Joe Kennedy to endorse Warren during campaign announcement

Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Lawmakers press Trump officials to change federal marijuana rules Trump and Pelosi clash over Iran, impeachment MORE III (D-Mass.) is set to endorse Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris weighing Biden endorsement: report Biden, Sanders contend for top place in new national poll Biden leads Democratic primary field nationally: poll MORE (D-Mass.) for president when she formally announces her candidacy on Saturday, according to a person familiar with the plans.

Kennedy will make the announcement in a speech introducing Warren at an event in Lawrence, Mass., where she is expected to officially kick off her campaign for the White House. The planned endorsement was first reported on Friday by The Boston Globe.


A spokesperson for Warren's campaign did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.

Kennedy, a rising star in the Democratic Party, will be among Warren's first high-profile endorsers. 

While most lawmakers have so far withheld their endorsements in the nascent 2020 Democratic presidential primary, a handful of politicians have offered candidates their support. 

Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezMedia's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle Dem senators say Iran threat to embassies not mentioned in intelligence briefing Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers MORE (D-N.J.) endorsed Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two Patrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' Booker ahead of Trump impeachment trial: 'History has its eyes on us' MORE (D-N.J.) last week after he threw his name into the primary contest.

And Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris weighing Biden endorsement: report California Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat Steyer spokesperson: 'I don't think necessarily that Tom has bought anything' MORE (D-Calif.), who announced her candidacy last month, has already secured endorsements from California lawmakers, including Reps. Ted LieuTed W. LieuDemocratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' Democratic lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism Paralysis of nations is empowering cities MORE (D) and Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillCalifornia Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat Cenk Uygur updates on Congressional campaign, how I will call out corporate politicians in Washington GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts MORE (D). 

Kennedy's endorsement could give Warren a boost as she seeks to move beyond the controversy surrounding her past claims of Native American ancestry. 

Criticism of those claims was renewed this week after The Washington Post published a copy of Warren's 1986 registration card for the State Bar of Texas in which she identifies herself as "American Indian."

Updated at 1:38 p.m.