Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said Thursday he is "honored" to take
over the Senate desk occupied for nearly 50 years by the late Sen. Edward
Kennedy (D-Mass.) and before him by his brother, President John F. Kennedy.
for years had been using the middle-of-the-floor seat used by the
second of the three Kennedy brothers, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.),
who was assasinated in 1968. That desk will now be used by Sen. Charles
The Kennedy desk that Kerry will now occupy is located near
the back of the chamber.
Sen. Edward Kennedy reportedly preferred that
desk to one more forward in the chamber, as his seniority would
have allowed him to choose, because it was used by JFK during his days as a junior senator.
"I will take it over very proudly, and be forever reminded, as I work at that desk, of Ted Kennedy," Kerry said.