Cowan to be sworn-in as new Senator

BOSTON (AP) — The state's newest U.S. Senator -- William "Mo" Cowan -- is set to be sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden.

Cowan will serve on an interim basis, filling the seat left vacant by the departure of former U.S. Sen. John Kerry to become secretary of state.

Cowan's tenure as senator will be brief. He will serve until Massachusetts voters can pick a replacement in a June 25 special election.

Cowan was tapped by Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick to fill the seat on a temporary basis. Cowan has said he will not run in the special election.

Cowan's swearing-in will take place at noon Thursday in Washington on the floor of the Senate. Patrick is planning to attend.

Immediately after the official swearing-in, there will be a reenactment with Biden in the Old Senate Chamber for the media.

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