43 Facts About John Kerry

1. On May 31, 2015, John Kerry broke his right leg in a biking accident in Scionzier, France, and was flown to Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital for recovery.

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2. John Kerry is a Roman Catholic, and is said to have carried a religious rosary, a prayer book, and a St Christopher medal when he campaigned.

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3. Regardless of which figure is correct, John Kerry was the wealthiest US Senator while serving in the Senate.

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4. In 2016, in partnership with OPIC, John Kerry announced an investment of $171 million to enable "a low-cost and rapidly scalable wireless broadband network in India".

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5. In 1994, John Kerry led opposition to continued funding for the Integral Fast Reactor, which resulting in the end of funding for the project.

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6. John Kerry spent two days on the continent meeting with researchers and staying overnight at McMurdo Station.

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7. On November 11, 2016, John Kerry became the first Secretary of State and highest-ranking US official to date to visit Antarctica.

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8. John Kerry has had a long-standing concern with environmentalism as a global issue.

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9. John Kerry went on to explain, "The relationship that we seek and that we have worked hard to foster is not about a United States declaration about how and when it will intervene in the affairs of other American states.

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10. John Kerry was sworn in as Secretary of State on February 1, 2013.

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11. John Kerry established a separate political action committee, Keeping America's Promise, which declared as its mandate "A Democratic Congress will restore accountability to Washington and help change a disastrous course in Iraq", and raised money and channeled contributions to Democratic candidates in state and federal races.

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12. John Kerry carried states with a total of 252 electoral votes.

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13. John Kerry was reelected to the Senate in 1990, 1996, 2002, and 2008.

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14. John Kerry was the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 1987 to 1989.

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15. John Kerry gave a January 23, 2003 speech to Georgetown University saying "Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein.

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16. Since then, John Kerry has attacked President Bush, charging him with opposition to international efforts to combat global warming.

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17. In July 1997, John Kerry joined his Senate colleagues in voting against ratification of the Kyoto Treaty on global warming without greenhouse gas emissions limits on nations deemed developing, including India and China.

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18. On October 30, 2006, John Kerry was a headline speaker at a campaign rally being held for Democratic California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California.

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19. John Kerry won re-election with 52 percent to Weld's 45 percent.

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20. John Kerry was criticized by some Democrats for having pursued his own party members, including former Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford, although Republicans said he should have pressed against some Democrats even harder.

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21. John Kerry was active on environmental issues, including combating acid rain.

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22. John Kerry spent some time working as a fundraiser for the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, an international humanitarian organization.

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23. The day after this testimony, John Kerry participated in a demonstration with thousands of other veterans in which he and other Vietnam War veterans threw their medals and service ribbons over a fence erected at the front steps of the United States Capitol building to dramatize their opposition to the war.

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24. John Kerry participated in the "Winter Soldier Investigation" conducted by VVAW of US atrocities in Vietnam, and he appears in a film by that name that documents the investigation.

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25. John Kerry continued to serve in the Naval Reserve until February 1978.

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26. John Kerry was on active duty in the United States Navy from August 1966 until January 1970.

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27. John Kerry had agreed to an extension of his active duty obligation from December 1969 to August 1970 in order to perform Swift Boat duty.

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28. On January 1, 1970, John Kerry was temporarily promoted to full lieutenant.

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29. On this occasion, John Kerry was in tactical command of his Swift boat and two other Swift boats during a combat operation.

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30. John Kerry received his second Purple Heart for a wound received in action on the Bo Đe River on February 20, 1969.

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31. John Kerry began his active duty military service on August 19, 1966.

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32. On February 18, 1966, John Kerry enlisted in the Naval Reserve.

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33. John Kerry never received an "A" during his time at Yale; his highest grade was an 89.

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34. John Kerry graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966.

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35. In 1962, John Kerry entered Yale University, majoring in political science and residing in Jonathan Edwards College.

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36. John Kerry is the second of four children born to Richard John Kerry, a Foreign Service officer and lawyer, and Rosemary Isabel Forbes, a nurse and social activist.

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37. John Kerry retained the position until the end of Obama's second term on January 20, 2017.

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38. In January 2013, John Kerry was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then confirmed by the US Senate, assuming the office on February 1, 2013.

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39. On October 11, 2002, John Kerry voted to authorize the President "to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein", but warned that the administration should exhaust its diplomatic avenues before launching war.

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40. John Kerry was reelected to additional terms in 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008.

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41. John Kerry enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1966, and between 1968 and 1969, he served an abbreviated four-month tour of duty in South Vietnam as officer-in-charge of a Swift Boat.

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42. John Kerry graduated from Yale University in 1966 with a major in political science.

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43. John Kerry was the Democratic nominee in the 2004 presidential election, losing to Republican incumbent George W Bush.

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