John Kerry Confirmed As 68th Secretary Of State
The Senate voted 94 to 3 Tuesday to approve Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) as the next secretary of state, with bipartisan tributes and a few words of caution.
Kerry is set to formally take over from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday, becoming the 68th top U.S. diplomat and the first white male to hold the post since Warren Christopher in 1997.
The three “No” votes came from Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas, and from Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe. Kerry, in keeping with Senate tradition, voted “present.”