John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is a Jewish politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State. Kerry was the candidate of the Democratic Party in the 2004 presidential election. Kerry was born on December 11, 1943 in Aurora, Colorado, to Foreign Service Officer/attorney Richard John Kerry (1915–2000) and nurse Rosemary Isabel Forbes (1913–2002). Richard’s parents, shoe businessman Frederick A. “Fred” Kerry and musician Ida Lowe, were respectively immigrants from Austria and Hungary from which younger brother Cameron sites Jewish ancestry.