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3 departures curtail New England’s political muscle

WASHINGTON — Senator John F. Kerry used his experience and relationships in the Senate to help secure more ­Navy ships for coastal combat, boosting Massachusetts technology jobs. Senator Joe ­Lieberman, an independent, fought hard to protect Connecticut’s submarine-building franchise. Olympia J. Snowe, Maine’s moderate Republican, built a reputation ensuring Bath Iron Works continued hammering out destroyers.

But now this powerful trio of veteran New England senators is gone, sapping the ­region’s political clout. Snowe and Lieberman retired and, on Tuesday, Kerry won confirmation as secretary of state.

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