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MA Governor Announces Kennedy Successor

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Governor Deval Patrick is naming Paul G. Kirk Jr as the interim senator. He will not run in the special election scheduled for January 19, 2010 that will select a permanent replacement to serve out the remainder of the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s term.

So who is Kirk?

Paul G. Kirk, Jr. is a founding Board Member of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and currently serves as Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Kirk is affiliated with Sullivan & Worcester LLP of Boston, Massachusetts, a law firm (with offices in Washington, DC and New York City) of which he was a partner from 1977-1990.

He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kirk & Associates, Inc., a business advisory and consulting firm located in Boston.

Mr. Kirk is a member of the Board of Directors of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., Rayonier, Incorporated and Cedar Shopping Centers, Inc.

He served on the Board of Directors of ITT Corporation from 1989 – 1997 and Bradley Real Estate, Inc. from 1991 – 2000.

Mr. Kirk is also a Trustee of Stonehill College. He is past Chairman of the Harvard Board of Overseers Nominating Committee and presently serves as Chairman of the Harvard Overseers Committee to Visit the Department of Athletics.

From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Kirk served as Chairman of the Democratic Party of the United States and from 1983 to 1985 as its Treasurer.

Mr. Kirk served as special assistant for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) from 1969-1977.

From 1992 to 2001 Mr. Kirk served as Chairman of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) for International Affairs, a nonprofit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. Mr. Kirk was elected Chairman Emeritus of NDI when former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright succeeded Kirk as Chair of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in January 2001.

Mr. Kirk is also co-founder and Co-Chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) established in 1987 to sponsor and produce debates for leading U.S. presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The CPD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that has sponsored all the general election debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004, including the first presidential debate in 2000 hosted by the University of Massachusetts Boston and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

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