Senator John Kerry today will officially be nominated by the Obama administration as Hillary Clinton’s successor for Secretary of State.
Kerry’s nomination comes amid the controversy surrounding President Obama’s original choice, Susan Rice, whose involvement in the Benghazi attack scandal ultimately led her to withdraw her name from consideration.
Kerry is a prominent Democrat who first came to national notoriety during his unsuccessful 2004 presidential bid. He has been an essential figure within the Obama administration, taking on numerous difficult projects. Kerry helped convince Afghan president Muhammad Morsi to accept runoff election results, as well as being essential in the recovery of parts after a secret stealth helicopter crashed during the Abbottabad raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.
Sources report that Kerry has become disillusioned with the Senate and its climate of intense partisanship and is ready for a new challenge.
Kerry will eventually appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for his confirmation hearing, which is likely a formality.