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  Heinz Kerry, Teresa
NameTeresa Heinz Kerry
Boston, Massachusetts , United States
Born October 05, 1938 (79 years)
Last ModifedIndyGeorgia
Jun 12, 2010 05:04pm
Tags African - Caucasian - Portuguese - Moderate-to-Liberal - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Pro Environment - Pro-Choice - Married - Widowed - Catholic - Christian - Straight -
InfoTeresa Heinz Kerry brings extraordinary ability, experience, and accomplishment, to her husband�s campaign for President. Her extensive philanthropic work finding solutions to many of the most pressing challenges facing our nation, demonstrates she will be a leader helping our nation explore these issues, such as protecting the environment, our children, and the rights of women. She has been a fighter for human rights, and a strong supporter of the arts.

Born in Mozambique, fluent in several languages, she has combined compassion and common sense to become a force for innovation and social progress as leader of one of the nation's large private foundations. After studying at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and the University of Geneva, she moved to the United States and got a job working for the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations. In 1966, she married Senator John Heinz whom she met when they were graduate students and with whom she had three sons. Shortly after celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in 1991, she lost her husband in a plane crash.

Turning down offers to seek election to her husband's Senate seat to take care of her sons, family and professional responsibilities, she became chairman of The Howard Heinz Endowment and the Heinz Family Philanthropies. Under her leadership, the Heinz foundations are widely known for developing innovative strategies to protect the environment, improve education and the lives of young children, reduce the cost of prescription drugs, promote the arts and help women achieve financial economic security. She established the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement in 1996 to educate women about pensions, savings, and retirement security.

Their mutual interest in environmental issues brought Teresa and John together. She was first introduced to John Kerry by Senator Heinz at an Earth Day rally in 1990. In 1992, she met Kerry again at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro when President George H. W. Bush appointed her as part of a State Department Delegation representing U.S. non-governmental organizations. She and Sen. Kerry were married in the presence of her three sons and his two daughters on Memorial Day weekend in 1995. Teresa has received numerous awards and 10 honorary degrees for her many works. In September of last year, she was presented with the Albert Schweitzer Gold Medal for Humanitarianism, for her work protecting the environment, promoting health care and education and uplifting women and children throughout the world. She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001.

In addition to her three sons and two step-daughters, Teresa is the almost inordinately (but understandably) proud grandmother of one grandchild.

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06/08/2004-06/09/2004 FOX News 25.00% ( 0.0) 18.00% ( 0.0) 36.00% ( 0.0)

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Dec 23, 2009 09:00am News Teresa Heinz Kerry Says She's Battling Breast Cancer  Article Monsieur 
Oct 20, 2004 12:00am Statement Heinz Kerry Separates Self From Mrs. Bush  Article None Entered 
Sep 23, 2004 12:00am Commentary Teresa: We're Down in Arizona? Who Cares?  Article Tony82 
Sep 15, 2004 12:00am News Heinz Kerry Visits Hurricane Aid Center  Article COSDem 
Sep 09, 2004 12:00am Idiocy Heinz Kerry: Opponents of health care plan are 'idiots'  Article Servo 
Aug 03, 2004 12:00am Scandal 'Shove it' still reverberating  Article None Entered 
Jul 26, 2004 12:00am Interview Show and Tell  Article COSDem 
Mar 07, 2004 12:00am News Right zooms in on Heinz grants  Article User 13 
Dec 11, 2003 12:00am Perspective The "Mother" of All House Parties  Article Eddie 
Jun 22, 2003 12:00am General John Kerry’s Secret Ingredient  Article COSDem 
May 15, 2003 04:34pm General Speaking Her Mind, Using Her Checkbook  Article COSDem 

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Husband H. John Heinz III Feb 05, 1966-Apr 04, 1991
Husband John Kerry May 26, 1995-
Son H. John Heinz, IV 1966-
Son André Heinz 1969-
Son Christopher D. Heinz 1973-
Mother In-Law Rosemary Forbes Kerry 1913-2002
Stepdaughter Alexandra Kerry 1973-
Stepdaughter Vanessa Kerry 1976-

  11/02/2004 US First Lady Lost 46.65% (-6.51%)
  07/29/2004 US First Lady - D 2004 Won 99.14% (+98.28%)
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