name =Ed Markey
date of birth=birth date and age|1946|07|11
place of birth =
district = 7th
November 2, 1976
succeeded = Incumbent
spouse = Susan Blumenthal
United States Army
Edward John "Ed" Markey (born
July 11, 1946) has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representativessince 1976, representing the 7th District of Massachusetts. Markey is the Dean of the Massachusetts House delegation and the New EnglandHouse delegation as well. He is also the third longest serving member of Congress from New England, behind Ted Kennedyand Patrick Leahy.
Early Life and career
Markey was born in
Malden, Massachusetts, and was educated at Malden Catholic High School, Boston Collegeand Boston College Law School. He served in the United States Army Reserve, and was a lawyer and member of the Massachusetts House of Representativesrepresenting Malden and Melrose before entering the House in 1976.
He is well known for his advocacy for ending
tortureand the practice of extraordinary rendition, through the Torture Outsourcing Prevention Act.
He is a member of the
Congressional Progressive Caucus. The " National Journal" generally gave him a "Composite Liberal" score in the mid-90s. [ [http://www.vote-smart.org/issue_rating_category.php?can_id=H1780103&type=category&category=National%20Journal vote-smart.org] ] Since May 2005, he has been a contributing blogger at " The Huffington Post".
In 2004, he announced that he would run for
John Kerry's seat in the United States Senateif Kerry were to be elected President of the United States. Although Kerry lost the election, Markey was easily reelected in 2004 over Republican Kenneth Chaseand Independent Jim Hall.
He was one of the 31 who voted in the House to not count the
electoral votes from Ohioin the 2004 Presidential election. [http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll007.xml]
He is responsible for introducing legislation to change
daylight saving timeto begin on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November starting in 2007.
In 2003, he began to call attention to the lack of security surrounding air cargo placed on commercial passenger planes, arguing that if all passenger baggage is screened for explosive devices, air cargo on the same plane should be as well. In 2007, he succeeded in getting a 100 percent air cargo screening requirement signed into law, which must be implemented within three years.
In a December 23, 2006 letter to "
The Boston Globe", Markey addressed the controversy over former President Jimmy Carter's book, "". Markey wrote that while Carter "raises some legitimate concerns about Israel's current settlement policy," Israel should not be called an apartheidstate. Markey argued that Israeli policy often reacts to the threats posed by neighboring countries and that the Israeli governmenthas in the past attempted to work out peace deals by giving up land (including the 1978 Camp David Accordsthat Carter helped negotiate).
*Energy and Commerce Committee
**Chair of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance
**Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality
**Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection
*Committee on Homeland Security
**Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection
*Natural Resources Committee
*Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming (Chairman)
*Co-chair of bipartisan Caucus on Nonproliferation
*Co-chair of bipartisan Caucus on Privacy
*Co-chair of bipartisan Caucus on Alzheimer’s disease
*Co-chair of bipartisan Caucus on Cystic Fibrosis
Markey is married to Dr. Susan Blumenthal. He was one of several politicians who appeared in a cameo in the 2003 film "Gods and Generals". He played an Irish Brigade officer. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0279111/fullcredits Full Cast and Crew for "Gods and Generals" (2003)] ]
* [http://www.house.gov/markey/ Congressman Ed Markey] official U.S. House site
* [http://www.edmarkey.org/ The Markey Committee] official campaign site
* [http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Ed_Markey Profile] at
* [http://www.ccnr.org/nucaware_foam_pr.html Markey's Statements on the use of flammable silicone foam firestops in US nuclear power plants] , May 14, 1997
* [http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/07/27/bipartisan-group-of-house-reps-calls-for-35-mpg-standard-in-fina/ Bipartisan group of House Reps calls for 35 mpg standard in final CAFE bill] , July 27, 2007
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