Secretary of State John Kerry

John F. Kerry

The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President's chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President's foreign policies through the State Department, which includes the Foreign Service, Civil Service, and U.S. Agency for International Development. On February 1, 2013, John Kerry was sworn in as the 68th Secretary of State of the United States.

In the News

A Conversation With John Kerry: Diplomacy in an Era of Disruption

Date: 01/17/2017 Description: Secretary Kerry Speaks With New York Times Columnist Friedman at the World Economic Forum in Davos - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Jan. 17): "The United States of America has been more engaged on more issues with more crises simultaneously and with greater outcomes and consequence to that engagement on a global basis than at any time in American history." Full Text» Trip Page»

Climate Change

Date: 01/09/2017 Description: Secretary Kerry Delivers a Speech on Climate Change at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry (Jan 9): "Glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate. Sea levels are rising three times faster than they did in the 20th century. The kind of intense storms that used to happen only twice or three times in a millennium are now becoming almost normal." Full Text