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Kerry Hits Million-Mile Mark in US Diplomatic Travel

  • Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gets off his plane upon his arrival at Rome's Ciampino airport, Feb. 1, 2016.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gets off his plane upon his arrival at Rome's Ciampino airport, Feb. 1, 2016.

He won't get elite frequent flier status with any airline, but Secretary of State John Kerry has hit the million-mile mark in U.S. diplomatic travel.

Kerry's current trip to Europe has catapulted him into a club with only one other member: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who logged 1.06 million miles (1.71 million kilometers) in the air as America's top diplomat.

A quick jaunt to Quebec last week, just two days after an around-the-world odyssey, put Kerry at 999,926 miles (1.6 million kilometers), according to department statistics. His flight to Rome on Monday put him over the top.

At his current rate, Kerry should break Rice's record in the spring. He surpassed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's mileage mark of 956,733 miles (1.5 million kilometers) in early December.

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