Mo Cowan was sworn in as a U.S. senator Thursday afternoon after being chosen by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to fill John Kerry's Senate seat until a special election is held in June, the Boston Globe reports. Cowan, a Democrat who formerly served as Patrick's chief of staff, was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden.
“Days like today are like what my mother spoke of as a kid,” Cowen said, after taking the oath of office. “It’s like starting at a new school in the middle of a semester.”
“I’m not here to make a mark,” he said in the lobby of the Hart Senate Office Building. “I’m just here to do the work that’s required"...
Cowan will cosponsor the Violence Against Women Act as his first official legislative action today, aides said. He’ll also send a joint letter this afternoon from the Massachusetts delegation to Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank, asking for support for Northeast fishermen.