The new Junior Senator from the Bay State
Well, Well, Well. It appears Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has made the appointment of a brotha to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Senator, now, Seceratary of State, John F. Kerry. From Crooks and Liars via the Boston Globe:
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has picked William “Mo” Cowan, his former chief of staff, to serve as the state’s interim US senator until the successor to John F. Kerry is chosen by the voters in a June 25 special election.
“He has been a valued ally to me and our work on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth,” Patrick said at a news conference. “In every step, he has brought preparation, perspective, wisdom, sound judgment, and clarity of purpose.”
Cowan said he was “honored and humbled” to get the temporary post, which will make him the first African-American to represent Massachusetts in the Senate since Edward Brooke held the seat as a Republican from 1966 to 1978.
Here’s a little tidbit about the new Senator:
“Mo has been a tremendous asset to the Commonwealth, and we are more than confidant he will continue to serve the people well as interim U.S. Senator,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.
From 1997 to 2009, Cowan practiced civil litigation as an associate and later a partner in the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC and as a Special Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the Middlesex County District Attorney.
Cowan is a graduate of Duke University and Northeastern University School of Law, and lives in Stoughton, Massachusetts with his wife, Stacy, and their two young sons.
It was rumored and shown that former Rep. Barney Frank wanted the job, but for some reason, Patrick chose to go with Cowan, and he’ll only be there until June 25, when there will be a special election held to fill the seat permanently. This does keep the Senate with its slim majority of seats, but what Democratic leadership does with it, and with Mr. Cowan, remains to be seen.
Congratulations, Mr. Cowan. At least there are now two African-Americans in the Senate. And, yes, that caption reads correctly. With Kerry’s departure, the newly sworn in Elizabeth Warren becomes the Senior Senator from Massachusetts and we hope, Mitch McConnell’s worst nightmare.
Vice President Joe Biden re-enacts administering the Senate oath to Sen. William “Mo” Cowan, D-Mass. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Joining him, from left are. Secretary of State John Kerry, who he is replacing, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., his sons Miles, 8, and Grant 4, and his wife Stacey. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)