John Kerry Confirmed As Secretary of State


(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The United States Senate confirmed Senator John Kerry as the next Secretary of State on Tuesday afternoon, by an overwhelming 94-3 margin. After serving in the Senate and on the Foreign Relations committee for the past 28 years, Kerry will assume the cabinet position this Friday following Hillary Clinton’s departure.

After gaining unanimous support from the committee earlier in the day, Kerry faced virtually no obstacles in the final Senate vote. The three votes against him came from Texas Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, along with Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

Kerry enters the State Department facing a multitude of challenges: the continued crisis in Syria, continued Islamist pressure in Mali, nuclear threats from North Korea, and the increasing hostility between Iran and Israel.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who will take Kerry’s seat as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, praised Kerry, saying, “Sen. Kerry will need no introduction to the world’s political and military leaders and will begin day one fully conversant not only with the intricacies of U.S. foreign policy, but able to act on a multitude of international stages.”

Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick will announce his interim selection for Kerry’s Senate seat tomorrow, and a special election for a full term will be held this summer.


Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Janae Shamp

Arizona state Sen. Janae Shamp

Arizona state Sen. Janae Shamp has promoted antisemitic influencers on her Facebook page. Her sources include a neo-Nazi who previously said he wants a picture of Adolf Hitler in “every classroom”; a Gab user who urged readers to “Fight the Jews on Every Single Issue”; a QAnon influencer who dreamed of the day that Jewish people would be “gone”; and a neo-Nazi radio host who served a prison sentence for issuing violent threats.

Keep reading...Show less
{{ }}