Senate confirms Kerry nomination for Secretary of State

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U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) speaks to the press after a mark up hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee to vote on the nomination of Kerry to be Secretary of State on January 29, 2013. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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by DONNA CASSATA

Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 29 at 4:53 PM

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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