Kerry confirmed by Senate colleagues as secretary of state

Kerry confirmed by Senate colleagues as secretary of state

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 10:42am

John Kerry was overwhelmingly confirmed Tuesday as the 68th secretary of state by his colleagues in the U.S. Senate.

The vote was 94-3, with Republican Senators John Cornyn, Ted Cruz and James Inhoffe voting no. Kerry voted present on his own nomination.

Earlier in the day he received the nod of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The panel approved his nomination unanimously by a voice vote.

Kerry, the longtime senator from Massachusetts and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, has served on the committee for decades and was the panel's chairman the past four years.

President Barack Obama last month nominated Kerry to succeed outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the country's top diplomat.

Kerry's confirmation makes him the first new member of Obama's second-term cabinet to be installed.

Obama has also nominated candidates to lead the departments of defense and treasury.

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Now, all that needs to be done is for the Mass. governor to appoint Barney Franks to finish out Kerry's term...know that will fry East Texans' hearts, since Mr. Franks is gay, and proud of the years of service he's given for his state and this country...he has been a champion for the rights of all citizens...Kerry will, indeed, make a great Secretary of State! As to Cruz voting against Kerry, this clown never got even close to wearing a uniform in the service of this air & stupid!

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