Secretary John F. Kerry
Secretary John F. Kerry

68th U.S. Secretary of State



On January 20, 2021, John F. Kerry was sworn in as our nation’s first Special Presidential Envoy for
Climate and the first-ever Principal to sit on the National Security Council entirely dedicated to climate
change. President Biden announced Kerry would have a seat at every table around the world as he
combats the climate crisis to meet the existential threat that we face. In recent years, Kerry was the
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s first ever Visiting Distinguished Statesman, following his
four years as the 68th United States Secretary of State. As America’s top diplomat, he guided the
Department’s strategy on nuclear nonproliferation, combating radical extremism, and the threat of
climate change. His tenure was marked by the successful negotiation of the Iran nuclear deal and the
Paris Climate Agreement. From 1985 to 2013, he served as a U.S. Senator representing Massachusetts,
and was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2009 to 2013. Secretary Kerry served
in the U.S. Navy, completing two combat tours of duty in Vietnam for which he received a Silver Star, a
Bronze Star with Combat V, and three Purple Hearts. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale
University and his law degree from Boston College Law School. Secretary Kerry is the best-selling author
of A Call to Service, This Moment on Earth with his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry, and his 2018 memoir, Every
Day Is Extra, which The New York Times described as “a bittersweet reminder of what the country once
demanded of its leaders.” Secretary Kerry was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the
United States in 2004.