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.