U.S. Senate (D-MA)
Edward "Ed" Markey is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts. From 1976 to 2013 he served as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 5th congressional district. In 2013, following John Kerry's appointment as the U.S. Secretary of State, Markey was elected to serve out the balance of Kerry's sixth Senate term in a 2013 special election. He currently serves on the Commerce, Science & Transportation, Foreign Relations, and Small Business Committees.
Markey is a national leader on telecommunications policy, technology, and privacy. In the House, he served for 20 years as Chair or Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, where he fostered the growth of new information technologies and was the principal author of many of the laws now governing our nation’s telephone, broadcasting, cable television, wireless, and broadband communications systems.
As founder of the Nonproliferation Caucus, Markey continues to spearhead efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to safeguard the future for generations to come.
A proponent of immigration reform, Markey has voted to extend Immigrant Residency rules and to increase immigrant visas for skilled workers. Markey supported of the USA Freedom Act of 2013, which brings several reforms to key government surveillance programs.
Marital Status: Married (Susan Blumenthal)
Prev. Occupation: Attorney
Prev. Political Exp.: MA House, 1973-77; US House, 1976-2013
Military: USAR, 1968-73
Education: BA Boston College, 1968; JD Boston College, 1972
Birthplace: Malden, MA