The following is a statement from Governor Patrick:
"On behalf of the entire Commonwealth, I want to extend my congratulations to Senator Kerry on his confirmation as our nation's next Secretary of State. In particular, I want to thank Senator Kerry for his decades of service to the people of Massachusetts. From his days as Lieutenant Governor to his nearly thirty years in the United States Senate, he has been our steadfast champion. I know that he will bring the dedication, intelligence, and passion to his new role that he brought to representing Massachusetts. We are sad to lose him as our Senator, but excited about and grateful for his service to the Nation on the international stage."