Rhode Island Democratic Representative Patrick Kennedy has announced he will not seek re-election in 2011.
The Associated Press reports that Kennedy, 42, said his life is "taking a new direction," and he will not seek a ninth term. Kennedy did not give more specifics, but said it had been a difficult few years with the death of his father, Ted Kennedy, last summer.
"Illness took the life of my most cherished mentor and confidante, my ultimate source of spirit and strength," Kennedy said in remarks that will air on Rhode Island television stations Sunday. "From the countless lives he lifted, to the American promise he helped shape, my father taught me that politics at its very core was about serving others."