Senate confirms Kerry as new secretary of state

Associated Press photo by J. Scott Applewhite -- Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., emerges after a unanimous vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approving him to become America's next top diplomat. He was confirmed by the entire Senate later Tuesday.   Show caption
Associated Press photo by J. Scott Applewhite -- Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., emerges after a unanimous vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approving him to become America's next top diplomat. He was confirmed by the entire Senate later Tuesday.

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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