|U.S. Senator from Massachusetts|
From: September 25, 2009 - February 4, 2010
Paul Grattan Kirk, Jr. (born January 18, 1938) is a lawyer and Democratic Party politician served as the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts after being appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to replace the late Ted Kennedy. He temporally held the seat until Republican Scott Brown was sworn into office on February 4.
His appointment caused controversy, after the Democratic super-majority in the state legislature had originally blocked the right of Republican Governor Mitt Romney to appoint an interim senator had John Kerry been elected President in the 2004 election.
Senator Kirk served on the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Kirk is a graduate from Harvard Law School. Senator Kirk served on Ted Kennedy's staff from 1969 through 1977 and as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1985 through 1989, during Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis' unsuccessful presidential campaign. As a super-delegate in the 2008 Presidential Election, Kirk endorsed Barack Obama in the Democratic primaries.