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John Kerry Confirmed As Secretary of State

Kerry will replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

With only three dissenting votes, the U.S. Senate has confirmed John Kerry as the new Secretary of State.

Kerry will take over for Hillary Clinton, who is leaving her post after four years.

The move means Kerry will have to resign as Massachusetts' senior senator. According to a Tweet from WCVB political reporter Janet Wu, Kerry's resignation has reportedly been sent to Gov. Deval Patrick and is effective as of 4 p.m. Friday.

Kerry's resignation now paves the way for a special senate election. The primary election is scheduled for April 30 and the general election will be held on June 25. 

To date, U.S. Congressman Ed Markey has announced he is running and U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch is reportedly planning a run. Both are Democrats; no Republican has yet announced.

As for an interim senator for Kerry's seat, Patrick plans to announce his pick on Wednesday, Jan. 30, according to the Boston Herald.

pmotw January 30, 2013 at 05:37 PM
What a disgrace. A liar and a cheat. Will Mr. Kerry now give Jane Fonda a position? Good news is he will not be our senator anymore. BTW, can anyone list five positive things he has done for Massachusetts over the years?
JT January 30, 2013 at 08:19 PM
LOL. I'm sure he won't lose a moment of sleep over your inane comments.
pmotw January 30, 2013 at 09:39 PM
So he's not a liar and a cheat? Are you so uninformed you need examples? I would never expect Mr. Kerry to loose sleep over anything the taxpayers are concerned about. He never has and never will. He is above us all and he's not afraid to remind us. If you can't specify FIVE things Mr. Kerry has done to help Massachusetts, then what good was he?
JT January 30, 2013 at 10:19 PM
I won't waste my time trying to educate fools.
pmotw January 31, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Great response. Provide no facts and throw in an insult. I hope no one flags your response as inappropriate so all readers can read it to form their own opinion on you.

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