Senator Elizabeth Warren Opens Western Mass. Office in Springfield

Newly-elected U-S Senator Elizabeth Warren opened a western Massachusetts office Tuesday in downtown Springfield. Warren says the office will be her link to the region.

Surrounded by other Massachusetts politicians, Warren addressed a group of supporters in the lobby of the building now housing her western Massachusetts office. Warren says she plans to make good on campaign promises to advocate for women’s and LGBT rights, union bargaining rights, and student loan reform in Washington. She says opening an office in Springfield is a commitment to the region.

“Today is just the first down payment on a promise: the promise that I’ll be here for western Massachusetts, the promise that I’ll fight for every single person in the commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

Warren says she has hired two people to staff the office so far. She says it will be open to the public, but she also wants her staff to actively reach out to the region.

Though she was sworn in just last week, Warren may soon become the state’s senior senator if Senator John Kerry is confirmed as Secretary of State. That would trigger a special election for Kerry’s seat. Former Senator Scott Brown, who Warren beat in November, is widely considered the Republican frontrunner, while Congressman Ed Markey is the only Democrat who has formally announced a run so far. At her office opening, Warren stopped short of endorsing Markey.

“Ed’s been a wonderful congressman, and I have no doubt that he would make a terrific senator, but we’ve got to see how the process unfolds.”

A special election is required by state law to take place between 145 and 160 days after the senate seat is vacated. Governor Deval Patrick would appoint an interim prior to the election. Last week recently retired congressman Barney Frank announced his interest in the interim position.