MA-Gov. Appoints Interim Senator William “Mo” Cowan
Matt | On 04, Feb 2013
Since Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) received one of the biggest promotions of his life to secretary of state, someone had to assume the role he vacated on Friday in the U.S. Senate.
In the Bay State, it is the responsibility of Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to appoint an interim senator until a special election can be held. Patrick announced last week that William “Mo” Cowan, his former chief of staff, would fill Kerry’s role. Cowan, an African-American, is now one of two blacks currently in the Senate. Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, is the other.
Kerry was officially sworn in as secretary of state on Friday, the same day that Hillary Clinton left office. Kerry’s duties begin on Monday morning with a welcome at the State Department. The special election to find a permanent replacement for Kerry will be held on June 25.
I’m glad to see two African-American men in the Senate at the same time. It’s a pretty exclusive lawmaking body. My hope is that we will get to the day where more blacks in the Senate are elected by the people and not simply placed there in interim positions. My statement is not a slight to the people who serve in the position. I think this is the result of a political system that focuses heavily on the richest candidates over those of substance — who might also happen to be diverse.
Whether or not he wins the special election later this year, let’s hope Cowan can bring a spirit of service and cooperation to his new role.