Mo Cowan

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

William "Mo" Cowan was 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] He served until July 16, 2013 when Senator-elect Ed Markey was confirmed and sworn into office.[2]

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.[3]

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][4]

Cowan delivered a farewell address to the Senate on June 26, 2013.[5] He continued to serve until Ed Markey (D) was sworn in.[5]


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.[6]

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]


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[7]

Cowan most often votes with:

Cowan least often votes with:

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.[8]

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.[9]


He and his wife have two sons. They live in Stoughton, Massachusetts.[6]

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