Senate confirms Kerry as secretary of state

By DONNA CASSATA | Published: January 30, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Barack Obama’s choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The vote was 94-3.

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, was among the three casting no votes.

Inhofe said he has disagreed with Kerry on major issues dating to the U.S. policy in Central America in the 1980s.

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