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
8/03/06 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42)
Nay
8/02/06 S AMDT 4775 Triple-Layered Fencing Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (94 - 3)
Yea
8/01/06 S 3711 Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006
Bill Passed - Senate (71 - 25)
Did Not Vote
7/25/06 S 403 Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34)
Nay
7/25/06 S AMDT 4689 Teen Pregnancy Education Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
7/25/06 S AMDT 4689 Teen Pregnancy Education Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
7/18/06 HR 810 Stem Cell Research Bill of 2005
Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 37)
Yea
7/13/06 S Amdt 4615 Firearm Confiscation Prohibition Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (84 - 16)
Yea
7/13/06 S Amdt 4659 Double-Layered Fencing Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (29 - 71)
Nay
7/12/06 S AMDT 4553 Rail and Transit Security Amendment
Motion Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Yea
7/12/06 S AMDT 4587 Transit Security Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Yea
7/11/06 S AMDT 4560 USEMA Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (87 - 11)
Nay
7/11/06 S AMDT 4563 FEMA Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (32 - 66)
Yea
6/29/06 S 3569 U.S. -Oman Free Trade Agreement
Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 34)
Yea
6/27/06 S J Res 12 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment
Resolution Failed - Senate (66 - 34)
Nay
6/22/06 S 2766 Defense Department FY 2007 Authorization bill
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 0)
Yea
6/22/06 S AMDT 4442 Troop Redeployment Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (13 - 86)
Yea
6/21/06 S AMDT 4322 Minimum Wage Adjustment Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 46)
Yea
6/21/06 S AMDT 4376 Increasing Minimum Wage Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 53)
Nay
6/21/06 S AMDT 4442 Troop Redeployment Amendment
None - Senate
Sponsor
6/19/06 S AMDT 4322 Minimum Wage Adjustment Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
6/15/06 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
6/07/06 S J Res 1 Same Sex Marriage Resolution
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (49 - 48)
Nay
5/26/06 PN 1552 Michael Hayden, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (78 - 15)
Nay
5/25/06 S 2611 Immigration Reform Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 36)
Yea
5/25/06 S AMDT 4097 Confidentiality Requirement Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 49)
Nay
5/24/06 S AMDT 4095 H-2C Visa Program Ammendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 49)
Nay
5/23/06 S AMDT 4087 Orange Card Program Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (37 - 61)
Yea
5/23/06 S AMDT 4177 Employer Verification Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (59 - 39)
Yea
5/22/06 S AMDT 4087 Orange Card Program Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
5/18/06 S AMDT 4064 English As National Language Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 35)
Nay
5/18/06 S AMDT 4072 "State Criminal Alien Assistance Program" Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 52)
Yea
5/18/06 S AMDT 4073 English as Unifying Language Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (58 - 39)
Yea
5/17/06 S AMDT 3965 Employment-based Immigrant Visa Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (50 - 48)
Nay
5/11/06 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 44)
Nay
5/04/06 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006
Bill Passed - Senate (77 - 21)
Yea
5/03/06 S AMDT 3688 Influenza Vaccine Injury Compensation Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 46)
Yea
5/02/06 S AMDT 3617 Sugarcane Growers Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 59)
Nay
3/16/06 H J Res 47 Debt Limit Increase Resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 48)
Nay
3/16/06 S AMDT 3071 Education Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (49 - 51)
Yea
3/16/06 S AMDT 3071 Education Funding Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/16/06 S AMDT 3074 LIHEAP Funding Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Yea
3/16/06 S AMDT 3074 LIHEAP Funding Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/16/06 S AMDT 3103 Natural Resources and Environment Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 49)
Yea
3/16/06 S AMDT 3128 ANWR Revenues Amendment
Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 49)
Nay
3/16/06 S AMDT 3166 National Defense Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Nay
3/16/06 S Con Res 83 2007 Budget Resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 49)
Nay
3/14/06 S AMDT 3013 Reinstate Pay-As-You-Go through 2011 Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Yea
3/14/06 S AMDT 3013 Reinstate Pay-As-You-Go through 2011 Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/02/06 HR 3199 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (89 - 10)
Yea

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