Gov. Deval Patrick will appoint Mo Cowan
to fill the Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry...Cowan, an attorney, was Gov. Patrick's chief of staff for most of his current, second term. Like Patrick, he's African-American. Thus, for the first time ever, the Senate will include more than one black member at the same time — Cowan and South Carolina's Tim Scott. I'd thought that the Reconstruction era produced multiple black senators
, and it did, but they served a few years apart. And since senators were appointed by legislatures until 1914, that means only three of the eight black senators were elected by voters.