Secretary John Forbes Kerry's Special Interest Group Ratings

Biographical

Full Name: John Forbes Kerry
Current Office: U.S. Secretary of State, Democratic
First Appointed: 01/29/2013
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Teresa Heinz; 2 Children: Alexandra, Vanessa; 3 Stepchildren: John, Andre, Christopher
Birth Date: 12/11/1943
Birth Place: Aurora, CO
Home City: Boston, MA
Religion: Roman Catholic
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2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 0% 2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 2012 Bread for the World - Positions 100% 2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 0% 2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 0% 2012 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100% 2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2012 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 67% 2012 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2012 National Journal - Senate Liberal (Social) 64% 2012 National Journal - Senate Conservative (Social) 0% 2012 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 90% 2012 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 90% 2012 Open Doors USA - Positions 25% 2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 13% 2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 13% 2011-2012 ACT! for America - Positions 0% 2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0% 2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 6% 2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 69% 2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Conservative Action Score 19% 2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Liberal Action Score 56% 2011-2012 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 2011 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 88% 2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 11% 2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 11% 2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 61% 2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2011 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2011 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2011 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2011 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 52% 2011 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 48% 2011 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 22% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 21% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 22% 2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 21% 2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85% 2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2010 Liberty Central - Positions on Conservative Issues F 2010 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 0% 2010 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 65% 2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0% 2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0% 2010 Vote Kids - Positions 100% 2009-2010 ACT! for America - Positions 50% 2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 0% 2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 0% 2009-2010 American Immigration Lawyers Association - U.S. Senate Score 100% 2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100% 2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 14 2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2009-2010 Secular Coalition for America - U.S. Senate Score 92% 2009-2010 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 100% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 0% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 4% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 3% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 4% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 0% 2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 3% 2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 4% 2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 3% 2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 3% 2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 68% 2009 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2009 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 85% 2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 0% 2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2009 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2009 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 35% 2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 50% 2009 The Children's Health Fund - Positions 100% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 6% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 13% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 0% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 0% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 13% 2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 6% 2009 Vote Kids - Positions 100% 2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 89 2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 12% 2008 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2008 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 9% 2008 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 80% 2008 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2008 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2007-2008 ACT! for America - Positions 0% 2007-2008 American Family Association - Positions 0% 2007-2008 American Family Association - Positions 0% 2007-2008 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 50% 2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 0 2007-2008 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 2007-2008 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 11% 2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 11% 2007-2008 Family Research Council - Positions 11% 2007-2008 Family Research Council - Positions 11% 2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Right Wing Index Score 0% 2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 63% 2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Oath of Office Score 33% 2007-2008 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 14% 2007-2008 Secular Coalition for America - Positions on Secular Issues B 2007-2008 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 100 2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 13% 2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 13% 2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 2007 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 90% 2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 89 2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 11% 2007 Family Research Council - Positions 14 2007 Family Research Council - Positions 14 2007 GOPUSA - Positions 7% 2007 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 90% 2007 National Employment Lawyers Association - Positions 100% 2007 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 24% 2007 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 75% 2007 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions on Social Justice and Peace 65 2007 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions on Social Justice and Peace 65 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 11% 2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 49% 2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 0% 2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 0% 2007 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 33 2007 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 33 2006 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 100% 2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 2006 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions 100% 2006 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100% 2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 11% 2006 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2006 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2006 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2006 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 8% 2006 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 89% 2006 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 88% 2006 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 88% 2006 Secular Coalition for America - Positions 100% 2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 17% 2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 17% 2006 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 20% 2006 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 20% 2005-2006 ACT! for America - Positions 33% 2005-2006 American Family Association - Positions 0% 2005-2006 American Family Association - Positions 0% 2005-2006 Campaign for America's Future - Energy Score 100% 2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 0% 2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 2005-2006 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 0% 2005-2006 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 60% 2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100% 2005 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100% 2005 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100% 2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 25% 2005 Mennonite