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We Hope For the Best: Congressman edges "Kennedy" name back into politics

Joe Kennedy III was raised among political royalty, but he's just another freshman congressman on Capitol Hill six weeks after taking office.

He gets lost in the maze of underground tunnels, struggles to locate bathrooms and is just beginning to make friends. So far at least, the 32-year-old Massachusetts Democrat is living in relative obscurity as he eases the Kennedy brand back into national politics.

He is the only member of the storied political family serving in federal office.

Kennedy is the grandson of former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. President John F. Kennedy is his great-uncle. Both were assassinated more than a decade before he was born.

Joe Kennedy says he's working to earn the respect of his colleagues on his own.