BOSTON – Thursday, December 18, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today swore in Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III for a second term as the Honorary Co-Chair of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advisory Council. Together with the Council’s Co-Chair Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, Chairman, President and CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, this leadership model will continue to enhance STEM related efforts in the Commonwealth.
“Moving forward on the Commonwealth’s comprehensive STEM agenda requires leadership and a collaborative spirit," said Governor Patrick. “Congressman Kennedy, an engineer by training and a passionate advocate for STEM, manufacturing and middle skills knows the importance of investing in these areas, and I’m confident that the initiative will continue to find success with him in a leadership role.”
Congressman Kennedy serves the Fourth District of Massachusetts in Congress and was recently appointed to the influential House Committee on Energy & Commerce. An engineer by training, he is a member of the Congressional STEM Caucus.
“Thanks to the leadership of the Patrick Administration, Massachusetts has become the gold standard on STEM education and workforce development,” said Congressman Kennedy. “The attention paid and investments made in STEM across our Commonwealth continue to power not just economic growth but economic opportunity. I look forward to working with Dr. Leiden, the entire STEM Council and the new administration to engage, improve and expand our efforts in every corner of the state.”