John Forbes Kerry is the junior Senator from Massachusetts, serving from 1985. Prior to his Senatorial career, he was a prosecutor and was the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts from 1982 to 1984. He serves alongside longtime senator Edward Kennedy.
In the Senate, he was memorable for his investigation of the Iran-Contra scandal, in which President Ronald Reagan reportedly sold weapons to Iran in order to secretly bankroll the rebelling Contra forces in Nicaragua. Together with Senator Jesse Helms, his ideological foe, he investigated the alleged drug-smuggling activities of the Nicaraguan Contras.