Kerry, who has been general counsel at Commerce since 2009, stepped into a new role as acting secretary in June 2013 pending the Senate's approval of Obama's nomination of Penny Pritzker. As general counsel, Kerry oversees 325 lawyers who provide legal advice on a diverse set of issues, including patents, trade law, fisheries regulation, and the annual census. He chaired the White House subcommittee that drafted the administration's privacy blueprint, and he's been active in discussions with European Union officials as the E.U. takes up new privacy regulations. Kerry practiced communications law for more than three decades, tackling areas such as telecommunications, environmental law, and insurance regulation. He was a partner at the Boston office of Mintz Levin and an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Kerry also taught telecommunications law at Suffolk University Law School. He received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his law degree from Boston College. Kerry, 62, is the younger brother of Secretary of State John Kerry, and served as a senior adviser and national surrogate for Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. He even pursued a political career himself, having actively sought the Massachusetts secretary of state position in 2005; he eventually decided against it after the incumbent remained in office. Kerry is an avid cyclist and often rides his bike to work.
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