The expected confirmation would require Kerry to resign from the office he’s held for nearly three decades.
At that point, Gov. Deval Patrick would have to set the date for a special election 145 to 160 day after Kerry’s resignation. That would place the election during this summer.
Patrick will also have to name an interim appointee to serve temporarily in Kerry’s seat.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey has already announced he will seek the seat. Fellow Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch is also considering a run and could make an announcement this week.
In addition, former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is considering running on the Republican side.