Interim US Sen. Cowan delivers farewell addressAP , Associated Press
Jun. 26, 2013 6:09 PM ET
BOSTON (AP) — Interim U.S. Senator William "Mo" Cowan is bidding goodbye to the Senate after serving in the chamber for nearly five months.
Cowan, who will continue to serve until Democratic Sen.-elect Edward Markey is sworn in, delivered a farewell address on the floor of the chamber Wednesday.
Cowan was named to the office on a temporary basis by his former boss Gov. Deval Patrick, to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of John Kerry to become U.S. secretary of state.
Cowan thanked his staff and family for their help. He also thanked Massachusetts residents, noting he'd assumed the office without anyone voting for him.
He said despite Congress' reputation for rancor and division, he found the Senate a collegial chamber and was able to work with Republicans, especially in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
"Members from every corner of this nation extended their sympathies," he said. "We all came together as Americans to honor those killed and to support the wounded during their time of recovery."
He noted his presence in the chamber along with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina marked the first time two African Americans were serving in the Senate at the same time.
"I am also hopeful that it is a sign that these United States will soon be represented by a more diverse population that more closely reflects the diverse country that we are," Cowan added.
Cowan was praised for his efforts during his brief tenure.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a fellow Massachusetts Democrat, called Cowan a "committed advocate" for the state.
"From the time he was sworn in, Mo hit the ground running," Warren said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also praised Cowan, and said Patrick made the right choice for an interim Senate appointment.
Cowan officially steps down when Markey is sworn in.