John Kerry is America's new chief diplomat. The Senate Tuesday confirmed the longtime Massachusetts senator and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee 94-3.
The move brings to an end 28 years of service in the Senate for Kerry, who has been chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He succeeds Hillary Clinton, the former first lady, New York senator and herself an unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a fellow Democrat, will appoint an interim successor to Kerry. A special election will then be held to complete the final year-and-a-half or so of Kerry's term.
"Look for @MassGovernor to name interim senator Weds AM. Former top aide Mo Cowan? Carole Fulp tweeted CNN reporter John King (@JohnKingCNN).