Hillary Is Sworn In After Senate Vote

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2009 5:24 PM CST
Former President Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton before the inaugural prayer service this morning.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – It took a little longer than expected, but Hillary Clinton is the new secretary of state, the New York Times reports. Clinton was sworn in this evening in a private ceremony about an hour after the Senate voted 94-2 to confirm her nomination. The vote came after Sen. John Cornyn dropped his bid to slow down the confirmation because of conflict-of-interest concerns over Bill Clinton's charitable foundation.

The two "no" votes came from GOP Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and David Vitter of Louisiana. Clinton got a boost today when John McCain called for a quick vote, given the nation's pressing global problems. Meanwhile, a Senate panel decided to delay its vote on attorney general nominee Eric Holder because Republicans say they need more time to question him.