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Cowan gives thanks, says Congress not broken

WASHINGTON — US Senator William “Mo” Cowan thanked his staff and the residents of Massachusetts for entrusting him to represent them for five months on Wednesday, and said it was an honor to serve in the upper legislative body as one of eight African-Americans in US history.

The Bay State Democrat was picked by Governor Deval Patrick to fill the seat vacated by John F. Kerry and will make way next month for Senator-elect Edward J. Markey, who won the seat on Tuesday.

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