John Forbes Kerry is the country's 68th secretary of state. Before he entered politics, he fought in the Vietnam War, and upon his return he was a spokesman for the Vietnam Veterans Against the War organization.

Left Photo - Photo from May 31, 1971 John Kerry and other protesting veterans are escorted by police from the Lexington Green. (AP Photo)

After protesting the Vietnam War, John Kerry entered politics, running for Congress in the Fifth District of Massachusetts, but subsequently lost his first outing due in part to "Lowell Watergate" scandal involving his brother Cameron and an accomplice who were arrested by Lowell police for breaking into adjoining offices of Anthony R. DiFruscia. The charges against Cameron Kerry of "breaking and entering with the intent to commit grand larceny" were later dismissed. Top right photo - John Kerry's political headquarters in Lowell were he in the same building as Democratic rival, Anthony R. DiFruscia. (AP Photo)

After Kerry's congressional defeat, he and his wife bought a house in Lowell and he entered Boston College Law School, went to work for a couple of humanitarian organizations, and eventually became a full-time prosecutor in the Middlesex County district attorney's office. Then in 1982 Kerry was elected lieutenant governor under Michael Dukakis.

Right middle photo - John Kerry hugs an unidentified woman during his lieutenant governor race. (Sun file photo/David H.


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After two years in office, and with Sen. Paul Tsongas of Lowell stepping down for health reasons, Kerry threw his hat in the ring for U.S. Senate. Bottom left photo - 1984 photo of John Kerry in Boston. (Sun file photo/David H. Brow) Bottom right photo - 2011 John Kerry applauds his campaign workers after being re-elected.(Sun file photo/Bill Bridgeford)

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