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John Kerry Sworn-In As the 68th Secretary of State of the United States

Mar 5, 2013 10:18 IST

John KerryJohn Kerry was sworn-in as the 68th Secretary of State of the United States on 1 February 2013. With the consent of the Senate, John Kerry was appointed as the Chief Foreign Affairs Adviser of the President. John Kerry succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Secretary of State has the role of carrying out the foreign policies of the President through the State Department that encompasses Civil Service, Foreign Service and U.S. Agency for International Development.

Under the Article II of US Constitution, the President has an authority to nominate any candidate for the Cabinet posts. The Senate thereafter, accepts or rejects the candidate. John Kerry was appointed with the consent of the Senate.

About John Kerry

• John Kerry was born in Colorado on 11 December 1943.
• He was elected as the Lieutenant Governor in 1982.
• In 1984, he was elected to the United States Senate. He won re-election for four times since then.
• At present, John Kerry is the 10th most senior Senator in US as well as the second longest serving Senator in the office.

• He held senior positions in the Senate in Commerce, Finance as well as Small Business Committees.

• In 2004, John Kerry contested in the Presidential elections against George Bush. John Kerry was the nominee of the Democratic Party and he lost closely in the Presidential Elections.

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