Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick appointed William Cowan, an attorney and longtime aide to Patrick, to serve as interim United States Senator until voters can choose someone to fill John Kerry’s vacancy.
Mr. Cowan, who goes by Mo, is a former partner in the law firm of Mintz Levin, and will become the first African-American to represent Massachusetts in the Senate since Republican Edward Brooke held the seat from 1966 to 1978.
“Mo’s service on the front lines in our efforts to manage through the worst economy in 80 years and build a better, stronger Commonwealth for the next generation has earned him the respect and admiration of people throughout government,” Patrick said in a statement. “The people of the Commonwealth have benefited from his wisdom and good judgment during his time in our office, and will again in the Senate.”
During his announcement, Gov. Patrick also said he wanted to appoint someone who did not have intentions of running for the seat because that would force that person to run a campaign while serving Massachusetts.
Senator John Kerry was chosen to replace Hillary Clinton as Sec. of State after Susan Rice removed her name from consideration due to the Benghazi scandal.
The lingering question regarding this seat is whether former Senator Scott Brown, who was narrowly defeated by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, will run in the primary. So far, Brown has not commented on whether or not he will run, but some on his team have signaled that he will jump in at some point. If Brown wins, that would put Warren in the awkward position of serving alongside a man who she defeated.