(CNN) – For the first time in nearly six decades, it seems likely a Kennedy won't be either representing Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate, or seeking the office. But one member of the legendary political family is already laying plans to reclaim the seat.
He doesn't reside in the state – and won't be constitutionally eligible to run for the office for another 19 years – but on Friday, Sen. Ted Kennedy's 11-year-old grandson announced his candidacy for Senate in 2044.
"I plan to become the senator of Massachusetts when I turn 45," Edward Kennedy III confidently told New England Cable News.
Kennedy's grandfather represented the state in the Senate for 47 years. His great-uncle, President John F. Kennedy, served as senator from Massachusetts from 1953 until he won the White House in 1960.
The younger Kennedy also reflected Friday on the loss of his grandfather. "We should be happy for him that he is with his brothers and sisters in heaven, not sad because he's not with us," he said. "Because when we go to heaven, we'll be with him and it will be one big happy family."
Sen. Ted Kennedy's son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, is the only member of the family currently serving in Congress.