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John F. Kerry

Secretary of State, US Department of State

Graduate, Yale University; 1976, Law degree, Boston College Law School. Served in the US Navy, Vietnam. Back in the US, began to speak out against the Vietnam War. Co-founded the Vietnam Veterans of America. Former top prosecutor, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. 1982, elected Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. 1984, elected to the US Senate. 2004, Democratic Party's nominee for US President. From 2009, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, assuming a leadership role on key foreign policy and national security issues facing the US; instrumental in the ratification of the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) Treaty. As Chairman, Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, worked to learn the truth about American soldiers missing in Vietnam and to normalize relations with that country. Feb. 2013, sworn in as the 68th US Secretary of State. Author: A Call to Service: My Vision for a Better America; This Moment on Earth. Recipient of honours: Silver Star; Bronze Star with Combat V; three Purple Hearts.