Kerry Confirmed as Secretary of State

    John Kerry

    Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has been confirmed by his Senate colleagues as the next Secretary of State, replacing Hillary Clinton.

    FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern reports from Washington:

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    The Senate has voted overwhelming to confirm John Kerry as the next Secretary of State; That vote was 94-3.  One Senator did vote "Present," that Present vote coming from Sen. John Kerry.

    The vote coming just hours after the Foreign Relations Committee approved Kerry's nomination by a voice vote.  Kerry has actually led that committee for the past four years; served on that Foreign Relations Committee for the better part of a quarter-century.  The 69-year-old Kerry: a decorated Vietnam veteran, the 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate and the next Secretary of State.

    Former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel will begin the process of being confirmed the next Secretary of Defense on Thursday.  Republican critics warn that confirmation will not be as easy a process.

    LISTEN as the Senate vote confirming John Kerry as Secretary of State is announced:

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    READ a statement from President Obama on Kerry's confirmation:

    "I am pleased that the Senate has confirmed John Kerry as our next Secretary of State with overwhelming bipartisan support. From his decorated service in Vietnam to his decades in the Senate as a champion of American global leadership, John's distinguished career has prepared him to guide American diplomacy in the years ahead.

    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. I look forward to his counsel and partnership in the years ahead as we ensure American leadership in the world and advance the interests and values that keep our nation strong."