolk University of Law School in Boston for her service to the community in May 1998.
Mrs. Kennedy is the President and co-founder of Common Sense about Kids and Guns which is a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on raising awareness of and addressing issues related to gun deaths and injuries to children in the United States. Their primary focus is gun safety and the dangers of children having unsupervised access to guns. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, has served on the Board of Stop Handgun Violence in Boston and has served as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Annual Day of National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence. She is a regular lecturer at the American University Washington Semester Program. She speaks on public policy issues related to gun violence prevention and encouraging college students to engage in their communities.
Other issues that she is interested in include issues related to women, children, families, homelessness, economic opportunity, health care, education, domestic violence and involvement in the political process.
Both Senator and Mrs. Kennedy had been previous married. Their blended family includes five children and four grandchildren.
Victoria Reggie Kennedy – Video