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John Kerry's Biography

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Born on 11 December 1943 in Aurora, Colorado, John Kerry was elected Massachusetts lieutenant governor in 1983 and was first elected to the Senate in 1984.

After Al Gore dropped out of the running for Democratic candidate in December 2002, John Kerry, initially struggled to win support but was eventually selected by the Democrats as their nominee.

On 4 November 2004 John Kerry narrowly failed in his bid to win the Presidency off George W. Bush.

As turnout was very high the Democrats had raised their hopes but their optimism was pierced as results trickled in, and they eventually fell over the hurdle of Ohio and the Republican George W. Bush was elected President.

In 2009, John Kerry became Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

On February 1, 2013, John Forbes Kerry was sworn in as the 68th Secretary of State of the United States.

He is the author of A Call to Service: My Vision for a Better America, and, along with his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry, This Moment on Earth.

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