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Springfield Republican: Sen. Ed Markey lays out priorities in maiden Senate floor speech

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, laid out some of his core priorities in his maiden speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

Markey’s speech, which included historical references and sweeping praise for Massachusetts, touched on issues including clean energy and climate change, gun violence and privacy.

“Massachusetts has survived, and it has thrived, because of our tradition of innovation and imagination,” Markey said. “We invent the materials that power our economy. We initiate the moral discussions that advance a nation. We are never satisfied with what we have accomplished, instead always pushing for progress, embracing the promise of the rising sun.”

Markey called Massachusetts “a high-tech, clean-tech, bio-tech hub.”

Markey was elected to the Senate in June to replace Secretary of State John Kerry. In the U.S. House, Markey was an expert on energy and telecommunications policy. He also co-chaired a caucus on privacy issues. Markey indicated that he would keep some of the same priorities in the Senate.