Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) gives his opening remarks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the September 11th attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, on Capitol Hill, December 20, 2012 in Washington, DC.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. as his next secretary of state.
The President made the announcement at a White House with the Senator and Vice President at his side.
His "life has prepared him for this role," said President Obama.
Kerry's nomination marks Obama's first move in a sweeping overhaul of his national security team heading into a second term.
If confirmed, Kerry will take the helm at the State Department from outgoing Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Massachusetts senator is expected to be easily approved for the Cabinet post by his longtime Capitol Hill colleagues.
Kerry leapt to the front of Obama's list for the State Department job after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration last week.
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