Last updated on: 3/5/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

John Kerry, JD Biography

Title:
US Secretary of State
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“I supported and was prepared to vote for amnesty from 1986. And it is essential to have immigration reform. Anyone who has been in this country for five or six years, who’s paid their taxes, who has stayed out of trouble, ought to be able to translate into an American citizenship immediately, not waiting.”

Democratic primary debate in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sep. 4, 2003

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. 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 immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Secretary of State, Feb. 1, 2013-present
  • US Senator (D-MA), Jan. 3, 1985-Feb. 1, 2013
  • Lieutenant Governor, Massachusetts, 1982-1984
  • First 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
  • Defeated in the 1972 campaign for Congress against late US Representative Paul W. Cronin (R-MA)
  • Member, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), 1970-1971
  • Lieutenant, US Navy, 1970
  • Lieutenant Junior grade, US Navy, 1968
  • Defeated in the 2004 presidential election campaign against George W. Bush
  • Inducted, Skull and Bones Society, 1967
Education:
  • JD, Boston College Law School, 1976
  • Attended, US Navy Officer Candidate School, 1967
  • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1966
Other:
  • None found