Senator John Kerry (D-MA) has been confirmed by his soon-to-be-former colleagues for the post of Secretary of State, where he will succeed another former Senator, Hillary Clinton (D-NY). The vote was 94-3, with John Cornyn (R-TX), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and James Inhofe (R-OK) voting "no". By assuming the leadership of the State Department, Kerry will end his long career in the Senate, which started on January 3, 1985. During the two years prior to joining the Senate, he had served as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. In 2004, he was the Democrat nominee for President, but lost to then-incumbent George W. Bush. During that campaign, he faced stiff opposition from some of his fellow Swift Boat veterans.
John Kerry served in the Navy during the Viet Nam war, achieving the rank of Lieutenant and garnering several medals including three Purple Hearts, but after his discharge from active duty, joined the anti-war movement. In 1971, he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he accused (or relayed accusations against) the American military of various atrocities, likening some of their alleged actions to those of Genghis Khan. Kerry is also said to have thrown away his medals, but they have nevertheless been seen in his Senate office.
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