BOSTON — With the Governor’s Council’s vote yesterday afternoon certifying the June 25 election results, all Congressman Ed Markey requires to ascend to the U.S. Senate is delivery of the certificate of election to Washington D.C. and his resignation from the House where he has served for 37 years.
“There we go,” said Gov. Deval Patrick after Councilor Jennie Caissie, the lone Republican on the eight-member elected body, voted to certify the results a half beat after the rest of the council.
Markey is planning to resign from the House and be sworn into the Senate on Tuesday, July 16, according to a campaign official, meaning Patrick could set a special election on Dec. 10, Dec. 17 or Dec. 24, Christmas Eve. A spokesman for Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said that if that is the date range, Galvin would likely select a date in October for the primary.
The longtime congressman defeated Republican and political neophyte Gabriel Gomez in a June 25 special election with a record-setting low participation rate. Markey, who beat the former Navy SEAL by about 10 percentage points, received fewer votes than any successful candidate for U.S. Senate since 1948, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
Markey received 645,429 to Gomez’s 525,307, according to the official results of 1,179,781 ballots cast.
A Malden native, Markey will become the 53rd Democrat in the 100-member body, replacing interim Sen. William “Mo” Cowan, Patrick’s former chief of staff, who has said, “I’m not running for anything once I leave the Senate.”
The Senate seat, which is up for re-election in 2014, was opened up in January when John Kerry, the longtime former senator, was confirmed as U.S. secretary of state.
Markey will join U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Cambridge Democrat elected last November.