President Barack Obama has nominated Senator John Kerry to be the next Secretary of State on Friday.
It comes as Hilary Clinton recently announced she would step down after Obama’s inauguration. Kerry is noted for his experience and relationship building skills that could help him succeed the outgoing Hilary Clinton.
“There are very few people with greater experience over a longer period of time,” said Nicholas Burns, a former ambassador who has served under every secretary of state since Warren Christopher.
Kerry has won support from both Democrats and Republicans. Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell told CNN that he would be a popular choice with the Senate.
Kerry, who ran for president in 2004, was accused of being an Iraqi war defeatist because he was willing to talk to America’s adversaries, but has found his place under Obama as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
While Kerry is not particularly close to the President, he has a powerful voice outside the Obama administration. Kerry potentially faces a number of foreign policy crises, from the nuclear standoff with Iran to a civil war in Syria.