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
3/29/00 S J Res 14 Flag Desecration amendment
Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (63 - 37)
Nay
3/02/00 S 1134 Education Savings Accounts
Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 37)
Nay
2/10/00 S 1287 Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act
Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 34)
Nay
2/03/00 PN 729 Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Chairman
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (89 - 4)
Yea
2/02/00 HR 833 Bankruptcy Reform bill
Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 14)
Yea
2/02/00 S Amdt 2763 Violent Protesters Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (80 - 17)
Yea
11/19/99 HR 3194 District of Columbia FY2000 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 24)
Yea
11/09/99 S Amdt 2547 Three Year Minimum Wage Increase Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 44)
Nay
11/09/99 S Amdt 2751 Two Year Minimum Wage Increase Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (50 - 48)
Nay
11/03/99 HR 434 Africa Free Trade bill
Bill Passed - Senate (76 - 19)
Yea
11/02/99 HR 3064 DC/Labor/HHS/Education FY 2000 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (49 - 48)
Nay
10/21/99 S 1692 Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion
Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 34)
Nay
10/21/99 S Amdt 2321 Expressing Support for Roe v. Wade Decision
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 47)
Yea
10/15/99 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
Yea
10/13/99 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 26)
Yea
10/13/99 Treaty Doc. 105-28 Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty
Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
10/06/99 HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Nay
10/05/99 PN 49 Ronnie L. White, United States District Judge in Missouri
Nomination Rejected - Senate (45 - 54)
Yea
10/04/99 HR 2084 Transportation Department FY2000 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 3)
Yea
9/28/99 HR 2605 Energy FY2000 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 3)
Yea
9/23/99 HR 2466 Interior Department FY2000 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 10)
Yea
9/22/99 S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
Yea
9/16/99 HR 2490 Appropriations bill FY2000, Treasury, Postal Service
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 38)
Yea
9/16/99 HR 2587 District of Columbia FY2000 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 39)
Did Not Vote
9/14/99 S J Res 33 Puerto Rican Nationals resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (95 - 2)
Yea
8/05/99 HR 2488 Financial Freedom Act of 1999
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (50 - 49)
Nay
8/05/99 PN 100 Richard Holbrooke, Representative to the United Nations
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (81 - 16)
Yea
8/05/99 S Amdt 1569 NEA Funding
Amendment Tabled - Senate (80 - 16)
Yea
8/04/99 S Amdt 1499 Agricultural Aid Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (89 - 8)
Yea
7/30/99 S 1429 Taxpayer Refund Act of 1999
Bill Passed - Senate (57 - 43)
Nay
7/15/99 S 1344 Patient Bill of Rights bill
Bill Passed - Senate (53 - 47)
Nay
7/15/99 S Amdt 1250 Patient Lawsuit Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 47)
Nay
7/14/99 S Amdt 1241 Women's Health and Cancer Rights Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (55 - 45)
Nay
6/30/99 S 1234 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 2)
Yea
6/30/99 S Amdt 1157 Cuba Travel Ban Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (55 - 43)
Nay
6/22/99 S Amdt 702 Patients' Bill of Rights Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (53 - 47)
Nay
6/16/99 HR 1905 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000
Bill Passed - Senate (95 - 4)
Yea
6/16/99 S 1205 Military Construction FY2000 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 2)
Yea
5/27/99 S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization
Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 3)
Yea
5/26/99 S Amdt 393 FY 2000 Defense Auth.--Base Closures
Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 60)
Yea
5/26/99 S Amdt 397 Overseas Military Abortions Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (51 - 49)
Nay
5/20/99 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 36)
Nay
5/20/99 S 254 Juvenile Crime bill
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 25)
Yea
5/20/99 S Amdt 362 Gun Show Sale Regulation Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 50)
Yea
5/18/99 S Amdt 351 Religious Memorials at Schools Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (85 - 13)
Yea
5/06/99 S 900 Financial Services Modernization Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 44)
Nay
4/21/99 HR 800 Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
4/15/99 H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 44)
Nay
3/25/99 H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000
Resolution Passed - Senate (55 - 44)
Nay
3/25/99 S Amdt 178 Agricultural Appropriations Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (53 - 45)
Nay

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