The Senate voted 94-3 to confirm Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state January 29. Senator Kerry has long been a leader on energy and environmental issues, and said last week that his failure to pass climate change legislation is one of his biggest regrets of his Senate tenure. Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA) has launched their campaigna for the Senate, but no Republicans have yet announced that they will run. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) recently picked William “Mo” Cowan, his former chief of staff, to serve as the state’s interim senator until voters choose Senator Kerry’s successor in a June 25 special election.