Central Committee - Positions 89% 2005 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2005 National Association of Social Workers - Positions on Professional Advocacy 100 2005 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95% 2005 National Criminal Justice Association - Positions 75% 2005 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 0% 2005 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 90% 2005 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2005 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 23% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 0% 2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 45% 2004 American Family Association - Positions 0% 2004 American Family Association - Positions 0% 2004 American Humane Association - Positions 100% 2004 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 25% 2004 Christian Action Network - Lifetime Score 2% 2004 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 2004 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2004 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2004 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2004 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2004 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 75% 2004 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 75% 2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 0% 2004 Vote Hemp - Positions on Industrial Hemp Policy F 2003-2004 ACT! for America - Positions 0% 2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 8% 2003-2004 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 36% 2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 14% 2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 14% 2003-2004 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2003 American Family Association - Positions 0% 2003 American Family Association - Positions 0% 2003 American Humane Association - Positions 100% 2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85% 2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 7% 2003 Center for Reclaiming America - Positions 33% 2003 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 2003 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 2003 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100% 2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 0% 2003 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2003 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2003 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2003 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 100% 2003 National Network for Youth - Positions 100% 2003 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 80% 2003 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 80% 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 0 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 0 2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 0 2002 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 0% 2002 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85% 2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 18% 2002 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 0% 2002 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 82% 2002 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 33% 2002 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 33% 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 28 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 28 2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 28 2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 11% 2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 11% 2002 Vote Hemp - Positions on Industrial Hemp Policy Fence Sitter 2001-2002 American Bar Association - Positions 100% 2001-2002 American Humane Association - Positions 89% 2001-2002 American Muslims for Jerusalem - Positions on International Middle East Policy Advocacy -3 2001-2002 Bread for the World - Positions 100% 2001-2002 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 7% 2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 33% 2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 33% 2001-2002 Family Research Council - Positions 11% 2001-2002 Family Research Council - Positions 11% 2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95% 2001-2002 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 2001-2002 People for the American Way - Positions 85% 2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 2001 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 91% 2001 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 2001 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 2001 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 96% 2001 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 81% 2001 National Youth Advocacy Coalition - Positions 100% 2001 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 10% 2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 5% 2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 5% 2000 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90% 2000 Bread for the World - Positions 100% 2000 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 90% 2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 2000 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2000 Family Research Council - Positions 0% 2000 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 100% 2000 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 2000 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 21% 2000 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 66% 2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 82% 2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 82% 2000 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 20% 2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 12% 2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 12% 1999-2000 American Bar Association - Positions 100% 1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 15% 1999-2000 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 15% 1999-2000 Home School Legal Defense Association - Positions 60% 1999-2000 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 1999 Bread for the World - Positions 100% 1999 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100% 1999 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 0% 1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 1999 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 81% 1999 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 12% 1999 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 82% 1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 82% 1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 12% 1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 12% 1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 1998 Bread for the World - Positions 100% 1998 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100% 1998 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 74% 1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 73% 1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 73% 1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 10% 1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 10% 1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 1997-1998 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 0% 1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95% 1997-1998 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 7% 1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 1997 Bread for the World - Positions 100% 1997 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 100% 1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 1997 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 0% 1997 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 0% 1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 1997 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 9% 1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 13% 1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 13% 1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95% 1996 Bread for the World - Positions on Addressing World Hunger 71% 1996 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 87% 1996 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100% 1996 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 92% 1996 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 0% 1996 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 0% 1996 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 87% 1996 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 87% 1995-2004 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 73% 1995-1996 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 7% 1995-1996 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 7% 1995-1996 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50% 1995-1996 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50% 1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95% 1995-1996 The John Birch Society - Positions 24% 1995-1996 The John Birch Society - Positions 24% 1995 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 30% 1993 Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc. (formerly Liberty Lobby) - Positions 10% 1991-1992 Christian Voice - Positions 7% 1991-1992 Christian Voice - Positions 7%

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