Senate Confirms Max Baucus As Ambassador To China

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The Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to confirm Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) as the next U.S. Ambassador to China.

The vote was 96-0.

Baucus, 72, has served in the Senate since 1978, and rose to become the Chairman of the powerful Finance Committee. Next in line to succeed him in that role is Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).

A tearful Baucus delivered his farewell address on the Senate floor shortly after. He announced last year he won’t seek re-election in 2014.