John Kerry attained the peak of his fame as the United States Secretary of State. Assuming the position in 2013, Kerry maintained the post until 2017. Prior to becoming the Secretary of States, John Kerry respectively served as the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts and U.S Senator from Massachusetts. Kerry also made an attempt at the presidency in 2004 but lost (with a narrow margin) to then-incumbent President George W. Bush.
In addition to politics, John Kerry is a decorated Vietnam War veteran as well as an anti-Vietnam War activist. He served on the U.S Naval Reserve from 1966 to 1978. He is also an avid writer and has authored several best-selling books including The New War (1997), A Call to Service (2003) and This Moment on Earth (2007).
Who Is John Kerry?
John Kerry is an American lawyer and Democratic politician. He was born as John Forbes Kerry on the 11th of December, 1943. Kerry is originally from Massachusetts but was born in Aurora, Colorado, both in the United States. He is one of the four children (two sons and two daughters) of Richard Kerry and his wife, Rosemary Forbes. Kerry was raised a Catholic and still practices the religion.
On completing his elementary education, John attended a private boarding school in Massachusetts. He later changed to St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire where he completed his high school. Kerry subsequently gained an admission into Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut where he studied Political Science, graduating in 1966.
The same year, he joined the U.S Naval Reserve, and later served as an Officer-In-Charge of a Swift Boat for four months, between 1968 and 1970. On returning to the U.S after the service, he joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, serving as an ardent spokesperson against the Vietnam War. He also remained a member of the Naval Reserve until 1978. Meanwhile, in 1973, John Kerry enrolled at the Boston College Law School in Newton, Massachusetts to study law. After earning his Juris Doctor in 1976, he started working as an Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts.
In 1982, Kerry contested for and won the post of Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor. In 1983, he assumed duties as the 66th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. He served in the capacity until 1985 when he assumed the position of the Massachusetts Senator, having won the seat in late 1984. As a senator, Kerry subsequently served as the Chair of the Senate Small Business Committee from 2007 to 2009, and Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2009 to 2013. He also served in several subcommittees and caucus capacities.
In 2013, President Barack Obama elected John Kerry the United States Secretary of State. On assuming the position, Kerry became the 68th United States Secretary of States. He served in the capacity until the end of the Obama administration in January 2017 after which he retired from public service. Kerry has since remained out of the United States government service.
About his personal life, John Kerry has married twice so far in his lifetime. He first married Julia Thorne (1944-2006), an American writer in 1970. With Julia, he had two daughters – Alexandra Kerry (born in 1973), and Vanessa Kerry (born in 1976). The couple, however, divorced in 1988, with Julia citing suffering severe depression as a result of her husband’s political career.
Kerry later married in 1995. Teresa was the widow of former U.S Senator from Pennsylvania, John Heinz who died in a plane crash in 1991. With Heinz, she has three sons – Henry, André, and Christopher Heinz who are now Kerry’s stepsons. Alexandra and Vannessa are, on the other hand, Teresa’s stepdaughters. Together, the couple has about three grandchildren.
Where Is John Kerry Now, and What Is He Doing?
After bowing out from diplomatic work, John Kerry acquired a massive 18-acre home in Chilmark, northwest of the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The residence which is precisely located in Seven Gates Farm, Vineyard Haven, overlooks the tranquil and serene Vineyard Sound waters. The property comprises seven bedrooms and is reportedly worth about $12 million. That is where the former statesman resides alongside his second wife, Teresa Heinz.
As for what John Kerry is doing, he presently occupies himself with a variety of private commitments and responsibilities. Following his retirement, he had signed a deal with CBS-owned publisher, Simon & Schuster for the publishing of a series of memoirs that detail his life and times as a government official. The company published his first memoir titled Every Day Is Extra in September 2018.
Despite not holding any public office at the moment, Kerry still participates in as well as lends his voice to political activities that concern the U.S and the world at large. In June 2019, he attended the D-Day Veterans 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion held in France.