Ed Markey

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Ed Markey currently serves the 7th Congressional district of Massachusetts

Edward John Markey has been a Democratic member of the U. S. House of Representatives, representing the 7th District of Massachusetts, since 1977. (map)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Markey voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

On January 9, 2007, Rep. Markey introduced a House version (H.R. 353) of Sen. Ted Kennedy's (D-Mass.) bill to restrict Bush from committing more troops to Iraq unless Congress approved the move.

Main article: Congressional actions regarding President Bush’s 2007 proposed troop “surge” in Iraq
For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.


His beliefs on Abortion are not consistent with his beliefs on Environmental issues. He openly believes abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape and when the life of the woman is endangered. [1] Usually, a view like this on the issue of abortion is considered quite conservative. His interest group ratings are mostly 100%, and the things he is in support of contrast his beliefs on abortion. [2]

Environmental record

Markey stands strong for the environment. His actions that he takes to save our world cry out, “I’m a liberal.” Markey has introduced new legislation to not drill off Georges Bank [3].

He also introduced a revolutionary Global Warming bill. [4]

A majority of his interest group ratings range between 95 and 100%, showing his compassion for our world.

Energy and Fuel Economy

Markey has fought hard in the fight for energy independence since the beginning of his days in Congress. A long-time advocate of shifting away from a dependence on foreign oil, Markey has been a captain and determined leader of increasing fuel economy standards for automobiles. He has introduced a proposal to increase the minimum fuel economy to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, and became a law in December 2007. [5] His interest group rating of the Campaign for America’s Future is 100%, however, the group is comprised of conservative views. [6]

Markey calls on the house to pass energy bill, here is a link to the video. [7]

Support for gun control

In 1991, Markey cosponsored H.R. 3104, which would have amended title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the importation and the manufacture of firearms designed to accept a silencer, bayonet, grenade launcher, flash suppressor, or folding stock, of certain ammunition feeding devices, and of related devices, and to provide for the imposition of enhanced penalties for the possession or the use of any such item in a crime of violence or in a drug trafficking crime.[2]

He also cosponsored H.R. 1312 (Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005) on July 28, 2005.[3]

He also cosponsored H.R. 1022 (Assault Weapons Ban Reauthorization Act of 2007) on March 13, 2007.[4]

Main article: U.S. gun legislation

Calls for arrest of security researcher

In 2006, Markey called for the arrest of Christopher Soghoian, a security researcher at Indiana University. Markey indicated on the floor of the House that he wanted Soghoian arrested for exposing security problems related to the potential to use counterfeit boarding passes at US airports. [8] [9] [10]

Later, Markey commented that rather than being jailed, Soghoian should be "put to work showing public officials how easily our security can be compromised." [11]

Network neutrality legislation

The COPE Act

The Communications Opportunities Promotion and Enhancement (COPE) Act became the main vehicle for the network neutrality battle in 2006. On April 26, 2006, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce debated the Act and several amendments. The most relevant of these with regard to net neutrality was sponsored by Rep. Markey. He introduced an amendment which would have specifically given the Federal Communications Commission the authority to prohibit discrimination and enforce network neutrality. The amendment was co-sponsored by Reps. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Jay Inslee (D-Wash.).[5] The amendment was defeated, 34-22. [6] The committee eventually approved the Act by a vote of 44-12 and sent it to the House floor.

Main article: network neutrality legislation

Chemical security legislation

In January, 2007, Markey announced that he would introduce legislation requiring manufacturers to replace the most toxic chemicals used in production with safer substitutes. One of the primary motivations for the bill was the danger faced by trains which transport the toxic materials. Ed Hamberger, president of the American Association of Railroads, said that more than half of his industry's insurance costs stem from delivering dangerous chemicals. With a $1 billion liability cap on a terrorist event, Hamberger said an attack could literally bankrupt a railroad company.[7]

Main article: Chemical security legislation (U.S.)


Markey was born July 11, 1946 in Malden, Massachusetts. He was educated at Malden Catholic High School, Boston College and Boston College Law School, served in the United States Army Reserve, and was a lawyer and member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives before entering the House.

Congressional career

In 2004 he announced that he would run for John Kerry's seat in the United States Senate if Kerry were to be elected President of the United States. Kerry, however, lost the election, and Markey will continue to serve in the House, to which he was reelected easily in 2004 over Republican Ken Chase and independent Jim Hall by a margin of 74%-21%-5%.

Since May 2005 he has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Markey’s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [12]

2008 Electtions

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Massachusetts superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Ed Markey, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00000270&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Ed Markey
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality
    • Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet - Ranking Minority Member
  • House Committee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Economic Security Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity
    • Subcommittee Management Integration and Oversight
    • Subcommittee on Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack
  • House Committee on Resources
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Ed Markey. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
2108 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-2836
Fax: 202-226-0092
Web Email

District Office- Framingham:
188 Concord Street, Suite 102
Framingham, MA 01702
Phone: 508-875-2900
Fax: 508-370-8165

District Office- Medford:
5 High Street, Suite 101
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: 781-396-2900
Fax: 781-396-3220

Articles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Thomas page on H.R. 3104
  3. Thomas page on H.R. 1312
  4. Thomas page on H.R. 1022
  5. "In Fight to Protect the Internet, House Panel Rejects Net Neutrality," Congressman Ed Markey. April 26, 2006.
  6. Burt Helm. "Tech Giants' Internet Battles," Business Week. April 26, 2006.
  7. Carl Prine, "No consensus on rail shipment regulations," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 15, 2007.



Local blogs and discussion sites

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
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Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on Homeland Security/Subcommittee onTransportation Security and Infrastructure Protection, House Committee on Natural Resources,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 2, 1976
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November 2, 2010
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1. 188 Concord Street, Suite 102, Framingham, MA 01702
Phone: 508-875-2900 / Fax: 508-370-8165
2. 5 High Street, Suite 101, Medford, MA 02155
Phone: 781-396-2900 / Fax: 781-396-3220

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Date of Birth: July 11, 1946