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Cowan to serve as the Massachusetts interim U.S. senator

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013
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William "Mo" Cowan has participated in numerous Massachusetts Bar Association events, including the Tiered Community Mentoring program (bottom).

William "Mo" Cowan has been selected by Gov. Deval L. Patrick to serve as the Massachusetts interim U.S. senator. Patrick's former chief of staff, Cowan will hold the post until a June 25 special election determines who will succeed John F. Kerry, who resigned after being named Secretary of State.

Patrick announced his selection of Cowan on Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the Governor's Council chambers at the State House. Cowan is the first African-American in the Massachusetts Senate since Edward Brooke served from 1966 to 1978.

"The governor went with his most trusted confidant. Cowan has the wisdom and practicality to be a great steward for the state," said Martin W. Healy, MBA chief legal counsel and chief operating officer.

"Mo has been at the forefront of every one of Patrick's inside political appointments and complex legal decisions. He enjoys a great working relationship with federal and state office holders," Healy said. "The historic appointment of an African American U.S. senator could not have been handled better by the governor."

Hired by Patrick in 2009 as his legal counsel, Cowan was promoted to chief of staff one year later. He stepped down from his position in November with plans to return to the private sector.