The senator received a bachelor's in communications from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a certificate in desktop publishing from Forest Park Community College. He is currently employed as a realtor.
Senator Kennedy is a member of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, St. Louis Police Citizens' Academy and the University of Missouri-St. Louis Alumni Association. He is a Missouri representative to the National Council of State Legislators on Economic and Cultural Development Committee.
Senator Kennedy also serves on the Interim Committee on the Regional Control of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and was recently appointed to the Interim Committee on Health Care and the Joint Committee on Terrorism, Bioterrorism and Homeland Security.