NEWTON, Mass. (CNN) -- After a two-year absence, the famed Kennedy family once again has an elected representative in national politics.
CNN projects Joe Kennedy III will service the 4th Congressional district of Massachusetts, after handily defeating Republican opponent Sean Bielat.
The seat became open when Congressman Barney Frank announced he was retiring.
Joe Kennedy is the grandson of the late Senator Robert Kennedy.
His great-uncles are the late President John F. Kennedy and the late Senator Ted Kennedy.
Congressman Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island left office in January 2011, ending his family's 64-year streak of service in the U.S. Congress.