W.Va. senators praise Kerry’s confirmation

PARKERSBURG – West Virginia’s two U.S. senators have praised the confirmation of John Kerry as the next Secretary of State.

Kerry, a senator from Massachusetts, was confirmed on Tuesday by a 94-3 vote. Three Republicans voted against, John Cornyn of Texas, Ted Cruz of Texas and James Inhofe of Oklahoma.

“John Kerry is uniquely qualified to serve as our country’s Secretary of State,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said.

“Over four decades of public service, from the battlefields of Vietnam to the floor of the United States Senate, he has established his credentials as one of our country’s brightest statesmen,” Manchin said. “America is exceptional because it does exceptional things, as John likes to say. But it does exceptional things because it has exceptional men like John.”

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said Kerry was a proven leader, an admired public servant and an expert on foreign affairs with strong credibility and stature across the globe.

“We know we have a brilliant and focused Secretary of State to follow in the footsteps of Secretary Clinton, who has proven herself as one of the most capable Secretaries of State this country has ever known,” Rockefeller said.

Also voting in favor of the confirmation were Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Republican and Democrat, respectively.