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What does Ed Markey do in the Senate?

Ed Markey has served as a United States Senator for Massachusetts since 2013. From leading on national issues like climate action and health care to delivering aid, resources, and on the ground support for Massachusetts communities and families, Ed Markey fights every day for our shared progressive values.

As the co-author of the Green New Deal, alongside Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ed Markey is the leading voice in the Senate on climate action. In 2009, Senator Markey wrote the only comprehensive climate legislation ever to pass a chamber of Congress with then-Representative Henry Waxman. He has also authored numerous energy bills, including the 2007 fuel economy law, which will require fuel standards of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, the Appliance Efficiency Act of 1987, which stopped the construction of hundreds of coal fired plants, and the revolutionary law that requires electricity regulators to open up wholesale electric power markets for the first time.

Ed Markey is also committed to ending gun violence in our communities, advocating nationally for the same common sense gun legislation that has led Massachusetts to have one of the lowest gun death rates in the nation. He believes in universal background checks, banning assault weapons, making gun trafficking a federal crime, prohibiting high capacity magazines, and closing the loopholes surrounding the creation of undetectable, plastic guns.

From his efforts in 1994, in banning military-style semi-automatic weapons from China, to his victory over the NRA last December when he secured $25 million in CDC funding for gun violence research, Senator Ed Markey fights to make every community safe from gun violence.

After his mother passed away from Alzheimer’s in 1998, Ed made it his mission to help find a cure for the disease and has since served as the leading member of Congress in the fight for a cure for Alzheimer’s.

The year after his mother’s passing, Ed Markey founded the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s. He co-authored the successful National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which mandated the development of the first comprehensive National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, setting the bold goal of preventing and treating the disease by 2025. He also introduced the Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act, which would require the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to accelerate the development of treatments that prevent, cure, or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and coordinate Alzheimer’s research within federal agencies.

Thanks to his efforts, NIH research funds into Alzheimer’s and other related dementia diseases have increased 370% since 2014, now up to $2.8 billion, all for the purpose of fulfilling the goal of preventing and treating Alzheimer’s by 2025.

More information on all of these important issues and more can be found on the Priorities page.

Where is Ed Markey from?

Ed Markey was born and raised in Malden, Massachusetts and today lives in the same house that he grew up in. Ed attended Malden Catholic High School and went on to be a commuter student at Boston College and Boston College Law School. Ed Markey worked as an ice cream man to help pay his tuition and later became a substitute teacher. Before being elected to the House of Representatives in 1976, Ed served two terms as the State Representative for the 16th Middlesex district, representing Malden and Melrose.

Who is Ed Markey running against?

Senator Ed Markey is running against Representative Joe Kennedy III in the Massachusetts Senate primary. The Massachusetts Senate primary election will take place on September 1, 2020.

Who are the senators from Massachusetts?

Ed Markey serves alongside Senator Elizabeth Warren in the United States Senate. Senator Elizabeth Warren has endorsed Ed Markey in this race.

Who were Ed Markey’s parents?

Ed Markey was raised by Christina and John Markey in Malden, Massachusetts. Christina Markey was valedictorian of her high school class, but when her mother died, she had to forgo her college dreams and take care of her four younger sisters. Ed Markey’s father, John Markey, was a milkman for the Hood Milk Company. Ed fights every day for the principles that he learned at the kitchen table. It was these working class roots that taught Ed the value of hard work and gave him the inspiration to spend his life seeking to provide the same opportunities he had for every child, no matter their race, socioeconomic background, or zip code.

Does Ed Markey support Medicare for All?

Yes! Ed Markey is an original cosponsor of Bernie Sanders’ 2017 Medicare for All bill. He believes healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and that a strong healthcare system is the foundation for a robust economy. Every person deserves to be guaranteed quality, affordable healthcare, and that is what the federal single-payer system, Medicare for All, will provide.

What has Ed Markey done to protect net neutrality?

Ed Markey is one of the strongest supporters of net neutrality in Congress. In 2005, then-Congressman Markey was the first member of the House of Representatives to introduce legislation to protect net neutrality. When the Trump Administration’s FCC voted to repeal net neutrality, Ed Markey led the fight to ensure that the internet is free and open to all. Ed’s Save the Internet Act, which passed the House in April 2019, would overturn the FCC’s ruling if passed by the Senate.

What is the Green New Deal?

The Green New Deal is a resolution that sets in motion a ten-year national mobilization that will mitigate climate emissions and build climate resilience, while creating millions of union jobs. In his next term, Ed is committed to passing a Green New Deal, which calls for all power to be created using 100 percent “clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.” It also calls for overhauling our transportation systems to make them climate-friendly, upgrading buildings to be energy efficient, helping build a smart grid, and restoring watersheds, refuges, and natural ecosystems.

Not only will the Green New Deal save this planet, but it will create millions of good-paying, union jobs that will help rebuild a stronger, safer, more just economy – after the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

The Green New Deal is about transforming our economy and democracy to work for every person. When we talk about a Green New Deal, we are talking about repairing the historic oppression of frontline and vulnerable communities which have borne the worst burdens of our fossil fuel economy. We are talking about justice for the Black and Latino families who breathe different air than white Americans, and are now being hardest hit by a global pandemic.

Since being introduced in February of last year, the Green New Deal has transformed the conversation on what needs to be done to save our planet and ignited a revolution that demands bold and urgent climate action.

Can I donate to Ed Markey?

Of course! Ed Markey is running a positive, issue-oriented campaign powered by the grassroots. If you have a few dollars to spare and would like to help re-elect a progressive champion, please make an online donation today.

You can also mail a check to

The Markey Committee

PO Box 120029

Boston, MA 02112

How can I volunteer for Ed Markey?

Ed Markey is running a grassroots campaign, so he depends on a movement of dedicated progressives to help spread his message. There is so much you can do to help re-elect Ed Markey, all while staying home and socially distancing, including making a supporter page, phonebanking and textbanking with the team on Slack, and joining the Ed Markey Grassroots Team Facebook Group.

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How do I register to vote in the September 1 Massachusetts Senate primary election?

Registering to vote is easy! You can register online or by mail by following the directions here. You need to be a U.S. citizen and 18 years old by the day of the election in order to vote. You can pre-register to vote as young as 16 years old. The deadline to register for an election in Massachusetts is 20 days before, which is August 12 for this year’s September 1 Senate Primary.

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