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Career

United States Department of State
2013–present
68th U.S. Secretary of State Washington, District of Columbia USA
United States Senate
19852013
Senator for Massachusetts Washington, District of Columbia USA
Government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
19821985
Lieutenant Governor under Governor Mike Dukakis Boston, Massachusetts USA
Private Legal Practice
1982
Attorney Boston, Massachusetts USA
Office of the District Attorney, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
1976
Assistant District Attorney Lowell, Massachusetts USA

Professional affiliations

1976–present
Massachusetts Bar State of Massachusetts USA Member
Senate Prosecutors Caucus Washington, District of Columbia USA Co-Chair
Hispanic Task Force Washington, District of Columbia USA Chair
20002013
Senate New Democrat Coalition Washington, District of Columbia USA Member
Democratic Steering Committee Washington, District of Columbia USA Chair
19871989
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Washington, District of Columbia USA Chair
Congressional Vietnam-Era Veterans Caucus Washington, District of Columbia USA Co-Chair
20092013
United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Washington, District of Columbia USA Chairman
20112012
Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Supercommittee /United States Congress Committee failed to reach bipartisan agreement by the deadline and was disbanded
20072009
United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Washington, District of Columbia USA Chairman
20012003
United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Washington, District of Columbia USA Chairman
19911993
Senate Select Committee on P.O.W./ M.I.A. Affairs Washington, District of Columbia USA Chairman

Accomplishments of note

2008
Author: This Moment on Earth - Today's New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future with Teresa Heinz Kerry Publisher: PublicAffairs
2004
Candidate: for the Office of United States President United States of America with Democrat Party His bid for the Presidency was unsuccessful - failed to win the election
2004
Author: Our Plan for America:- Stronger at Home, Respected in the World with John Edwards Publisher: PublicAfairs
2003
Author: A Call to Service: My Vision for a Better America Publisher: Viking Press
1998
Author: The New War - The Web of Crime That Threatens America's Security Publisher: Touchstone  
1972
Candidate: for the United States House of Representatives State of Massachusetts, USA with Democrat Party This, his first bid for public office, was unsuccessful and he failed to win the election.
1971
Author: The New Soldier with Vietnam Veterans Against the War; edited by David Thorne and George Butler Publisher: Collier Books

Professional honors and awards

2004
Policy Maker of the Year Massachusetts Telecommunications Council
2002
John W. McCormick Award For Publice Service
2001
Legislator of the Year Nurse Association of America
2001
Steven P. Duggan Award for International Understanding Institute of International Education
2001
Powerful Friend Recognition Award Parents for Residential Reform/Mass Families Organizing for Change and the Federation for Children with Special Needs

Community

Community service

1971
Vietnam Veterans Against the War Spokesman - Spoke to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the war .

Club memberships

1970
Vietnam Veterans of America To support other returning veterans Co-founder

Community honors and awards

2002
Award For Significant and Exemplary Support Rendered To Veterans of This Country and of the Cape and Islands NAM Vets Association of Cape Cod and Islands
Powerful Friend Recognition Award Parents for Residential Reform/Mass Families
2001
Gerry Studds Stewardship Award Boston Harbor Island Alliance

Military service

19661978
United States Navy Lieutenant Vietnam War

Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V (for valor), and three Purple Hearts

Nationality
American
Politics
Democrat
Denomination
Roman Catholic
Sports
  Cycling, windsurfing, and sailing his 76-foot sloop, "Isabel"

Education

University
Yale University New Haven, Connecticut USA Bachelor of Arts Political Science Chairman of the Liberal Party; Skull & Bones; chosen to give graduating class oration
Law School
Boston College Law School Boston, Massachusetts USA Juris Doctor Law Class of 1976
Native language
English
Other languages
French, German

Honorary Degrees

2008
University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell, Massachusetts USA
2008
Wheelock College Boston, Massachusetts USA
2007
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth North Dartmouth, Massachusetts USA
2005
Boston University Boston, Massachusetts USA
Babson College Babson Park, Massachusetts USA
2001
Springfield College Springfield, Massachusetts USA Doctor of Humanics

Family

Vital statistics

Birth information
December 11, 1943
Gender
Male
Place of birth
Aurora, Colorado USA
Marital status
Married

Marriage

1995–present
Maria Teresa (Thierstein Simões-Ferreira) Heinz       3 children Henry John Heinz IV (1966) (stepchild) André Heinz (1969) (stepchild) Christopher Drake Heinz (1973) (stepchild)
19701988
Julia Stimson (Thorne) Kerry        2 children Alexandra Forbes Kerry (1973) Vanessa Bradford Kerry (1976)

Grandchildren & Great-grandchildren

Grandchildren
3 Astrid, Alexander

Parents

Father
Richard Kerry (1915 - 2000)
Mother
Rosemary Isabel (Forbes) Kerry (1913 - 2002)

Grandparents

Father's father
Frederick KERRY (né Fritz KOHN) (1873 - 1921)
Father's mother
Ida (Löwe) Kohn, changed to Kerry in Austria (1877-1960)
Mother's father
James Grant FORBES
Mother's mother
Margaret Tyndal (Winthrop) Forbes

Ancestry

Ashkenazi Jewish (father; who was raised Catholic); English, Scottish, Northern Irish, Dutch, Welsh, extremely remote French (mother)