Paul G. Kirk of Marstons Mills has been appointed interim U.S. senator by Gov. Deval Patrick. He will fill the seat left vacant by his longtime friend Sen. Edward Kennedy who died in August. Kirk will serve until a special election to fill the seat is held in January.




 

Paul G. Kirk of Marstons Mills has been appointed interim U.S. senator by Gov. Deval Patrick. He will fill the seat left vacant by his longtime friend Sen. Edward Kennedy who died in August. Kirk will serve until a special election to fill the seat is held in January.


Kirk, 71, brings to the job a long resume in business, politics and public service.


In announcing the appointment, Patrick said in so many ways the interests of the commonwealth have never been more vital. Patrick called Kirk, “A distinguished lawyer, volunteer and citizen.”


Patrick said Kirk will, “carry on the work and focus of Sen. Kennedy mindful of his love of Massachusetts.”


Kirk called the appointment  “A profound honor and said he accepts it, “with sincere humility.”


Kirk also thanked the Massachusetts Legislature for making the difficult decision to give Gov. Patrick the authority to make an interim appointment.


Kirk said he will retain Kennedy’s office staff.


Kirk is the chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston. He is a communicant of Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville and is a member of the Craigville Beach Association in Centerville. His brother Ed also lives on the Cape and practices law on the Cape.


Kirk was a special assistant to Sen.Kennedy from 1969-1977. In 1983, he became treasurer of the national Democratic Party.


In 1985, Kirk was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee.


Kirk formally pledged his superdelegate nomination vote in the 2008 national Democratic convention to Barack Obama.


Kirk was born in Newton and is the son of Judge Paul G. Kirk Sr., who was an associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, and Josephine E. O'Connell.


Kirk graduated from Harvard and Harvard Law School He and his wife Gail have lived in Marstons Mills for many years.


Kirk is affiliated with the law firm Sullivan & Worcester LLP of Boston, and was a partner from 1977-1990. He the chairman and chief executive officer of Kirk & Associates, Inc., a Boston business advisory and consulting firm. Kirk also serves on several boards of directors and is a trustee of Stonehill College.