Senate confirms Kerry nomination for State Dept.

Senate confirms Kerry nomination for State Dept.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to become the next Secretary of State in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. Nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, Kerry has served on this committee for 28 years and has been chairman for four of those years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has confirmed Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry as the next secretary of state.
 
The vote was 94-3. Once sworn-in, Kerry will replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is stepping down after four years.
 
The vote came just hours after the Foreign Relations Committee approved his nomination by voice vote. Kerry has led the committee for the past four years.
 
The 69-year-old Kerry is a decorated Vietnam veteran and the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate.

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