Senate Approves Kerry For Secretary of State

The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Obama’s choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The vote Tuesday was 94-3. One senator — Kerry — voted present and accepted congratulations from colleagues on the Senate floor. The roll call came just hours after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved the man who has led the panel for the past four years.


Kerry could be sworn in as early as Wednesday. A welcoming ceremony is planned at the State Department on Monday.

Obama tapped Kerry, 69, the son of a diplomat, decorated Vietnam veteran and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, to succeed Clinton, who is stepping down after four years. The Massachusetts Democrat, who had pined for the job but was passed over in 2009, has served as Obama’s unofficial envoy, smoothing fractious ties with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“Sen. Kerry will need no introduction to the world’s political and military leaders and will begin Day One fully conversant not only with the intricacies of U.S. foreign policy, but able to act on a multitude of international stages,” said Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who will succeed Kerry as committee chairman.

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  • CSN

    Every Republican in the Senate should have either voted No or just present, to show disdain for this anti-American who claims he’s an American.

  • SmithWinston6478

    So now we have a Trojan Horse saboteur and wannabe dictator at the helm, and a lying traitor as his secretary of state. The shame I feel for my country continues to grow.
    “The accumulation of all powers – legislative, executive, and judiciary – in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” – President James Madison

  • Carlos Ramos

    “The accumulation of all powers – legislative, executive, and judiciary -in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether
    hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the
    very definition of tyranny.” – President James Madison