Sen. John Kerry's bid to get Senate approval for his nomination to secretary of state is officially under way.
Kerry, D-Massachusetts, is testifying at his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which he happens to chair. The longtime senator could sail to an easy confirmation, as politicians from both parties expressed optimism he would win approval.
If he is confirmed, he said at the start of the hearing, he will "look forward to continuing to work particularly closely" with members of the committee, which he has chaired for the last four years.
You can watch the Senate hearing live on CNN.com.FULL STORY