Joe Kenney is a lifelong public servant who has always worked to better his community. He is a retired military officer and has served in multiple positions in local and state government. These roles included serving on the board of selectmen in Wakefield, the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1995 until 2003, the New Hampshire State Senate from 2003 - 2009 (District 3), and on the New Hampshire Executive Council from 2014 to the present day. Joe was elected to the Executive Council in a special election in March, 2014 to fill the District 1 Executive Council seat vacated after long-time incumbent Raymond S. Burton died in November, 2013.
Joe grew up in a small business family in Wakefield, NH and continues to live in Wakefield with his wife and two children. At a young age Joe worked as an auction runner at his family's auction barn in Rochester, NH and picked blueberries during the summer at Daily's Blueberry Mountain Farm in Brookfield to help pay for his grammar school clothes. He went on to become a pot-washer, cook and head cook at Pierce Camp Birchmont in Wolfeboro, NH where he worked for nine summers throughout high school and college. He attended Spaulding High School in Rochester and hitch-hiked 20 miles to basketball practice to play on the varsity team during the winter. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire, majoring in History and minoring in Small Business Management. He traveled as a college junior with a program called Semester at Sea, a college accredited program which allowed him to take international college courses aboard the SS Universe while traveling around the world. He was a Division I NCAA soccer player.
Joe enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school in 1980 and retired in 2017. In February 1989 he was pulled from Officer's Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia and honored by President George H. W. Bush at the White House for his work as an enlisted Marine stationed in Washington, DC for collecting over a hundred thousand toys for needy kids in the metropolitan area. On January 2, 2010 he was recognized by the Boston Celtics at center court with the "Heroes Among Us Award" and subsequently went back to Afghanistan to finish his tour. He is a veteran of three conflicts: the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War and Afghanistan War. He last served as a Marine S-2 Officer with the 25th Marines at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.
He enjoys reading history, the outdoors, traveling, collecting old bottles, and Boston sports.