Senate Votes to Confirm Kerry as Secretary of State

Published 01/29 2013 03:47PM

Updated 01/29 2013 03:50PM

The Senate confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination of Sen. John Kerry, D- Mass, to be secretary of state Tuesday. The vote was 94 to 3, with three Republicans - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. - voting against him.

"Sen. Kerry has a long history of liberal positions that are not consistent with a majority of Texans," said Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie.

Kerry stood on the Senate floor as his colleagues voted on his confirmation. Kerry himself voted "present."

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, replacing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.

Tuesday's vote sets the stage for Kerry's resignation from the Senate where he has served for 28 years. A special election will be held in Massachusetts, probably in June, to replace him.

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