Newly sworn in Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for work for the first time Monday, greeted by cheering State Department workers.
The former senior senator from Massachusetts, Kerry is the first sitting chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to become secretary in more than a century. Kerry succeeded retiring secretary Hillary Clinton. There will now be a special election in Massachusetts to elect a senator to fill the remaining years of Kerry’s Senate term.
“I want to thank President Obama for his trust in me to take on this awesome task, and for his trust in you, every single one of you, and what you do every single day,” he told State employees.
Kerry also joked how he is the first man to head up State in eight years, following Clinton, and before that, Bush administration appointee Condoleeza Rice. “As the saying goes, I have big heels to fill,” Kerry said to laughter.
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