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Senator (Class 2)

Massachusetts

Democratic

Current

starts 07/16/2013

ends in 2015

Biography

Edward John “Ed” Markey (born July 11, 1946) is an American politician and lawyer who is the junior United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. From 1976 to 2013 he served as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 5th congressional district (redistricted from the 7th district in 2013), which includes most of Boston’s northern and western suburbs, such as Medford and Framingham. He is the second longest-serving current member of Congress from New England, behind Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
A member of the Democratic Party, he is a liberal who has focused on energy policy. He served on two energy committees and is the former Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. Markey won the 2013 special election to succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate, defeating Republican Gabriel E. Gomez. He served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1973 to 1976 and has never lost an election.

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