Ed (Ed) Markey (D)
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Capitol: 202.224.2742
FAX: 202.224.8525
District: 617.565.8519
Senator
Room 255 DSOB- Dirksen Senate Office Building 100 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-2106

Residence: Malden, MA
Elected: 2013    Next Election: 2026
Spouse: Susan Blumenthal   DOB: 7/11/1946
Committee Assignments
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
Co-ChairSenate Climate Change Clearinghouse
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
ChairmanCongressional Bipartisan Task Force on Nonproliferation
FC MemberCongressional Optics and Photonics Caucus
Co-ChairBicameral Task Force on Climate Change
FC MemberSenate Human Rights Caucus
Co-ChairNuclear Weapons and Arms Control Working Group
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Chemical Safety, Waste Management, Environmental Justice, and Regulatory Oversight
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife
FC MemberJoint Whistleblower Protection Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, Climate Change, and Manufacturing
MemberSenate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
MemberSenate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
FC MemberFriends of Portugal
FC MemberSenate Taiwan Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime Freight, and Ports
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues
MemberSenate Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband
MemberSenate Committee on Environment and Public Works
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberSenate Bike Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Foreign Relations
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Space and Science
FC MemberEnvironmental Justice Caucus
FC MemberSenate Cybersecurity Caucus
FC MemberSenate NIH Caucus
FC MemberSenate Military Family Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberCongressional Cranberry Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Service Caucus
FC MemberSenate Oceans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Bosnia
FC MemberSenate Cultural Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Korea Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
Co-ChairUnited States Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Children's Health Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberVision Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberInvisible Wounds Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease

Bio

Senator Edward J. Markey, a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications policy, has a prolific legislative record on major issues across the policy spectrum and a deep commitment to improving the lives of the people of Massachusetts and our country. While serving for 37 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Senator Markey fought for his constituents throughout his Congressional District. When he was Dean of the Massachusetts delegation in the House, he worked to harness the energy and influence of his colleagues on behalf of the entire Commonwealth. Elected to the Senate in a special election in June 2013, Senator Markey is bringing his experience, energy and expertise to fight for all the people of Massachusetts. Senator Markey has amassed an unparalleled record of energy and environmental legislative achievements. He has consistently fought to create new jobs in American clean energy and served as a leading consumer champion against rising gas prices and foreign oil. He is the principal House author of the 2007 fuel economy law, which will increase fuel economy standards to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, the first increase in a generation. He also is the author of the appliance efficiency act of 1987, which stopped the construction of hundreds of coal-fired plants. Senator Markey authored the law that established the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, and he is the author of the revolutionary law that requires electricity regulators to open up the wholesale electric power market for the first time. In 2009, Congressman Markey was the co-author of the landmark Waxman-Markey bill, the only comprehensive climate legislation ever to pass a chamber of Congress. It gave hope to the world that the United States was serious about addressing climate change and helped America effectively negotiate with the international community. In the House of Representatives, Congressman Markey served as the Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, a signature committee established by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He also served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where he was Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. A member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Senator 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. He is the House author of the 1992 Cable Act, which increased choices for millions of consumers and enabled satellite-delivered programming to be more widely offered. He also authored the law in 1993 that moved over 200 MHz of spectrum from government to commercial use, creating the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th wireless phone companies. New companies entered the market with digital technology, forcing the incumbents to innovate and invest and pushing mobile phone prices down.

Congressman Markey authored the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996, ushering competition into the telecommunications marketplace and unleashing private sector investment. Competition remains Senator Markey's economic mantra-in his words, "ruthless Darwinian competition that would bring a smile to Adam Smith." He has been instrumental in breaking up anti-consumer, anti-innovative monopolies in electricity, long-distance and local telephone service, cable television, and international satellite services. While in the House, Congressman Markey introduced the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, the first net neutrality bill introduced in Congress, to ensure that as the Internet continues to evolve, it remains a level playing field guided by the principles of openness, competition and innovation. He also has been a key leader on providing privacy protections for personal information such as medical records, financial records, and on-line purchases. He has championed strengthening privacy protections for children and is the House author of the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA), the primary law that safeguards children's privacy online.

From 2003 to 2009 in the House of Representatives, Senator Markey also served as a senior member of the Homeland Security Committee. In that capacity, he focused on closing gaps in our homeland defenses, particularly in the areas of nuclear, aviation, maritime, liquefied natural gas and chemical security. In the wake of the 9-11 attacks, he authored the first-ever mandate in the law that 100% of cargo on passenger planes is screened, and 100% of all maritime cargo is scanned before entering America's ports. Senator Markey also was the leader of the national Nuclear Freeze movement and has been a Congressional champion on nuclear nonproliferation. He is the author of some of the most important Wall Street reform laws since the Great Depression, including statutes that strengthened penalties against insider trading, improved federal oversight over the stock and futures markets, and reformed regulation of the government securities market. Senator Markey was born in Malden, Massachusetts, on July 11, 1946. He attended Boston College (B.A., 1968) and Boston College Law School (J.D., 1972). He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was elected to the Massachusetts State House where he served two terms representing Malden and Melrose. He is married to Dr. Susan Blumenthal.