WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today on his vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to confirm Sen. John Kerry as Secretary of State:
"I am confident John Kerry will serve our country well as Secretary of State. He is a decorated war hero who returned from battle to serve in a variety of ways, including as an outspoken activist, prosecutor and United States Senator.
"Throughout his distinguished career, John has earned a reputation as a serious and thoughtful foreign policy leader, as well as a strong advocate for action on global climate change. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee on efforts important to New Mexico and the country. His ability to work with members on both sides of the aisle and his deep knowledge of the issues make him well qualified to serve as America’s top diplomat."
The full Senate is expected to vote on Kerry’s nomination later today.