Sen. Paul Kirk (D-MA) was just sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden, to serve in the Senate until the Massachusetts special election in January.
Kirk is not running in that election, and is serving in a caretaker capacity in Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. He is himself a former Kennedy staffer and longtime family friend, and was recommended for the appointment by Kennedy’s family.
This also follows a judge’s rejection of a Massachusetts Republican Party lawsuit, which attempted to stop the appointment.
The Boston Globe reported that when Kirk arrived in Washington today, he first paid a visit to his late friend’s grave, in Arlington National Cemetery.