John Kerry Sworn in as Secretary of State

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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Meet Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry, the longtime Democratic senator from Massachusetts, was sworn in Friday on Capitol Hill, succeeding Hillary Clinton.

“I was very honored to be sworn in and very anxious to get to work, so I will be reporting Monday morning at 9 o’clock,” Kerry told reporters, with his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, by his side.

Kerry was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan inside the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing room. He was surrounded by his wife, daughter Vanessa, brother Cam and staff for a private ceremony.

Champagne and cupcakes were served.

Kerry’s senate staff presented him with a gift: his seat in the senate, which Kerry sat in during his 28 years of service.

As he was leaving, reporters asked Kerry what hot spot he will focus on first. He put up his hand and joked, “I’m anxious to get to work but not that anxious tonight.”

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