Kerry Confirmed as Secretary of State

Sen. John F. Kerry won all but three Republican votes to be secretary of State

Source: LA Times

By Paul Richter and Michael A. Memoli

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of State, filling a crucial national security spot in President Obama’s second-term Cabinet.

Kerry, who ran for president as the Democratic nominee in 2004, will replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who steps down as America’s top diplomat Friday.

After the 94-3 vote, Kerry submitted a letter of resignation, effective Friday, to give up the Senate seat he has held since 1985. He will take the oath of office in a private ceremony.

In a White House statement, Obama praised Kerry as “a champion of American global leadership.”

“John has earned the respect of leaders around the world and the confidence of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, and I am confident he will make an extraordinary secretary of State,” Obama said.

Obama’s nominee for secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has his confirmation hearing Thursday. Unlike Kerry, the former Republican senator from Nebraska is expected to face considerable opposition in the Senate. – Read the full article