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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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to government and constitutional law. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to government and constitutional law.
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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