The U.S. Senate has confirmed U.S. Sen. John Kerry as the new Secretary of State.
With only three dissenting votes, the Senate vote came on Tuesday afternoon.
Kerry will take over for Hillary Clinton, who is leaving her post after four years.
Kerry will have to resign as a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, paving the way for a special senate election. The primary election is scheduled for April 30 and the general election will be held on June 25.
has announced he is running for the seat. has hinted that he may run.
As for an interim senator for Kerry's seat, Gov. Deval Patrick plans to announce his pick on Wednesday, Jan. 30, according to the Boston Herald.