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
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10/26/05 S AMDT 2275 Elementary and Secondary Education Act Amendment
None - Senate
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10/26/05 S AMDT 2292 Individuals with Disabilities Education Amendment
None - Senate
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10/25/05 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
None - Senate
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10/25/05 S AMDT 2213 Federal Pell Grant Increase Amendment
None - Senate
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10/05/05 S AMDT 1937 Health Care for Veterans Amendment
None - Senate
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10/05/05 S Amdt 2033 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment
None - Senate
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6/29/05 S J Res 20 EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule
None - Senate
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6/16/05 S AMDT 791 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Amendment
None - Senate
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6/15/05 S AMDT 784 Reduction in Dependence on Foreign Oil
None - Senate
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3/17/05 S AMDT 177 Education Amendment
None - Senate
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3/17/05 S Amdt 244 Unintended Pregnancy Amendment
None - Senate
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3/16/05 S AMDT 172 Perkins Vocational Education Program Amendment
None - Senate
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3/15/05 S AMDT 168 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment
None - Senate
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3/03/05 S AMDT 44 Minimum Wage Amendment
None - Senate
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5/10/04 S Res 356 Resolution Condemning Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners
None - House
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4/21/04 S 2329 Victims' Rights Bill
None - Senate
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7/15/03 S J Res 17 FCC Media Ownership bill
None - Senate
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6/09/03 S Amdt 865 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Amendment
None - Senate
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3/18/03 S Amdt 272 ANWR Oil Drilling Amendment
None - Senate
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2/26/02 S Amdt 2937 Allowing Signatures for Voter Registration by Mail
None - Senate
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9/21/01 S 1447 Federalize Aviation Security bill
None - Senate
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3/27/01 S 625 Hate Crimes Bill
None - Senate
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3/19/01 S 565 Equal Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2001
None - Senate
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1/22/01 S 27 Campaign Reform Act of 2001
None - Senate
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5/17/00 S Amdt 3154 Troop Withdrawal from Kosovo Amendment
None - Senate
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3/03/98 S Amdt 1682 Blood Alcohol Content Amendment
None - Senate
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3/02/98 S Con Res 78 Saddam Hussein War Crime Prosecution bill
None - Senate
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10/07/97 S 1260 Securities Litigation
None - Senate
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6/26/97 S Amdt 527 Family Tax Relief Amendment
None - Senate
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3/20/97 S Amdt 25 U.S.- Mexico Drug Trafficking Prevention Amendment
None - Senate
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3/13/97 S 442 Internet Tax Freedom bill
None - Senate
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9/16/96 S Amdt 5353 Federal Land Grazing Fee Amendment
None - Senate
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5/01/96 S Amdt 3780 Asylum Seeker Amendment
None - Senate
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9/07/95 S 1219 Campaign Finance Reform bill
None - Senate
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3/28/95 S 641 Ryan White CARE Reauthorization Act of 1995
None - Senate
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6/30/94 S Amdt 2127 Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor Termination Amendment
None - Senate
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1/26/94 S Amdt 1263 Vietnam Trade Embargo
None - Senate
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9/09/93 S Amdt 790 U.S. Policy Towards Somalia Amendment
None - Senate
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3/23/93 S 636 Abortion Clinic Access Bill
None - Senate
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2/04/93 S J Res 45 Authorization for Use of U.S. Armed Forces in Somalia
None - Senate
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1/21/93 S 21 California Desert Protection Act of 1994
None - Senate
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1/21/93 S 55 Striker Replacement
None - Senate
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1/23/92 S 250 Expanding Voter Registration Opportunities
None - Senate
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2/20/91 S 429 Civil Actions Regarding Price-Fixing
None - House
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1/14/91 S 2 National Education Goals and Funding Reform
None - Senate
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1/14/91 S 3 Congressional Campaign Finance Reform
None - Senate
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1/14/91 S 5 Family and Medical Leave
None - Senate
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About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.