BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - The winner of the latest U.S. Senate race has been officially confirmed.
Governor Deval Patrick led a meeting of the Governor's Council, which officially certified the election of Democratic Congressman Edward Markey.
The formal vote by the eight-member council will allow Markey to be sworn-in to the U.S. Senate on July 16. Markey has been a member of the U.S. House for the past 37 years. He defeated Republican challenger and former navy seal Gabriel Gomez in a June 25 special election. The seat was formerly held by John Kerry, who left to become Secretary of State.
"It's a great occasion I'm very proud of Senator Markey's election and I'm proud to have played this very small, formal role in certifying those results," said Governor Deval Patrick.
Markey will resign his House seat, which means another special election will be scheduled in the 5th congressional district this fall.
Five Democrats and one Republican have already announced plans to run for Markey's seat.