The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11-10 to approve Tillerson, with every committee Republican backing Tillerson and every Democrat opposing his nomination.
The oil industry has long influenced American politics but the Tillerson nod represents something new: 'the increasing willingness to allow this connection to be seen by the public.'
Indonesian plaintiffs say Exxon Mobil was complicit in the abuse of people in the Aceh Province, where the firm used to extract gas.
Asked whether he supported a more aggressive posture toward China, Tillerson said: "We're going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed."
Tillerson supported Ukraine's claim on Crimea but said he hadn't discussed Russia with Donald Trump.
Evidence seems to contradict the secretary of state nominee and former Exxon Mobil CEO's claims at confirmation hearing.
Some in Russia are lauding Trump's nomination of the Exxon CEO for secretary of state, although opponents say it 'would take a miracle for Tillerson to criticize Russia on human rights.'
Man-made earthquakes, caused by fracking, threaten to take out a crucial part of the nation's energy infrastructure. But don't expect Rex Tillerson, Scott Pruitt or Rick Perry to do anything about it.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has chosen pro-Russian Rex Tillerson for secretary of state.
American diplomats documented some of Rex Tillerson's global dealings in State Department cables leaked to WikiLeaks in 2010.
Republicans and Democrats said Tillerson would be asked about his ties to Russia.
Donald Trump is expected to meet with Carly Fiorina on Monday.