U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement today on John Kerry's confirmation to Secretary of State:
"John Kerry is uniquely qualified to serve as our country's Secretary of State. Over four decades of public service, from the battlefields of Vietnam to the floor of the United States Senate, he has established his credentials as one of our country's brightest statesmen. America is exceptional because it does exceptional things, as John likes to say. But it does exceptional things because it has exceptional men like John."
"We will miss him as a veteran senator in the United States Senate, but we know John will continue to serve our country diligently as our next Secretary of State."