So we know that Thad Cochran, the Mississippi senator, may well be on his way to a seventh term. And we know that West Virginia’s Robert Byrd, who was first elected to the Senate in 1958, served more than 50 years before his death in 2010.
But, as my mom asked on Episode 33 of the Political Junkie podcast, which senator since 1958 has served the SHORTEST amount of time?
Don’t make my mom’s appearance on the podcast a waste of her time. Really, she has more important things to do. Humor her and send your answer to email@example.com.
Last week’s question was: what is the first state to have a black senator and a black governor at the same time?
The answer: Massachusetts, which is the first and the only state. After John Kerry left the Senate to become Secretary of State, Gov. Deval Patrick named Mo Cowan, his legal counsel who is also black, to temporarily hold the seat until the new election.
The lucky winner and soon-to-be button wearer is Anna Koelsch of Mendota Heights, Minn.