The Senate voted 94-3 Tuesday to confirm Sen. John Kerry as the next secretary of state. Take a look back at Kerry's career through the years.
A Vietnam veteran awarded three Purple Hearts, John Kerry lead anti-war efforts upon his return. Here, he addresses participants and supporters of Operation RAW (Rapid American Withdrawal) in Valley Forge, Pa., on Sept. 7, 1970
In 1971, Kerry became the first Vietnam veteran to appear before Congress, testifying before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for more than two hours. In part, Kerry told lawmakers he felt the United States war policy in Vietnam was the cause of "war crimes."
After serving as lieutenant governor in Massachusetts under Michael Dukakis, Kerry defeated Republican Ray Shamie to become a U.S. senator in 1984. He's served the state of Massachusetts in that role ever since.
Kerry defeated several others in the 2004 Democratic Presidential primaries, later selecting John Edwards to be his running mate for the election. The announcement was made on July 6, 2004.
Kerry shares a laugh with his daughters, Vanessa (R) and Alexandra, at a rally in Detroit during his 2004 presidential bid.
Kerry attends a rally with actress Kirsten Dunst in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Oct. 29, 2004. It was one of three campaign stops in the hotly-contested state that day.
Kerry bows his head as he is joined by his running mate, Sen. John Edwards, during his concession speech at a news conference in Boston, on Nov. 3, 2004. Kerry conceded to U.S. President George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election.
Kerry talks with then-fellow Massachussetts Sen. Ted Kennedy during a campaign rally at Nashua South High School in Nashua, N.H., in January 2004. Kennedy spoke at several campaign stops during Kerry's presidential run and Kerry served as an honorary pall bearer at Kennedy's funeral in 2009.
In 2009, Kerry was chosen to replace Vice President Joe Biden as chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee and in 2011 was appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
A leader on climate change, Kerry listens as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (R) speaks to the media with Sen. Joe Lieberman (L) following a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on global climate change in November 2009.
Divorced once, Kerry and his second wife, Teresa, married in 1995. Here, they pose for the media as they arrive at the Kennedy Center for the evening's gala performance in Washington, D.C., in 2005.