Sen. John Kerry

Former Senator from Massachusetts, Democrat

Kerry, a Democrat, was a senator from Massachusetts from 1985 to 2013.

Photo of Sen. John Kerry [D-MA, 1985-2013]

Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Kerry sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2014. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Kerry is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Kerry was the primary sponsor of 39 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Kerry sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (26%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (21%) Health (12%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Taxation (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Commerce (8%) Economics and Public Finance (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Kerry’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Kerry’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 3606 (112th): Jumpstart Our Business Startups
Mar 22, 2012. Bill Passed 73/26.
Yea H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
Yea H.R. 3078 (112th): United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
Oct 12, 2011. Bill Passed 66/33.
Yea H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 17, 2011. Joint Resolution Passed 87/13.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Yea S. 30 (110th): HOPE Act
Apr 11, 2007. Bill Passed 70/28.
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Jan 2013, Kerry missed 727 of 9,457 roll call votes, which is 7.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: