US Senate Committee backs Tillerson as Trump's secretary of state
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

 The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil chairman Rex Tillerson, on Monday.

The vote was 11-10, with every committee Republican backing Tillerson and every Democrat opposing his nomination.

Tillerson is expected to be confirmed for the position when the matter comes before the 100-member Senate, where Republicans hold a 52-seat majority.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)