Mark Udall, who serves on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, welcomed the confirmation of John Kerry today to be the next Secretary of State. Udall said he looks forward to working with Kerry to ensure the United States is strategically and economically well positioned in the world.
"This country faces a number of immediate challenges to our national security in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia -- as well as longer-term strategic challenges in the Asia-Pacific. From diplomacy to trade negotiations, the State Department is charged with addressing these challenges and protecting U.S. strategic interests while also fostering job creation and economic growth in Colorado and across the country," Udall said. "Senator Kerry has been a strong voice in the U.S. Senate for pursuing a smart, but tough foreign policy. As someone who has worked well with both Democrats and Republicans throughout his decades of service in the Senate, he understands the importance of advancing U.S. policy that serves the interests of all Americans. I look forward to working with him in this new role to ensure that the United States builds a future that is more secure and prosperous for all."