Clinton Senate confirmation hearing set for January 13

WASHINGTON Wed Jan 7, 2009 1:30pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Wednesday it will hold a confirmation hearing on January 13 for Hillary Clinton to serve as President-elect Barack Obama's secretary of state.

The panel will also hold a confirmation hearing on January 15 for Obama's pick to become the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice. Both hearings will begin at 9:30 a.m. EST.

Clinton, a U.S. senator from New York and wife of former President Bill Clinton, ran a long race against Obama for the Democratic nomination. After winning the presidential bid, Obama named his former rival to the high-profile post of secretary of state.

The committee did not say when it would hold votes on the nominations.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky, editing by Doina Chiacu)

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