When the 112th Congress convenes next week, it will be the first class of legislators in nearly fifty years that does not include a member of the Kennedy clan. From Jack to Bobby to Ted to Joseph, and finally to Patrick ? who decided against running for reelection this year as representative from Rhode Island ? the Kennedys have been a mainstay in Washington D.C. for decades. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the importance of the Kennedy legacy. It is a chapter in history he says has closed only temporarily, until the next generation of Kennedys rises to power in Washington.

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