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Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)

  • District: Senior Senator from Massachusetts
  • Residence: Boston
  • Born: December 11, 1943; Denver, Colo.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Family: Wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry; two children, three stepchildren
  • Education: Yale U., B.A. 1966 (political science); Boston College, J.D. 1976
  • Military Service: Navy 1966-70; Naval Reserve 1966
  • Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 1972; lieutenant governor, 1983-85; U.S. Senate, 1985-present; Democratic nominee for president, 2004
  • Elected: Elected: 1984 (5th term)
  • Committee Assignments: Commerce, Science & Transportation; Finance; Foreign Relations - Chairman; Small Business & Entrepreneurship
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State Information: Massachusetts

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2008 general John Kerry (D) 1,971,974 65.9%
Jeffrey Beatty (R) 926,044 31%
Robert Underwood (LIBERT) 93,713 3.1%
2002 general John Kerry (D) 1,605,976 80%
Michael Cloud (LIBERT) 369,807 18.4%
1996 general John Kerry (D) 1,334,135 52.2%
William F. Weld (R) 1,143,120 44.7%
Susan C. Gallagher (C) 70,007 2.7%
Robert C. Snowe (NL) 7,169 0.3%
1990 general John Kerry (D) 1,321,712 57%
Jim Rappaport (R) 992,917 43%
1984 general John Kerry (D) 1,392,981 55%
Raymond Shamie (R) 1,136,806 44.9%
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2012 : 60.65% : 37.51%
2008 Barack Obama: 61.8% John McCain: 35.99%
2004 John Kerry: 62% George W. Bush: 37%
2000 Al Gore: 60% George W. Bush: 33%
1996 Bill Clinton: 62% Robert Dole: 28%
1992 Bill Clinton: 48% George H. W. Bush: 29%
1988 Michael Dukakis: 53% George H. W. Bush: 45%
1984 Walter F. Mondale: 48% :

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