AGE-BIRTH DATE—69; Dec. 11, 1943.
EDUCATION—Bachelor's degree, political science, Yale University, 1966; law degree, Boston College, 1976.
EXPERIENCE—U.S. Senate, 1985-present; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for president, 2004; Massachusetts lieutenant governor, 1983-1985; lawyer in private practice, 1979-1982; Middlesex County, Mass., prosecutor, 1976-1978; spokesman, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, 1971; Navy officer, awarded Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat "V," three Purple Hearts for Vietnam War service, 1966-1970.
FAMILY—Wife, Teresa Heinz; two children, three stepchildren, two grandchildren.
QUOTE—"The president's relentless pursuit of bin Laden and the al-Qaida network is a significant accomplishment. It has transformed the post-9/11 world into one where counterterrorism efforts are important but not the sole driver of our national security policy. The fear doctrine of the previous administration, adopted by Obama's critics, has been replaced by a more optimistic outlook born of a successful counterterrorism strategy." —Kerry to Foreign Policy magazine, September 2012.