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Senate Overwhelmingly OKs John Kerry For Secretary Of State

John Kerry
John Kerry

By a 94-3 vote on Tuesday, the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

Reuters reports the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a panel Kerry chaired for four years prior to the nomination, unanimously approved Kerry’s nomination earlier in the day.

Patricia Zengerle writes two of President Barack Obama’s other nominees — Chuck Hagel for defense secretary and John Brennan for CIA director — are facing confirmation hearings this week and next.

Hagel is scheduled to face a Senate panel Thursday and Brennan will have his hearing Feb. 7, Zengerle reports.

Clinton’s last day at the State Department will be Friday.

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