In this June 15, 2010 file photo, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. takes part in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Drew Angerer, File)
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Senate confirms Kerry nomination for State Dept.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has confirmed Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry as the next secretary of state.

The vote was 94-3. Once sworn-in, Kerry will replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is stepping down after four years.

The vote came just hours after the Foreign Relations Committee approved his nomination by voice vote. Kerry has led the committee for the past four years.

The 69-year-old Kerry is a decorated Vietnam veteran and the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate.

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