President Obama has nominated John Kerry for secretary of state

December 21, 2012

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President Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next secretary of state. 

Kerry, who would succeed Hillary Clinton, was considered Obama’s top choice after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice removed herself from consideration last week. 

The Massachusetts lawmaker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has frequently advised Obama on foreign policy, and has bipartisan connections in the Senate.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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