President Barack Obama on Friday will nominate Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) as secretary of state. a senior Obama administration official said.
The Massachusetts senator's decades of experience in America's foreign-policy establishment has earned him praise from Republicans and he would likely face an easy confirmation process, the official said.
Mr. Kerry has been chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the last four years and has worked, on behalf of the White House, to help steady relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan during times of instability.