A brief look at William "Mo" Cowan:
Cowan grew up in North Carolina and graduated from Duke University and Northeastern University's law school.
He was a partner in the prominent Boston law firm of Mintz Levin from 1997 to 2009. He also served as special assistant district attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney's office.
In 2009 he became a part of the Patrick-Murray Administration, serving as chief of staff and chief legal counsel.
Cowan lives in Stoughton with his wife, Stacy, and two young children.
STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT:
"Mo Cowan is someone who is one of the most brilliant and intelligent individuals in his field," said University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motely. "He is capable and uniquely positioned to serve the Governor and the people of the Commonwealth. We all know that we can move forward in positive way, and trust that he knows how to do the job."
"Governor Patrick has made an excellent choice in Mo Cowan as interim US Senator," said Representative Dan Winslow. "Mo personifies the dignity, intelligence and calm judgment that we hope are qualities of all members of the US Senate. He has the ability to work across the aisle, which is sorely needed in Washington, DC. Congratulations to Senator-designate Cowan and congratulations to all citizens of Massachusetts who will be served by him in the coming months."
"The Governor has made a solid choice in the appointment of Mo Cowan," said District Attorney Michael O'Keefe. "He understands government and has rolled up his sleeves to tackle tough problems. I wish him well."
"Mo is an extraordinary choice," said Thomas Merrigan, former Governor's Councilor. "He has the experience, integrity, wisdom and intelligence to represent and protect the interests of the Commonwealth as interim senator. We will be well-served by his exceptional skills."