John Kerry

U.S. Congressperson

1943 –


Who is John Kerry?

John Forbes Kerry is an American politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State. He served as a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 1985 to 2013, and was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry was the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2004 presidential election but lost to incumbent George W. Bush.

The son of an Army Air Corps veteran, Kerry was born in Aurora, Colorado. He attended boarding school in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and went on to graduate from Yale University class of 1966, where he majored in political science and became a member of the Skull and Bones secret society. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1966, and during 1968–1969 served an abbreviated four-month tour of duty in South Vietnam as officer-in-charge of a Swift Boat. For that service, he was awarded combat medals that include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Securing an early return to the United States, Kerry joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in which he served as a nationally recognized spokesman and as an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War. He appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs where he deemed United States war policy in Vietnam to be the cause of "war crimes."


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Dec 11, 1943
Also known as
  • John Forbes Kerry
  • Senator John Kerry
  • John F. Kerry
  • Senator John Kerrey
  • Sen. John Kerry
  • Sen John Kerry
  • Liveshot
  • Catholicism
  • Czech American
  • Irish American
  • Scottish American
  • Austrian American
  • United States of America
  • Juris Doctor, Boston College Law School
    (1973/09 - 1976)
  • St. Paul's School
    ( - 1962)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Yale University
    Political Science
    (1962 - 1966)
  • Fessenden School
    (1957 - )
Lived in
  • Aurora
  • Massachusetts

on July 23, 2013