U.S. Senate (D-MA)
John Kerry, Massachusetts’s junior senator and the Democratic nominee for president in 2004, has been a figure in national politics going back to 1971. Kerry was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and has won reelection three-times since. He is now serving his fourth term, after winning again in 2002. Kerry is the Chairman of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee and also serves on the Commerce, Science & Transportation, Finance, and Foreign Relations Committees.
Kerry has developed a strong record on immigrant rights. He voted in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. The legislation would expedite the reunification of families currently awaiting visas and increases employment-based sponsorships, measures that would positively impact some of the immigration related concerns of the Iranian American community. Kerry is a cosponsor of the Dream Act, which would provide undocumented high school students the opportunity to obtain permanent residency. The students must be planning to attend college or serve in the armed forces to become eligible for permanent.
In response to revelations that the Bush Administration is considering the establishment of a U.S. Interest Section in Iran, a group of Democratic senators led by Kerry sent a letter on July 24, 2008 to the President to offer congressional support for a limited U.S. diplomatic presence in Iran. “By establishing direct contact with the people of Iran, facilitating their travel to America, and increasing our understanding of Iran’s complicated domestic politics, this initiative will advance our national interests,” the letter read. While IAPAC is focused on domestic affairs as they relate to the Iranian American community, and is not a platform for promoting foreign policy, we recognize that the establishment of a U.S. interests section in Iran would have great practical benefits for Americans, including Iranian Americans.
First Elected: 1984
Committees: Commerce, Science & Transportation; Finance; Foreign Relations; Small business & Entrepreneurship (Chair)
Prev. Occupation: Attorney
Prev. Political Exp.: MA Lt. Governor, 1982-84
Education: BA Yale University, 1966; JD Boston College, 1976