Edward Markey is the junior Senator for Massachusetts. A Democrat, Markey describes himself as “a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications policy.”
Ed Markey was born in Malden, Massachusetts. He attended Boston College (B.A., 1968) and Boston College Law School (J.D., 1972).
Markey served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was elected to the Massachusetts State House. Markey won the general election for U.S. Senate in 2013. He is the longest-tenured House member ever elected to the Senate.
In 2019 Senator Markey and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced their Green New Deal plan to address climate change. The plan aims to provide jobs and reduce poverty, while fighting climate change by transitioning to 100% renewable, zero-emission energy sources, zero-emission vehicles, and high-speed rail systems. Markey was the author of the Network Neutrality Act, the first such bill in the House, to ensure that as the Internet evolves, it remains a level playing field guided by principles of openness and competition. Markey supports gun control, including improved background checks, ending illegal gun trafficking, and closing loopholes on gun purchases. Markey was one of 46 senators to introduce the Equality Act, designed to guarantee that every LGBT person can live their lives free from the fear of discrimination. Markey believes that decisions about a woman's reproductive health should be left to the woman, her family, her doctor, and her faith.
Ed Markey is married to Dr. Susan Blumenthal, who has held the rank of rear admiral as Assistant Surgeon General.