Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun, more than 400 North­eastern alumni and co-​​op stu­dents, and mem­bers of the Mass­a­chu­setts Con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion gath­ered on Capitol Hill on Wednesday night to honor alumnus Mo Cowan, who since Feb­ruary has served as interim Mass­a­chu­setts Sen­ator, filling the seat vacated by John Kerry when he became Sec­re­tary of State.

Aoun and Jeremy Paul, dean of the School of Law, hosted the Capitol Hill recep­tion in the Rus­sell Senate Office Building’s Kennedy Caucus Room. Aoun said Cowan had been a strong sup­porter of North­eastern while working as chief of staff for Mass­a­chu­setts Gov. Deval Patrick and now in the U.S. Senate, and he com­mended the North­eastern alumnus for his bipar­tisan approach in Washington.

Both sides of the aisle love this guy,” Aoun said. “We attribute that to the fact that he has a North­eastern education.”

President Joseph E. Aoun hosted a reception for U.S. Sen. Mo Cowan, a graduate of the School of Law, in Washington on Wednesday evening. Photo by Charles Votaw.

Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun hosted a recep­tion for U.S. Sen. Mo Cowan, a grad­uate of the School of Law, in Wash­ington on Wednesday evening. Photo by Charles Votaw.

Cowan earned his law degree from North­eastern in 1994, then went on to a career in public ser­vice, most recently serving Gov. Deval Patrick in a number of capac­i­ties, including chief legal counsel, chief of staff, and senior coun­selor. He will stay in the Senate until a spe­cial elec­tion, to be held June 25, decides a per­ma­nent suc­cessor to Kerry.

It’s an honor to be in the Senate, it’s an honor to rep­re­sent the people of Mass­a­chu­setts, and it’s equally an honor to rep­re­sent that fine insti­tu­tion on Hunt­ington Avenue and be the first Husky in the Con­gress,” Cowan said.

Mem­bers of the Mass­a­chu­setts Con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion in atten­dance included Sen. Eliz­a­beth Warren, Rep. James McGovern, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, and Rep. Niki Tsongas. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, chair of the Senate Agri­cul­ture com­mittee of which Cowan is a member, also attended.

Aoun’s visit to Wash­ington also brought him to the State Depart­ment, where he met with offi­cials to dis­cuss global co-​​op and oppor­tu­ni­ties for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and North­eastern to col­lab­o­rate on future edu­ca­tional and cul­tural exchange ini­tia­tives. He also dis­cussed Northeastern’s Global Health Ini­tia­tive, which last week brought together fac­ulty mem­bers Michael Pol­lastri, Graham Jones, and Kim Lewis and State Depart­ment staff mem­bers to dis­cuss applying drug dis­covery exper­tise to neglected dis­eases like malaria, tuber­cu­losis, and sleeping sickness.

After the Cowan recep­tion, Aoun attended a nearby fundraiser for the One Fund Boston, held on the one-​​month anniver­sary of the Boston Marathon bomb­ings, an event that orga­nizers say every member of the Mass­a­chu­setts Con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion would attend. On Thursday, Aoun will attend a State Depart­ment lun­cheon hon­oring Turkish Prime Min­ister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hosted by Kerry and Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden.