Senate Confirms John Kerry As U.S. Secretary Of State Newscom ByIgor BobicPublishedJanuary 29, 2013, 4:39 PM EST The Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) as the nation's next secretary of state on Tuesday. The vote was 94 to 3. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) voted against confirmation. Kerry himself voted present.