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  • FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2017, file photo, Secretary of State-nominee Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 10:09 pm

Young, Donnelly split votes on Tillerson

Brian Francisco | The Journal Gazette

U.S. senators from Indiana split their votes Wednesday as the Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.

Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., voted in favor of confirming Tillerson, and Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., voted in opposition. Tillerson, the former chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, was confirmed by a 56-43 vote.

Young said in a statement that Tillerson is "a staunch advocate for our country’s national security interests."

Donnelly said in remarks on the Senate floor that Tillerson "led his last organization in a lobbying campaign to undermine the national security interests of the United States in favor of Russia, Iran and corporate profit. Putting narrow corporate interests ahead of America’s national security interests is inexcusable for a CEO and disqualifying for a nominee to be our nation’s chief diplomat."