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John Kerry Confirmed As Secretary of State, Tsongas Applauds Decision

Kerry will replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

With only three dissenting votes, the U.S. Senate has confirmed John Kerry as the new Secretary of State.

Kerry will take over for Hillary Clinton, who is leaving her post after four years.

The move means Kerry will have to resign as a senator soon paving the way for a special senate election. The primary election is scheduled for April 30 and the general election will be held on June 25. 

Chelmsford's congresswoman, Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell), applauded the decision earlier today.

“With his exceptional standing among world leaders and vast experience dealing with delicate and vital foreign policy issues, there is no one more prepared or qualified for this position than John Kerry," said Tsongas. "Serving as Secretary of State will allow him to continue his service to our nation and to the world; service he has performed honorably and with great distinction for so many years."

has announced he is running for the seat. has hinted that he may run. 

As for an interim senator for Kerry's seat, Gov. Deval Patrick plans to announce his pick on Wednesday, Jan. 30, according to the Boston Herald.

Who will Governor Patrick pick? Tell us in the comments.

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