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U.S. Representative

Edward Markey (D)


MA-Junior Seat
Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Natural Resources, House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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


Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 4 - 1/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 100 - 20/20 100 - 20/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 58 - 11/20 not avail.

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, Edward Markey, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

  • Dem Con Watch
  • Markey's district went for Clinton by 82,465 to 56,388 in the Massachusetts primary.
  • Money in politics

    This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

    Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
    DonorAmount (US Dollars)
    Fresenius Medical Care$ 20,200
    Wilmerhale Llp$ 20,000
    DLA Piper$ 16,500
    Interpublic Group$ 15,300
    Enernoc Inc$ 11,750
    Holcim Ltd$ 10,500
    Partners HealthCare$ 10,500
    Time Warner$ 10,500
    American Assn for Justice$ 10,000
    Laborers Union$ 10,000
    Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
    Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
    the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
    Links to more campaign contribution information for Edward Markey
    from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
    Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
    Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
    Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

    Committees and Affiliations


    Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

    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 Edward 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
      Ph: 202-225-2836 Fax: 202-226-0092
      Webform email
    District offices
    • 188 Concord Street, Suite 102, Framingham, MA 01702
      Ph: 508-875-2900 Fax: (none entered)
    • 5 High Street, Suite 101, Medford, MA 02155
      Ph: 781-396-2900 Fax: (none entered)
    On the Web
    Campaign office
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    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.



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