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Overview (4)

Born in Aurora, Colorado, USA
Birth NameJohn Forbes Kerry
Nickname Liveshot
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Kerry was born on December 11, 1943 in Aurora, Colorado, USA as John Forbes Kerry. He has been married to Teresa Heinz Kerry since May 26, 1995. He was previously married to Julia Stimson Thorne.

Spouse (2)

Teresa Heinz Kerry (26 May 1995 - present)
Julia Stimson Thorne (23 May 1970 - 25 July 1988) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (33)

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, January 2, 1985 - February 1, 2013; 68th U.S. Secretary of State, February 1, 2013 - January 20, 2017.
Father of Alexandra Kerry (b. 1973) and Vanessa Kerry (b. 1976).
Because his father worked at the US Embassy in Oslo, Norway, Kerry lived in the Norwegian capital a couple of years from the age of 13. To this day he still remembers some Norwegian.
The liberal American politician is cousin to a French politician (former Minister of Environment and candidate in 1981 presidential election), Brice Lalonde of Génération Ecologie, a small right-wing ecology movement. Their mothers (Rosemary for J. Kerry, Fiona for B. Lalonde) were sisters.
Born at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital where his father, Richard, a test pilot for the Army Air Corps, was undergoing treatment for tuberculosis.
Became a member of Yale University's Skull and Bones secret society three years before George W. Bush joined the same group.
On 18 February 1966, despite his opposition to the Vietnam War, Kerry enlisted in the Navy. He was wounded during his first combat experience on 2 December 1968 and was awarded a Purple Heart. On 20 February 1969, he earned a second Purple Heart when his left thigh was hit with shrapnel. On 28 February 1969, his boat was hit by a B-40 rocket. He beached the boat, chased down the fleeing wounded Viet Cong who fired the rocket, killed him, and returned with the rocket and its launcher. He was awarded the Silver Star. On 13 March 1969, Kerry's boat detonated a mine and he was wounded. For that, and rescuing Army Green Beret James Rassmann in the same incident, he was awarded a third Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with Combat V.
His second wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, is the widow of Pennsylvania Senator Henry John Heinz III of the Heinz Foods fortune. The couple's combined net worth is reportedly $199 - $839 million, making Kerry the wealthiest U.S. senator. Heinz and Kerry met in 1990, introduced by Senator Heinz.
Became the presumptive Democratic Nominee for President in 2004 after defeating North Carolina Senator John Edwards, Vermont Governor Howard Dean and Wesley Clark.
Speaks French fluently in addition to some Norwegian.
Interesting note: his initials are "JFK."
9th cousin twice removed of George W. Bush, his rival in the 2004 election. Both are descended from Edmund Reade (1563-1623).
Plays the guitar.
Is the son of Rosemary Forbes Kerry, a nurse and social activist, and Richard Kerry, a foreign service officer and lawyer. John's paternal grandparents, born Fritz Kohn and Ida Löwe, were Jewish emigrants from Central Europe (Bennisch, Austria and Budapest, Hungary, respectively), who converted to Catholicism (still Kerry's faith). By all accounts a brilliant, bizarre, and troubled man, Kerry's paternal grandfather eventually ended his own life. John's mother was born in Paris, France, to American parents, with deep New England roots, and had English, Scottish, Northern Irish, Dutch, Welsh, and extremely remote French, ancestry.
He and his competition George W. Bush share an ancestor on Kerry's mother's side and Bush's father's side from the 1600s.
Announced John Edwards as his Vice Presidential Candidate in the 2004 Presidential Election (2004).
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les Guignols de l'info (1988).
According to Harold Brooks-Baker, director of Burke's Peerage (the "Bible" of the European royal families) Kerry is related to the Queen of England on his mother's side, but also to the Queen of the Netherlands, the Queen of Denmark and the King of Norway, as well as other European royal families. Even the late Diana, the Princess of Wales, was a distant relative.
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (1983-1985).
Played lacrosse when he was younger.
Lost to President George W. Bush by over 3.5 million votes on Nov. 2, 2004.
Is of Welsh, French, Irish, Austrian, and possibly Norwegian descent.
Narrowly lost the state of Ohio by about 60,000 votes. Had he won Ohio, he would have won the presidency.
Played bass for a garage band called The Electras while in private school.
Underwent surgery for prostate cancer in February 2003.
Very good friends with Republican senior senator from Arizona John McCain.
Announced in January 2007 he would not be a candidate for president again in 2008, as previously speculated.
Stepfather of André Heintz, Chris Heinz and John Heinz IV.
Favorite songs: "No Surrender" and "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen, "Hey Jude" by The Beatles, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones.
Chairman, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee.
Member of 2011 Debt Super Committee (i.e. Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction).
Narrowly defeated in his bid for President of the United States, 251 to 286 electoral votes. [November 2004]
Had brief romance with Catherine Oxenberg between his marriages.

Personal Quotes (19)

On Bush's war in Iraq - "He did it in the worst possible way - without the United Nations, without our allies and without a plan to win the peace."
It's full speed ahead, and we're not playing cautious here. I'm going to take the fight to George Bush. We must take nothing for granted, but in November we will beat George W. Bush.
If the American people give me a shot at George Bush next November, I will give them back the White House.
I am John Kerry and I am reporting for duty.
"I think 9/11 was the predominant overriding element. And I think that in the end, an awful lot of people were unwilling to switch commander-in-chief in midstream. And it just came down to, sort of, that perception." (Imus in the Morning, February 7, 2005 - on why he believes he lost the 2004 presidential election)
I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.
We should not go to war because these things are in his past, but we should be prepared to go to war because of what they tell us about the future.
I have said publicly for years that weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein pose a real and grave threat to our security and that of our allies in the Persian Gulf region. Saddam Hussein's record bears this out.
It is clear that in the four years since the UNSCOM inspectors were forced out, Saddam Hussein has continued his quest for weapons of mass destruction.
Regime change has been an American policy under the Clinton administration, and it is the current policy. I support the policy.
You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq. Campaign speech, October 30, 2006.
In America, you have the right to be stupid.
[on chemical weapons use in Syria in 2013] Anyone who could claim that an attack of this staggering scale could be contrived or fabricated needs to check their conscience and their own moral compass.
[dismissing the views of climate-change skeptics, 2014] We don't have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.
We need a new plan for investing in the 21st century - one that starts by recognizing the reality that no one government in the world has the ability to move fast enough. Americans can't opt out of a networked world. To success, all of us have to opt in.
[observation, June 2017] This is not a normal time. It is not normal to see a President of the United States decrying "so-called judges". It is not normal for the leader of the country that invented what is our First Ammendment to degrade and even threaten journalists. And it is not normal to see the head of the FBI fired summarily because he was investigating connections between Russia and the presidential campaign of the very man who fired him. No, there is nothing normal about this moment, and there is nothing normal American about it, either.
If our institutions can't build consensus and respond to the demand of Americans for jobs today, how will we ever do it in a time when artificial intelligence and robotics kick in and exponentially more jobs disappear - twice as fast?
We've spent more time debating what to call extremism than we have discussing a long-term strategy for defeating it. If we don't wrestle with the long term, every four years a different President and a different Foreign Minister will face a different terrorist group with a different acronym.
Our gridlock and willful denial are even more dangerous and and economically costly in the fight to correct the perilous course our planet has been on for far too long. Make no mistake: if the United States retreats from our commitments in the Paris Agreement, it will have enormous negative reverberations around the equator and from pole to pole...The question right now isn't whether we will get to the global, low-carbon economy that we need. We will. The question is whether we're going to do it fast enough to prevent the worst of what the changing climate could inflict on every corner of the world.

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