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
6/14/05 PN 202 Thomas B. Griffith, Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (73 - 24)
Nay
6/14/05 S Amdt 781 Environmental Effects Caused by Ethanol Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (59 - 38)
Nay
6/09/05 PN 200 William H. Pryor, Jr., Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (53 - 45)
Nay
6/08/05 PN 201 Janice R Brown, Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (56 - 43)
Nay
5/26/05 PN 326 John Bolton, Ambassador to the United Nations
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42)
Nay
5/25/05 PN 194 Priscilla R. Owen, Fifth Circuit Judge
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (55 - 43)
Nay
5/24/05 PN 194 Priscilla R. Owen, Fifth Circuit Judge
Cloture Invoked - Senate (81 - 18)
Nay
5/17/05 HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 11)
Yea
5/10/05 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (100 - 0)
Yea
4/28/05 H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 47)
Nay
4/21/05 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005
Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 0)
Yea
4/18/05 S AMDT 464 Future Military Funding for Iraq Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (61 - 31)
Did Not Vote
3/17/05 S AMDT 172 Perkins Vocational Education Program Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 56)
Yea
3/17/05 S AMDT 177 Education Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Yea
3/17/05 S AMDT 177 Education Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/17/05 S Amdt 210 Tax Subsidy for Domestic Companies Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 59)
Yea
3/17/05 S AMDT 211 Native American Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 55)
Yea
3/17/05 S Amdt 214 Prescription Drugs Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 50)
Yea
3/17/05 S AMDT 220 Homeland Security Grant Program Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (63 - 37)
Yea
3/17/05 S AMDT 229 Medicaid Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 51)
Nay
3/17/05 S Amdt 244 Unintended Pregnancy Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 53)
Yea
3/17/05 S Amdt 244 Unintended Pregnancy Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/17/05 S Con Res 18 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 49)
Nay
3/16/05 S AMDT 168 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 51)
Yea
3/16/05 S AMDT 172 Perkins Vocational Education Program Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/15/05 S AMDT 168 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/10/05 S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 25)
Nay
3/08/05 S AMDT 47 Violent Protestor Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Yea
3/07/05 S AMDT 128 Minimum Wage Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 61)
Nay
3/07/05 S AMDT 44 Minimum Wage Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 49)
Yea
3/03/05 S AMDT 44 Minimum Wage Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
2/10/05 S 5 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005
Bill Passed - Senate (72 - 26)
Nay
2/03/05 PN 12 Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (60 - 36)
Nay
1/26/05 PN 8 Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (85 - 13)
Nay
10/11/04 HR 4520 JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Strength)
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (69 - 17)
Did Not Vote
10/06/04 S 2845 National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 2)
Did Not Vote
9/23/04 HR 1308 Child Tax Credit Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 3)
Did Not Vote
9/21/04 HR 4755 Legislative Branch FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 2)
Did Not Vote
7/22/04 HR 4613 Defense Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 0)
Did Not Vote
7/14/04 S J Res 40 Federal Marriage Amendment
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (48 - 50)
Did Not Vote
6/23/04 S 2400 Military Construction FY2005 Authorization Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 0)
Did Not Vote
5/21/04 S Res 356 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners
Resolution Passed - Senate (92 - 0)
Did Not Vote
5/13/04 HR 1350 Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
Bill Passed - Senate (95 - 3)
Did Not Vote
5/11/04 S 1637 Jumpstart Our Business Strength (JOBS) Act
Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 5)
Did Not Vote
5/11/04 S Amdt 3114 Unemployment Benefits Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (59 - 40)
Did Not Vote
5/10/04 S Res 356 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners
None - House
Co-sponsor
4/29/04 S 150 Internet Access Tax Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (93 - 3)
Did Not Vote
4/22/04 S 2329 Victims' Rights Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 1)
Did Not Vote
4/21/04 S 2329 Victims' Rights Bill
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
4/08/04 HR 3108 Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (78 - 19)
Did Not Vote

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