John Kerry teared up during his confirmation hearing on Thursday when he discussed his father’s history in the US Foreign Service.
The former vice president added that he is “equally proud” of both that history and his own. Kerry is part of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Yahoo! News reports that the Massachusetts Democrat spoke in front of the Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, saying:
“If you confirm me, I would take office as secretary proud that the Senate is in my blood, but equally proud that so, too, is the Foreign Service.”
Republicans praised John Kerry on Thursday. Ranking member Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee told Kerry that he has “almost lived his entire life for this moment.” He added that he is “thrilled” Kerry was in the position to become Secretary of State.
ABC News notes that Kery has served on the Foreign Relations Committee for 29 years. He would be the first member of that committee to become Secretary of State in over 100 years.
While tearing up, John Kerry added:
“My dad’s work under presidents, both Democratic and Republican, took me any my siblings around the world for a personal journey that brought home the sacrifices and commitment the men and women of the Foreign Service make every day on behalf of America.”
A protester momentarily broke the mood in the confirmation hearing. The woman, wearing a pink ski hat, screamed, “I’m tired of my friends in the Middle East dying.” She was forced out of the room by security.
Senator John Kerry is expected to win the nomination as Secretary of State. He will replace former first lady Hillary Clinton.