Sen. John Kerry

Former Senator from Massachusetts, Democrat

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



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)

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

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: