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Biden picks former Sen. John Kerry for climate change role

Kerry is a former secretary of state, senator from Massachusetts and Democratic presidential nominee.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, left, takes the podium in support of then-candidate Joe Biden in Iowa earlier this year. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File

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As President-elect Joe Biden fills out his administration with key picks for his national security and foreign policy teams, he’s announced that John Kerry will lead the incoming administration’s effort to combat climate change.

Kerry is a former secretary of state, senator from Massachusetts and Democratic presidential nominee.

As “Special Presidential Envoy for Climate,” Kerry will hold a seat on the White House National Security Council, according to a statement by Biden’s transition team.

“This marks the first time that the NSC will include an official dedicated to climate change, reflecting the president-elect’s commitment to addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue,” the statement said.

“America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is,” Kerry tweeted on Monday. “I’m proud to partner with the President-elect, our allies, and the young leaders of the climate movement to take on this crisis as the President’s Climate Envoy.”

Biden’s team also announced that former deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas will be nominated as the secretary for that department.

Biden also plans to nominate Antony Blinken as his secretary of state.

Material from the Washington Post was also used in this report.

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