By a vote of 94 to 3, Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., was confirmed by the US Senate to be the next Secretary of State. Having been elected Senator of Massachusetts for five terms, Sen. Kerry’s experience as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the past four years has prepared him well for his next role on the global stage.
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A former member of the US Navy, Kerry completed two tours of duty in Vietnam. After returning home, he was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1982 before entering the US Senate. Through his leadership in Congress, Kerry has become a trusted figure in international affairs and foreign policy. His work as an informal special White House envoy to both Afghanistan and Pakistan has proven his strength as a diplomat. He helped coordinate the US response to 9/11 and subsequent policies toward Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East peace process.
We here at ONE believe Senator Kerry will make an excellent Secretary of State – and one who understands our concerns. As the Senator stated in the opening statement at his confirmation hearing, “American foreign policy is also defined by food security and energy security, humanitarian assistance, the fight against disease and the push for development, as much as it is by any single counter terrorism initiative – and it must be.” In a February 2012 op-ed he wrote for the Wall Street Journal, Senator Kerry stated that “energetic global leadership is a strategic imperative for America, not a favor we do for other countries.”
Kerry has consistently spoken out in support of our issues and the importance of humanitarian assistance in achieving national security. Members of his office have even met with ONE volunteers to discuss the importance of funding cost-effective development programs and he gave us a shout out in a speech a few years back, encouraging the audience to join ONE in our efforts to end global poverty and preventable disease. Watch a video of Kerry speaking with a ONE member here.
We’re looking forward to working with the new Secretary of State as we continue the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease – it’s a fight he’s been instrumental at waging from the halls of the Senate, and one we know he’ll continue.