The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is conducting hearings on the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Above, committee chairman and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) arrives in the committee room on Dec. 20 before Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Thomas Nides begin their testimony. On Friday, President Barack Obama announced that Kerry will replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. You can read more about Kerry's background, experience, and diplomatic style on our site.
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