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John Kerry nominated for secretary of state
2012-12-21 11:02:53 | (0 Comments)
(AP) — President Barack Obama will nominate Senator John Kerry today, as his next secretary of state, a senior administration official said.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry - AP Photo.
If confirmed, Kerry would take the helm at the State Department from outgoing Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has long stated her intentions to leave early next year.
Kerry, a longtime Massachusetts senator, is expected to be easily approved for the Cabinet post by his longtime Capitol Hill colleagues.
Obama will announce Kerry's nomination from the White House, said the official, who requested anonymity in order to discuss the president's decision before the announcement.
It was unclear whether Clinton would attend the announcement. The secretary fell and suffered a concussion last week, State Department officials said, and hasn't made public appearances since then.
Kerry's nomination could bring to a close what has become for the White House a contentious and distracting effort to name a new secretary of state.
Kerry was the Democratic nominee for president in 2004, losing a close election to incumbent George W. Bush.
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