John Kerry

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John Kerry
68th United States Secretary of State
Incumbent
Assumed office
February 1, 2013
President Barack Obama
Deputy William Joseph Burns
Preceded by Hillary Rodham Clinton
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
January 3, 1985 – February 1, 2013
Preceded by Paul Tsongas
Succeeded by Mo Cowan
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
In office
January 6, 2009 – February 1, 2013
Preceded by Joe Biden
Succeeded by Bob Menendez
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
In office
January 4, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Olympia Snowe
Succeeded by Mary Landrieu
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Kit Bond
Succeeded by Olympia Snowe
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 20, 2001
Preceded by Kit Bond
Succeeded by Kit Bond
66th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
March 6, 1983 – January 2, 1985
Governor Michael Dukakis
Preceded by Thomas O'Neill
Succeeded by Evelyn Murphy
Personal details
Born John Forbes Kerry
December 11, 1943 (1943-12-11) (age 70)
Aurora, Colorado, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Julia Thorne (1970–1988)
Teresa Heinz (1995–present)
Children Alexandra
Vanessa
John (Stepson)
André (Stepson)
Christopher (Stepson)
Alma mater Yale University
Boston College
Religion Roman Catholicism
Signature
Website http://state.gov/secretary
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Flag of the United States Navy.png U.S. Navy
Years of service 1966 – 1978
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Lieutenant
Unit USS Gridley (DLG-21)
Coastal Squadron 1
Commands PCF-44
PCF-94
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Silver Star ribbon.svg Silver Star
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart BAR.svg Purple Heart (3)

John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943[1]) is the current United States Secretary of State and former Senator from Massachusetts and the Democratic nominee for President in 2004. He lost to George W. Bush. He has served in the senate for 23 years and has also served as the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts under Michael Dukakis. Kerry is married to Teresa Heinz-Kerry.

Early life[change | edit source]

An early senate picture of Kerry

Kerry was born on December 11, 1943 in Aurora, Colorado. He studied at Yale University and at Boston College Law school. Kerry was raised as a Roman Catholic by his Catholic father and Episcopalian mother.[2]

It was discovered in 2003 by Felix Gundacker, a genealogist[3] working with The Boston Globe, that Kerry's paternal grandparents, who had been born Jewish, as "Fritz Kohn" and "Ida Löwe", in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, changed their names to "Frederick and Ida Kerry" in 1900 and converted from Judaism to Roman Catholicism in 1901[4][5]

Career[change | edit source]

During the 2012 Obama reelection campaign, Kerry participated in one on one debate prep with the president, impersonating the Republican candidate Mitt Romney.[6]

Kerry's vice presidential candidate was John Edwards. The ticket lost the election to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. One of the reasons Kerry lost is because people said he was an elitist (he did not understand most Americans) and also because a group called "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" attacked his service in Vietnam.

In November 2006, Kerry once apologizes after saying that college students needed to study hard or else they would "get stuck in Iraq."[7]

Secretary of State[change | edit source]

On December 21, 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.[8] [9][10] The committee said yes on making Kerry the new Secretary of State. Kerry won confirmation by the Senate on January 29, 2012 by a 94-3 vote. He assumed the office of Secretary of State on February 1, 2013.[11][12]

John Kerry is sworn in as Secretary of State by Justice Elena Kagan, Feb 1, 2013

In a letter to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Kerry announced his resignation from the Senate effective February 1.[13] Kerry was sworn in as Secretary of State on February 1, 2013.[14]

Personal life[change | edit source]

He was married to Julia from 1970 until they divorced in 1988. Then he was married to Teresa Heinz since 1995. He has two children and three step-children. He now lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Kerry and his former competitor George W. Bush share an ancestor on Kerry's mother's side and Bush's father's side from the 1600s.[15]

Kerry is 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) tall,[16] enjoys surfing and windsurfing, as well as ice hockey, hunting and playing bass guitar. According to an interview he gave to Rolling Stone magazine in 2004, Kerry's favorite album is Abbey Road and he is a fan of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, as well as of Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Buffett. He never liked heavy metal.[17] During his 2004 presidential campaign, Kerry used Bruce Springsteen's "No Surrender" as one of his campaign songs. Later he would adopt U2's "Beautiful Day" as his official campaign song.

Health[change | edit source]

In 2003, Kerry was diagnosed with and successfully treated for prostate cancer.[18]

References[change | edit source]

  1. johnkerry.com
  2. Caldwell, Deborah, "Not a Prodigal Son", beliefnet.com, August 2004.
  3. Berger, Joseph (May 16, 2004). "Kerry's Grandfather Left Judaism Behind in Europe". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CEEDF173FF935A25756C0A9629C8B63. Retrieved January 8, 2008.
  4. Kranish, Michael; Mooney, Brian C.; Easton, Nina J. (April 27, 2004). "John Kerry: The Complete Biography by The Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/politics/president/kerry/book/excerpt/. Retrieved January 8, 2008.
  5. Whitmore, Brian (February 22, 2004). "Hearing of roots, Czech village roots Kerry on". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/02/22/hearing_of_roots_czech_village_roots_kerry_on/. Retrieved January 8, 2008.
  6. . http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/npr/164617347/likely-suspects-guessing-obama-s-second-term-cabinet.
  7. "John Kerry Fast Facts". CNN.com. http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/20/us/john-kerry---fast-facts/. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  8. Landler, Mark (December 21, 2012). "Kerry Is Pick for Secretary of State, Official Says". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/22/us/politics/kerry-is-pick-for-secretary-of-state-official-says.html. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  9. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/12/john-kerry-to-be-nominated-to-be-secretary-of-state-sources-say/
  10. "John Kerry To Get Secretary Of State Nomination, Reports ABC". Huffington Post. December 15, 2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/15/john-kerry-secretary-of-state_n_2306877.html. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  11. Curry, Tom (January 29, 2013). "Senate votes to confirm Kerry as secretary of state". NBC News. http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/29/16758482-senate-votes-to-confirm-kerry-as-secretary-of-state. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  12. "Senate Roll Call Vote". January 29, 2013. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00005. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  13. Kerry, John (January 29, 2013). "Letter to Deval Patrick". boston.com. http://cache.boston.com/multimedia/2013/01/29kerry/resignation_letter.pdf. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  14. "CLINTON OUT, KERRY IN AS SECRETARY OF STATE". Associated Press. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-interview-clinton-raps-benghazi-critics. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  15. Roberts, Joel (February 11, 2009). "Bush, Kerry & Hefner: Odd Cousins". CBS. CBS Interactive. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-604163.html. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  16. Nagourney, Adam (December 9, 2002). "Antiwar Veteran Eager for Battle". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/09/politics/campaigns/09KERR.html.
  17. Wenner, Jann S. (November 11, 2004). "John Kerry". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 4, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070104074710/http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/6562106/john_kerry.
  18. "Sen. Kerry 's Surgery A Success". CBS. February 11, 2003. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/02/11/politics/main540196.shtml.

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