The Secretary of State is a senior official of the federal government of the United States of America heading the U.S. Department of State, principally concerned with foreign policy and is considered to be the U.S. government's equivalent of a Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Policy is an American news publication, founded in 1970 and focused on global affairs, current events, and domestic and international policy.
The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a country in the Americas.
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The Secretary of State is appointed by the President of the United States and is confirmed by the United States Senate.
The United States Senate is a legislative chamber in the bicameral legislature of the United States, and together with the House of Representatives makes up the U.S. Congress.
A president is the leader of a country or a division or part of a country, typically a republic, a democracy, or a dictatorship.
A senate is a deliberative assembly, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature or parliament.
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The Secretary of State, along with the Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, and Attorney General are generally regarded as the four most important Cabinet members because of the importance of their respective departments.
Secretary of State is a Level I position in the Executive Schedule and thus earns the salary prescribed for that level.
The current Secretary of State is 2004 presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, the 68th person to hold the office since its creation in 1789.
John Forbes Kerry is an American diplomat and Democratic Party politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State.