Washington (CNN) - Two days after his stunning victory in Massachusetts, Republican Sen.-elect Scott Brown heads to the nation's capitol on Thursday.
Brown is a state senator who defeated Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley Tuesday to became the first Massachusetts Republican to win a U.S. Senate election since 1972.
Brown's first meeting on Capitol Hill Thursday will be in the 10 a.m. ET hour with Sen. John McCain of Arizona. McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, endorsed Brown's bid to fill the last three years of the term of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. In the January 3 endorsement, McCain said of Brown that "as an officer on the Army National Guard, he understands the importance of a strong military and the necessity of protecting our interests around the world."
McCain is a retired naval aviator who was shot down and served as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.
McCain, through his Country First political action committee, is calling on Democrats to seat Brown immediately.
Brown's next stop is a meeting with John Kerry, the Bay State's senior senator. In the last week of the heated campaign, Kerry, the Democrats's 2004 presidential nominee, accused Brown supporters of "bullying and threats" and urged Brown to speak out and get his supporters under control.
Brown teams up next with the man he will replace, interim Sen. Paul Kirk, a longtime friend and trusted aide to Kennedy who was named as a temporarily replacement for the late senator, after he died of cancer in August. Kirk has said he hopes to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Brown also meets with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the top Republican in the chamber. Brown's victory gives the Republicans 41 senators in the chamber, denying the Democrats their 60 seat filibuster proof super majority.
As he departed for Washington Thursday morning from Boston, Brown told reporters that "I think I'm ready. I've done my homework, you know, calling the appropriate people."
The senator-elect also feels his upset victory election has already changed the nation's capital.
"It seems like the tone is Washington has changed and everyone I've spoken with most of our delegation as well as the leadership on both sides seems to be like a breath of fresh air going down. So I'm excited and we'll see what happens," said Brown.
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