Teresa Heinz Kerry

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Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferreira Heinz (born 1938-10-05) is an American philanthropist, the widow of the late U.S. Senator John Heinz and the wife of Senator John Kerry.


  • I think I can best do my work as a head of a family, as a nurturer, for the family, meaning a nurturer for Pittsburgh, and in that sense what we do here can be applicable in many places in the world.
    • Quoted in "Teresa Heinz: A Woman On A Mission," Harry Stoffer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1993-11-07
    • Explanation on announcing she would not run for her late husband John Heinz's Senate seat
  • Three more months!
    • Dan Balz, "Heinz Kerry Has Retort for Bush Fans," washingtonpost.com (2004-08-03)
    • From a campaign rally speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2004-08-02)


  • I'd like to be a dog. Wouldn't you like to be a dog? I would. Dogs are friendly.
    • When asked what kind of animal she'd like to be
  • I'm Nurse Fuzzy Wuzzy here, going "woo hoo."
    • When asked about John Kerry's health following surgery
  • Let me just say having been married to a Republican, wonderful man, who was the old kind of Republican that we used to have once upon a time, the Republicanism of this administration is neither Republican nor conservative. There are good people in both parties. These people are not Republicans.
    • Commenting on her decision to change parties in protest of what she saw as a smear campaign against Max Cleland's patriotism in the 2002 Georgia senatorial campaign.
  • To have a couple of people who escaped four, five, six times and deferred and deferred and deferred, calling him anything or doubting his heroism is in and of itself unpatriotic, unpatriotic, I refer to the vice president.

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