Markey could be sworn in to US Senate next Wednesday
US Representative Edward J. Markey could be sworn in as a United States senator as soon as next Wednesday.
Governor Deval Patrick today said Vice President Biden is available to administer the oath of office to Markey in Washington that day.
Patrick revealed that tidbit as he was scheduling a vote of the Governor’s Council for next Wednesday morning to certify the election results, one of the procedural steps that must be taken before Markey can take office.
A Markey spokeswoman would not confirm, however, that the Malden Democrat is going to be sworn in on Wednesday.
The spokeswoman, Giselle Barry, said that the congressman is still eyeing several dates and working on the scheduling for his big day.
Markey, a 37-year veteran of the US House, defeated Republican Gabriel E. Gomez in the June 30 special election to fill the seat that John F. Kerry vacated when he became secretary of state.Michael Levenson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mlevenson.