Kerry is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2014 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Kerry sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Kerry was the primary sponsor of 36 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2318 (112th): Department of State Rewards Program Update and Technical Corrections Act of 2012
- S. 3331 (112th): Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012
- S. 2013 (112th): A bill to amend title 32, United States Code, the body of laws of the United States dealing with the National Guard, to recognize the City of ...
- S. 1984 (112th): Protect our Kids Act of 2011
- S. 1412 (112th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 462 Washington Street, Woburn, Massachusetts, as the “Officer John Maguire Post Office”.
- S. 960 (112th): Medicare IVIG Access Act
- S. 841 (111th): Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010
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 at least about half 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).
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%)
Some of Kerry’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 48 (113th): A bill for the relief of Genesio Januario Oliveira.
- S. 3702 (112th): A bill to provide grants to establish veteran’s treatment courts.
- S. 3691 (112th): Strengthening The Resiliency of Our Nation on the Ground Act
- S. 3689 (112th): Senior Airman Michael Malarsie Act
- S. 3686 (112th): Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2013
- S. 3665 (112th): Foster Youth Higher Education Opportunities Act
- S. 3627 (112th): Overseas Private Investment Corporation Reauthorization Act of 2012
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H.R. 3606 (112th): Jumpstart Our Business Startups
Mar 22, 2012. Bill Passed 73/26.
The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, is a law intended to encourage funding of small businesses in the United States by easing many of the country's securities regulations. It passed with bipartisan support, and was signed into law by President Barack Obama ...
H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
H.R. 3078 (112th): United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
Oct 12, 2011. Bill Passed 66/33.
H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 17, 2011. Joint Resolution Passed 87/13.
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 ...
S. 30 (110th): HOPE Act
Apr 11, 2007. Bill Passed 70/28.
On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.
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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills