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

72 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
3/08/12 S Amdt 1537 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Project
Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 42)
Nay
11/10/11 S J Res 27 Disapproval of EPA Cross-Border Pollution Rule
Motion Rejected - Senate (41 - 56)
Nay
5/18/10 S Amdt 4034 Federal Preemption Over State Consumer Financial Laws
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55)
Nay
5/18/10 S Amdt 4051 Prohibiting Funding of State and Local Governments to Prevent Defaulting on Debt
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 50)
Nay
5/18/10 S Amdt 4071 Amending State Authority to Enforce Consumer Financial Regulations
Amendment Adopted - Senate (80 - 18)
Yea
12/24/09 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 39)
Yea
12/23/09 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Cloture Invoked - Senate (60 - 39)
Yea
7/22/09 S Amdt 1618 Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines
Amendment Rejected - Senate (58 - 39)
Nay
2/26/09 S 160 Washington DC Voting Act
Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 37)
Yea
7/26/07 S Amdt 2405 REAL ID Funding
Amendment Tabled - Senate (50 - 44)
Yea
7/14/04 S J Res 40 Federal Marriage Amendment
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (48 - 50)
Did Not Vote
10/16/02 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 2)
Yea
6/11/02 S 625 Hate Crimes Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 43)
Yea
4/11/02 S 565 Equal Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2001
Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 1)
Yea
6/20/00 S Amdt 3473 Hate Crimes Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (57 - 42)
Yea
11/02/99 HR 3064 DC/Labor/HHS/Education FY 2000 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (49 - 48)
Nay
10/08/98 S 442 Internet Tax Freedom bill
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 2)
Yea
5/22/98 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 5)
Yea
5/05/98 HR 1385 Training Programs bill
Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 7)
Yea
4/01/98 S Amdt 2175 School Modernization Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (54 - 46)
Nay
3/04/98 S Amdt 1682 Blood Alcohol Content Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 32)
Yea
5/23/97 S Amdt 357 Violent Crime Victims Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Nay
9/10/96 HR 3396 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 14)
Nay
8/02/96 S 1316 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1995
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (98 - 0)
Yea
12/22/95 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 47)
Nay
9/19/95 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12)
Yea
6/21/95 S Amdt 1446 Drinking and Driving Minors Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 36)
Yea
9/21/94 HR 4649 District of Columbia FY95 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (71 - 27)
Yea
7/27/94 S Amdt 2416 Voluntary Prayer Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 53)
Nay
7/21/94 HR 4649 District of Columbia FY95 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 32)
Yea
7/27/93 HR 2492 District of Columbia Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (70 - 29)
Yea
1/23/92 S 250 Expanding Voter Registration Opportunities
None - Senate
Co-sponsor

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