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John Kerry Biography

Title:
Former US Secretary of State
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“I can’t take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist. We have separation of church and state in the United States of America.”

Interview in the Telegraph Herald, July 4, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University
  • Visiting Distinguished Statesman, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • US Secretary of State, Feb. 1, 2013-Jan. 1, 2017
  • US Senator (D-MA), Jan. 3, 1985–Feb. 1, 2013
  • Chair, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Member, US Senate Finance Committee
  • Member, US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Member, US Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Democratic Nominee, US President, 2004
  • Lieutenant Governor, Massachusetts, 1982-1984
  • irst Assistant District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney of Middlesex County, 1977-1979
  • Prosecutor, Office of the District Attorney of Middlesex County, 1976-1977
    Passed the Massachusetts Bar, 1976
  • Executive Director, Mass Action, Massachusetts, 1974
  • Fundraiser, Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), 1972-1973
  • Founding Member, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), 1970
  • Lieutenant, US Navy, 1970
  • Lieutenant Junior grade, US Navy, 1968
  • Inducted, Skull and Bones Society, 1967
Education:
  • JD, Boston College Law School, 1976
  • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1966
Other:
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