Kennedy's exit from Congress leaves a family void - Politics - Capitol Hill - msnbc.com By ANDREW MIGA The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Kennedys have held congressional seats, the presidency and the public's imagination for more than 60 years. That era ends when Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island vacates his U.S. House seat next month, leaving a city council post in California as Camelot's sole remaining political holding. The son of the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy said he has no qualms about walking away from politics. His departure marks the first time in 63 years there won't be a Kennedy serving in elected office in Washington. See, told you there was a God.