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U.S. Representative for Massachusetts - member of the Democratic Party.


Edward Markey Biography

ENG: Edward John "Ed" Markey (born July 11, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 5th congressional district. Markey is the longest-serving member of both the Massachusetts and New England House delegations and 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 progressive who has focused on energy policy. He serves on two energy committees and is the former chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

On December 27, 2012 Markey announced he would run in a 2013 special election to succeed John Kerry, who was confirmed on January 29, 2013 to become the next United States Secretary of State.


Early life, education, and career

Markey was born on July 11, 1946 in Malden, Massachusetts, the son of Christina M. (née Courtney) and John E. Markey. Markey was raised in an Irish Catholic family and educated at Immaculate Conception School and Malden Catholic High School. He graduated from Boston College in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts, and from Boston College Law School in 1972 with a Juris Doctor After graduating, Markey worked as a lawyer in private practice, and served in the United States Army Reserve from 1968 to 1973.

Markey was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he represented the 16th Middlesex district (Malden and Melrose) from 1973 to 1976.


U.S. House of Representatives - Elections

On May 21, 1976, incumbent Congressman Torbert Macdonald died in office, and Markey, a State Representative at the time, won the September 7-candidate Democratic primary with a plurality of 22% of the vote. In the November 1976 special election, he defeated Republican Richard Daly 77%-18%. Markey has been challenged in a Democratic primary 3 times; in 1980 when he won 85%, in 1984 when he won 54%, and in 2002 when he won 85%.

Markey has continually been elected by high margins, with his lowest score of victory being 62% in 1992, in a 3 way election. Markey faced no Republican oppositions in his bids for re-election 8 times, in 1978; 80, 86-90, 2000–02, and 2006.



Markey is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and the National Journal gave him a "Composite Liberal" score of 89.2.


2013 U.S. Senate election

In 2004, Markey was considered a possible contender for John Kerry's seat in the United States Senate if Kerry were to be elected President of the United States. Markey was considered a leading contender to run in the 2010 special election to replace deceased Ted Kennedy. On September 12, 2009 however, he announced his decision to not run and instead endorsed fellow Congressman Michael Capuano, who went on to lose the Democratic primary to Martha Coakley.

On December 27, 2012, Markey was the first to announce his candidacy to run in a special election to fill Kerry's seat following his nomination as United States Secretary of State by Barack Obama. Markey has received the endorsement of several politicians, including Kerry even before his confirmation by the Senate.


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.

Since May 2005, he has been a contributor at The Huffington Post.




February 12, 2013

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