Mo Cowan

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Mo Cowan
Mo Cowan, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
Interim Senator
In office
Term ends
June 2013
PredecessorJohn Kerry (D)
Elections and appointments
Next general June 25, 2013
AppointedJanuary 30, 2013
Appointed byMassachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sDuke University
J.D.Northeastern University

William "Mo" Cowan is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Massachusetts. He was appointed on January 30, 2013 to serve as interim Senator of Massachusetts, filling the seat left vacant by John Kerry. Kerry was confirmed January 29, 2013 as the Secretary of State.[1]

The appointments of Tim Scott and Cowan mark the first time in United States history where two black senators are serving in the U.S. Senate at the same time.[2]

Cowan will not seek election to Kerry's seat in the 2013 special election. The primary was held on April 30, followed by the general election on June 25.[1][3]

Cowan delivered a farewell address to the Senate on June 26, 2013.[4] He will continue to serve until Ed Markey (D) is sworn in.[4]


Prior to his appointment he served as Gov. Deval Patrick's Chief of Staff from 2011 until the fall of 2012. Before this he served as the Patrick's chief legal counsel. Prior to joining Patrick's administration, he was a partner at Mintz Levin law firm in Boston.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research
    • Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation
  • United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Science and Space
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
    • Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security


Cowan was appointed on January 30, 2013 to serve as interim Senator of Massachusetts, filling the seat left vacant by John Kerry.[1]


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Cowan missed 0 of 84 roll call votes from Feb 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 0.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[6]

Voting with Party

June 2013

Mo Cowan voted with the Democratic Party 95.0% of the time, which ranked 27 among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[7]


He and his wife have two sons. They live in Stoughton, Massachusetts.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Kerry
U.S. Senate - Massachusetts
Succeeded by