Secretary John Forbes Kerry's Voting Records

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

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
11/01/05 S AMDT 2357 Medicare Premiums Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/27/05 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 3)
Yea
10/27/05 S AMDT 2259 AIDS Drug Assistance Program Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (46 - 50)
Yea
10/27/05 S AMDT 2287 After School Funding Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (41 - 56)
Yea
10/26/05 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (54 - 43)
Yea
10/26/05 S AMDT 2253 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Nay
10/26/05 S AMDT 2275 Elementary and Secondary Education Act Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 51)
Yea
10/26/05 S AMDT 2275 Elementary and Secondary Education Act Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/26/05 S AMDT 2292 Individuals with Disabilities Education Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Yea
10/26/05 S AMDT 2292 Individuals with Disabilities Education Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/25/05 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/25/05 S AMDT 2213 Federal Pell Grant Increase Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
10/25/05 S AMDT 2213 Federal Pell Grant Increase Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/20/05 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation
Bill Passed - Senate (93 - 1)
Yea
10/18/05 S AMDT 2062 Congressional Pay Raise Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (92 - 6)
Yea
10/07/05 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 0)
Yea
10/05/05 S AMDT 1937 Health Care for Veterans Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
10/05/05 S AMDT 1937 Health Care for Veterans Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/05/05 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (50 - 49)
Yea
10/05/05 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
None - Senate
Sponsor
9/29/05 PN 801 Judge John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
None - Senate (78 - 22)
Nay
9/22/05 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 2)
Yea
9/15/05 S Amdt 1678 Hurricane Katrina Relief Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (43 - 52)
Yea
9/14/05 S Amdt 1660 Congressional Commission on Hurricane Katrina
Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 54)
Yea
9/14/05 S Amdt 1670 Special Committee on Contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq
Motion Rejected - Senate (44 - 53)
Yea
9/13/05 S J Res 20 EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule
Bill Failed - Senate (47 - 51)
Yea
7/29/05 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (99 - 1)
Yea
7/29/05 HR 2985 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2006
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 4)
Yea
7/29/05 HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 4)
Yea
7/29/05 HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 26)
Nay
7/29/05 S 397 Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 31)
Nay
7/28/05 HR 3045 CAFTA Implementation Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (55 - 45)
Nay
7/28/05 S AMDT 1626 Child Safety Lock Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (70 - 30)
Yea
7/26/05 S 1042 Defense Department FY2006 Authorization Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 48)
Nay
7/26/05 S AMDT 1351 Corporate Financing of Terrorism Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 51)
Yea
7/20/05 HR 3057 Foreign Operations FY 2006 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
7/19/05 S AMDT 1241 US Agency for International Development Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (59 - 40)
Nay
7/14/05 HR 2360 Homeland Security Department FY 2006 Appropriations Act
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 1)
Yea
7/14/05 S AMDT 1171 Detention Beds Increase Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 56)
Nay
7/14/05 S Amdt 1189 Air Cargo Security Programs Implementation Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (45 - 53)
Yea
7/14/05 S AMDT 1222 Disclosure of Classified Information Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 53)
Yea
7/01/05 HR 2419 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill FY 2006
Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 3)
Yea
6/30/05 S 1307 CAFTA Implementation Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 45)
Nay
6/29/05 HR 2361 Interior Department FY 2006 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 0)
Yea
6/29/05 S J Res 20 EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
6/28/05 HR 6 Energy Policy Act of 2005
Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 12)
Yea
6/20/05 PN 326 John Bolton, Ambassador to the United Nations
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 38)
Did Not Vote
6/16/05 S AMDT 784 Reduction in Dependence on Foreign Oil
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 53)
Yea
6/16/05 S AMDT 791 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 48)
Yea
6/16/05 S AMDT 791 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor

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