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Edward John "Ed" Markey (born July 11, 1946) has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1976, representing the 7th District of Massachusetts. The district includes most of Bostonmarker's northern and western suburbs, such as Medfordmarker and Framinghammarker. Markey is the Dean of both the Massachusetts and New Englandmarker House delegations. He is the second-longest serving member of Congress from New England, behind Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermontmarker.

Early life and career

Markey is a lifelong resident of Maldenmarker. He was educated at Malden Catholic High Schoolmarker, Boston Collegemarker and Boston College Law School. He served in the United States Army Reserve, and was a lawyer and member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing Malden and Melrosemarker from 1972 to 1976.

In May 1976, longtime 7th District Congressman Torby Macdonald died in office. Markey won a crowded seven-way primary for the seat, which was tantamount to election in this heavily Democratic district. He has been reelected 16 times with no substantive opposition by an average of over 70 percent of the vote.

He is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The National Journal generally gave him a "Composite Liberal" score in the mid-90s. Since May 2005, he has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.

In 2004, he announced that he would run for John Kerry's seat in the United States Senate if Kerry were to be elected President of the United States. Although Kerry lost the election, Markey was easily reelected in 2004 over Republican Kenneth Chase and Independent Jim Hall.

Markey was considered a leading contender to run in the January 19, 2010 special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Edward M. Kennedy. On September 12, 2009, however, Markey announced his decision to remain in the U.S. House.Markey has however, made an endorsement in the race, supporting Congressman Michael Capuano.

Political activity

Markey is known for his advocacy against torture and the practice of extraordinary rendition through the Torture Outsourcing Prevention Act.

In 2003, he began to call attention to the lack of security surrounding air cargo placed on commercial passenger planes, arguing that if all passenger baggage is screened for explosive devices, air cargo on the same plane should be as well. In 2007, he succeeded in getting a 100 percent air cargo screening requirement signed into law, which must be implemented within three years.

He was one of the 31 members of the House who voted not to count the electoral votes from Ohiomarker in the 2004 Presidential election.

He is also responsible for introducing legislation to change the duration of daylight saving time, starting in 2007, from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

In December 2007, Markey became the first US politician to utilize the medium of Second Life, through which he addressed the delegates of the UNFCCC in Baliasmarker part of OneClimate's Virtual Bali event. It was estimated that the carbon dioxide saved in not flying Rep. Markey to Bali was around 5.5 tons.

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

  • Co-chair of bipartisan Caucus on Nonproliferation
  • Co-chair of bipartisan Caucus on Privacy
  • Co-chair of bipartisan Caucus on Alzheimer’s disease
  • Co-chair of bipartisan Caucus on Cystic Fibrosis

Personal life

Markey is married to Dr. Susan Blumenthal. He was one of several politicians who appeared in a cameo in the 2003 film Gods and Generals. He played an Irish Brigade officer.


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