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John Kerry clears foreign relations committee

11:07 AM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
Senator John Kerry leaves a Senate Foreign Relations Committee markup after they held a vote on Kerry as Secretary of State, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 29, 2013. The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved Tuesday Senator John Kerry's nomination as secretary of state, succeeding Hillary Clinton, a senator said. Senator Barbara Boxer told reporters that Kerry, who is the committee's chairman but did not vote, received the unanimous vote of his colleagues. H
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WASHINGTON-Sen. John Kerry won unanimous approval from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday to become the next Secretary of State.

Kerry, the longtime Massachusetts law

maker, could get a vote from the full Senate as early as later today.

Once Kerry is confirmed, he's expected to immediately tender his resignation from the Senate. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said on Monday he's all-but-decided on who he will appoint to temporarily succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.

A special election for the rest of Kerry's term, which expires in 2014, will be held June 25. Primaries will be held April. 30.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's last day on the job is Friday.

Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY

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