Kerry wins confirmation, will become 68th secretary of state

The nomination of Massachusetts Democratic Senator John F Kerry (above), has been approved by the U.S Senate. [ photo: Boston Globe]

[ photo: Boston Globe] 

With broad bipartisan support, the U.S Senate on Tuesday confirmed Sen. John F Kerry (D-Mass) as the next Secretary of State.

The final tally was 94-3, with three Republicans : Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and James Inhofe of Oklahoma opposing the nomination. Senators John Hooven (R-N.D.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash) were absent from the floor, while Kerry himself voted present in a vote that caps  over a quarter century in the Senate.

Kerry, a decorated Vietnam War Veteran, five-term Senator, and the 2004  Democratic presidential candidate, was nominated by President Obama last month to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as the President’s chief foreign policy adviser in his second term cabinet. Earlier in the day, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee which Kerry currently chairs and has been a member of since 1985 when he first arrived in the Senate, voted  unanimously to back the nomination.

“John Kerry is a true statesman and he will be an extraordinary Secretary of State,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) in an email to her supporters.  “I’m deeply grateful for his support, his encouragement, and most of all, his leadership.”

Warren will nw become the state’s senior senator upon Kerry’s resignation, just three weeks after being sworn in as a newly elected Senator> Warren, a former consumer advocate unseated Republican Scott Brown in November. Brown is thought to be eyeing Kerry’s seat in the upcoming special election.

Kerry will faces a multiple challenges as he takes the helm as America’s top diplomat, including a North Korea widely thought to be laying the ground work for its third nuclear missile test, a nearly two years old civil war in Syria, a resurgence of Islamic militancy in northern Africa, strained U.S-Israeli relations, and growing unrest in Egypt, just to name  a few.

Before being  formally sworn in Friday, Kerry will send his  letter of resignation to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick who will then select a replacement to fill the seat until a special election is held on June 25. So far, only one candidate Democratic Congressman Ed Markey of Malden has announced his candidacy.

Will be launching a new blog dedicated solely to the Massachusetts Senate Race


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