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In Kerry’s Departure From Senate, Device Industry Will Lose A Well-Positioned Friend

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., has been a strong advocate for the medical imaging and device industries. His expected departure to become secretary of state could leave a hole on the critical Senate Finance Committee.

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