• Senate approves John Kerry nomination for secretary of state


    BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) John Kerry has been confirmed as the next secretary of state of the United States.

    Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously Tuesday morning to recommend to the full Senate Kerry's nomination to the secretary of state post by President Barack Obama. Hours later, the full Senate voted 94-3 to approve the nomination.

    Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. John Cornyn, both of Texas, as well as Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma all cast "no" votes for the nomination.

    The confirmation comes over a month after Obama nominated Massachusetts' senior senator.

    Kerry, who served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as senator for 28 years, leaves the senior senator status to Sen. Elizabeth Warren who was sworn in to the Senate on Jan. 3.

    Hillary Clinton's last day as secretary of state will be on Friday, at which time Kerry will assume the post.

    Former Rep. Barney Frank has expressed interest in being named Kerry's temporary successor. Gov. Deval Patrick said Rep. Frank would make a "great interim senator," but he admits that he has also talked to other people about filling the post.

    Gov. Patrick is expected to announce the interim senator on Wednesday.

    A special election is expected to be held in 140 to 160 days.

    In December, Congressman Ed Markey announced plans to run in the special election.

    The special election for Kerry's seat is expected to be crowded, especially among Democrats, who have no clear front-runner. Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch has expressed interest in the race, while Scott Brown is reportedly weighing a run on the Republican side. 

    Stay with FOX 25 and MyFoxBoston.com as we wait to learn who will be named interim senator and as we continue to follow the upcoming special election.

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