Category: US Politics / January 24, 2013 1:44 PM EST
President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of State John Kerry began the confirmation process on Thursday (January 24) with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, one he has chaired for the last four years.
Obama nominated the Massachusetts senator to succeed Hillary Clinton as the country's top diplomat last month, after Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, withdrew from consideration amid scathing Republican criticism of her handling of a September attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The five-term U.S. senator and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee is expected to sail through the confirmation process. He could start his new job early next month.