With only three dissenting votes, the U.S. Senate has confirmed John Kerry as the new Secretary of State, reports the Boston Herald.
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.
has announced he is running for the seat, while has hinted that he may run.
No Republican candidates have announced yet, although former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is still expected to enter the race.
As for an interim senator for Kerry's seat, Gov. Deval Patrick plans to announce his pick on Wednesday, Jan. 30, according to the Herald.
“I want to thank Senator Kerry for his decades of service to the people of Massachusetts. From his days as Lieutenant Governor to his nearly 30 years in the United States Senate, he has been our steadfast champion,” said Patrick in a statement. “I know that he will bring the dedication, intelligence, and passion to his new role that he brought to representing Massachusetts.”
Congressman John Tierney also offered similar praise of his fellow lawmaker.
“John Kerry has represented Massachusetts tremendously well...and it has been an honor and privilege to serve with him and work together to strengthen the middle class, support small businesses, and make sure our veterans get the assistance and services they need and deserve,” said Tierney in a statement.
“There is no question that John’s impressive military and public service career has prepared him well to succeed as our country’s top diplomat,” said Tierney.