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Kennedy family expands

Congressman Joseph Kennedy III.
Congressman Joseph Kennedy III. (Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Best Buddies)

And baby makes three.

US Representative Joe Kennedy III and his wife, Lauren, 30, are expecting a baby in late December, the congressman announced Wednesday via Facebook. This is the first child for the couple, who met at Harvard Law School and married in December 2012.

Since they will be having a girl, Joe Kennedy IV probably is not in the running for baby names. But you never know!

“We are so appreciative of all the support and well wishes we’ve received so far and can’t wait to introduce her to Team Kennedy around the holidays,” the 34-year-old second-term legislator wrote in a post that included a picture of red-white-and-blue baby shoes.

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Kennedy represents Massachusetts’ Fourth Congressional District and is part of the state’s most storied political families. He is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and son of former US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II.

But the birth announcement isn’t necessarily referencing that Team Kennedy, mentioning instead the couple’s furbaby, Banjo, a rescue dog from Tennessee.

“Only Banjo is slightly suspicious of the whole thing because he can’t quite picture a home (or congressional office) where a dog isn’t the complete center of attention,” Kennedy wrote. “But we have a feeling he’ll come around. Thank you all for being by our side these past few years; here’s to a brand new adventure!”


Akilah Johnson can be reached at ajohnson@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @akjohnson1922.