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Report: Menendez Likely Next Senate Foreign Relations Chair

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Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) will likely chair the Foreign Relations Committee if Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is nominated to serve as secretary of state, The Hill newspaper reports.

Kerry has chaired the panel since 2009 and is reportedly the frontrunner to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

Julian Pecquet writes the move would occur if Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) chooses to remain as chair the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which she has led since 2007.

Menendez has advocated for the U.S. toughening its stance against Iran and worked with Sen. Ron Kirk (R-Ill.) to include an amendment in the defense authorization bill targeting the Central Bank of Iran, according to Pecquet.

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