The United States Senate officially confirmed Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as the next Secretary of State today in a nearly unanimous vote.
The vote for Kerry was 94-3, with only Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., and Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., voting against him. Kerry himself voted “present.”
Kerry’s swearing-in will likely take place this week. Hillary Clinton’s final day as Secretary of State is slated to be Friday.
The impending departure of Kerry from the Senate will likely set off a flurry of political moves in Massachusetts. The state’s governor, Democrat Deval Patrick, will announce his interim senator pick tomorrow, and has set a special election for the seat to be held on June 25, with a primary on April 30.
Republican will undoubtedly be excited by the chance to run former Sen. Scott Brown for Kerry’s seat. Despite his loss to Elizabeth Warren this past fall, he was a popular candidate and has plenty of name recognition in the state. The Democrats have one candidate who has already declared, Rep. Ed Markey, but they would probably prefer someone with a little more name recognition run in the primary as well. They’re hoping a primary race will temper their chosen candidate and bring some attention to their party as well.
— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPolitics Editor
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