Jan 29, 2013 10:10 AM by Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the nomination of Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state.
The action sends the nomination to the full Senate, which is expected to act swiftly on the choice.
Obama chose the five-term Massachusetts senator and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is stepping down after four years.
Kerry has served on the Foreign Relations panel for 28 years and led the committee for the last four. He is the son of a diplomat and a decorated Vietnam veteran.
Obama is overhauling his national security team. The president has nominated Chuck Hagel for defense secretary and John Brennan to serve as CIA director.
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