Rep. Markey to be sworn-in as new Mass. US senator
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three weeks after winning Massachusetts’ special U.S. Senate election, Edward Markey is set to take the oath of office.
Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday will swear in the longtime U.S. House member as Massachusetts’ junior senator.
The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Senate chamber. Gov. Deval Patrick is planning to attend the ceremony.
Markey, a member of the House since 1976, will fill the office left vacant by the resignation of John Kerry to become secretary of state.
Markey, a Democrat, defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez in the June 25 special election — the state’s third U.S. Senate contest since 2010. He will face re-election next year to a full six-year term.
Markey’s swearing-in also will mark the end of the tenure of interim Sen. William “Mo” Cowan, who was appointed by Patrick to fill Kerry’s seat temporarily.
Cowan said at the time that he had no plans to run for the seat on a permanent basis.
“Been an honor to serve MA as Senator,” Cowan tweeted on Monday.
Markey’s elevation also officially kicks off the start of the already crowded special election to fill the 5th Congressional District seat that Markey has held for the past 37 years.
Patrick on Monday set the dates for the special election.
The primary elections will be Oct. 15; the general election Dec. 10.
A slew of candidates have begun campaigning for Markey’s seat even before he formally steps down.
The Democratic candidates include Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Milford state Sen. Katherine Clark, Medford state Rep. Carl Sciortino, Belmont state Sen. William Brownsberger and Framingham state Sen. Karen Spilka.
Republican attorney Frank Addivinola also is running.