Kerry confirmed as Secretary of State

Posted on: 10:46 am, January 29, 2013, by , updated on: 04:04pm, January 29, 2013

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WASHINGTON—The Senate confirmed the president’s nomination of Sen. John Kerry to be Secretary of State.

The vote was almost unanimous, with three Republicans voting against Kerry as a nominee, including Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe.

Tuesday’s vote sets the stage for Kerry’s resignation from the Senate, where he has served for 28 years.

He announced that he would appoint an interim Senator Wednesday with his resignation going into effect on Friday.

The special election to fill Kerry’s seat in the U.S. Senate will be in late June.

Sen. Kerry will replace outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.