U.S. SENATOR EDWARD J. MARKEY
Senator Ed Markey is a passionate voice for the families and future of Massachusetts. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 as one of its youngest members, Ed has built a powerful, progressive legislative record in Congress by standing up for families, fighting the special interests and making an important difference for people in Massachusetts and our country. Now Ed continues his prolific legislative efforts and strong advocacy in the U.S. Senate since winning the special election held on June 25th, 2013 to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat formerly held by John F. Kerry, who went on to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of State.
It took no time for Ed to make his mark. The first bill Ed introduced in the U.S. Senate would create thousands of jobs and quadruple America’s clean electricity production. It requires that a minimum of 25 percent of electricity come from renewable sources like wind, solar and geothermal by 2025. After Ed released a report showing how outdated, leaky natural gas pipelines are costing consumers billions and releasing harmful pollution that adds to global warming, he introduced legislation in the Senate to promote the modernization of our nation’s natural gas infrastructure, creating jobs, lowering costs for consumers and fixing the leaks that contribute to global warming pollution.
As a U.S. Senator, Ed has also fought successfully for the release of more than $450 million in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that helps needy families in Massachusetts and around the country pay their heating and cooling bills.
Throughout his career, Ed has stood up for Massachusetts, doing what’s right for the people he represents. He is a prolific legislator and has a proven record of working in a bipartisan manner. Ed brings passion and energy to take on the most important issues facing Massachusetts families and our country.
Ed is from Malden, Massachusetts. His father drove a truck for the Hood Milk Company and worked his way up to supervisor. His mother graduated first in her high school class, but left school to care for her sisters after their mother’s death. On Townsend Street in Malden, Ed’s mother and father taught him the values that still guide him today: fairness, honesty, integrity, and giving back to your community and country.
Ed graduated from Malden Catholic High School. He was the first in his family to go to college and worked his way through Boston College driving an ice cream truck. He then graduated Boston College Law School and served in the Massachusetts State Legislature for two terms until he was elected to Congress in 1976. Ed is the recipient of numerous awards including honorary doctorates for his important contributions to improving the lives of people in Massachusetts and America.
Ed is married to Dr. Susan Blumenthal. Devoted to the Pats, Sox, Celtics and Bruins, with an accent that’s hard to miss, Ed Markey is Massachusetts through and through.