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Cowan departure creates Senate Ag vacancy

Sen. Mo Cowan, D-Mass.

Sen. Mo Cowan, D-Mass.

The departure of Sen. Mo Cowan, D-Mass., from the Senate this week will create a Democratic vacancy on the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Cowan has served as an appointed senator since Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., took over as secretary of State. On Tuesday, Rep. Ed Markey D-Mass., was elected to fill the remainder of Kerry’s term. Markey is expected to be sworn in and take office after the July 4 Senate break.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow , D-Mich., thanked Cowan for his service in a news release today.

“Sen. Cowan was a strong champion for farmers and fisheries as a member of the Agriculture Committee, and his voice will be missed,” Stabenow said. “It has been a pleasure to serve with Sen. Cowan, and I wish him the best as he leaves the Senate and goes on to the next challenge of his career.”