His Career

Master of the Senate

Ted Kennedy may have never reached the White House, but, “As his colleagues almost unanimously conceded, he knew the Senate better than anyone else. It was a club, and he functioned as a kind of membership chairman, bestowing little kindnesses on his colleagues and keeping track of each member's personal interests,” according to an article in The Boston Globe. “He was, by the '90s, well aware of the power of his celebrity, impressing policy advocates and opponents alike by inviting them to his home, and showing junior members of the Senate around his Capitol hideaway office.”