Secretary John Forbes Kerry's Voting Records

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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
Issue Category

38 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
7/31/02 S 812 Greater Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals Act
Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 21)
Yea
6/29/01 S 1052 Patients' Bill of Rights
Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 36)
Yea
7/14/99 S Amdt 1241 Women's Health and Cancer Rights Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (55 - 45)
Nay
6/22/99 S Amdt 702 Patients' Bill of Rights Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (53 - 47)
Nay
6/04/98 S Amdt 2438 Underage Tobacco Usage amendment
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (29 - 66)
Nay
3/31/98 S AMDT 2168 Tobacco Immunity Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (79 - 19)
Yea
2/10/98 PN 623 David Satcher, Surgeon General of the Public Health Service
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (63 - 35)
Yea
11/08/97 HR 2264 Appropriations bill FY98, Labor, HHS, Education
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 4)
Yea
9/24/97 S 830 Prescription Drug bill
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 2)
Yea
6/25/97 S 947 Budget Reconciliation bill
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 27)
Nay
6/25/97 S Amdt 468 Private Contracts Amendment
Motion Agreed - Senate (64 - 35)
Nay
4/16/97 HR 1003 Assisted Suicide Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 0)
Yea
8/02/96 S 1316 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1995
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (98 - 0)
Yea
4/18/96 S Amdt 3677 Deletion of Medical Savings Accounts Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 46)
Yea
7/27/95 S 641 Ryan White CARE Reauthorization Act of 1995
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 3)
Yea
6/22/95 PN 245 Henry W. Foster Jr., Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 43)
Yea
10/18/93 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (80 - 15)
Yea
9/29/93 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 17)
Yea
9/07/93 PN 452 M. Joycelyn Elders, United States Surgeon General
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (65 - 34)
Yea
2/18/93 S Amdt 39 Prohibiting Immigrants with AIDS from entering the United States
Amendment Adopted - Senate (76 - 23)
Yea
4/02/92 S Amdt 1757 Prohibiting Federal Funding of Human Sexual Behavior Surveys
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 46)
Nay

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