Ed Markey

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Ed Markey
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U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
Incumbent
In office
2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJohn Kerry (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 25, 2013
First electedNovember 2, 1976
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$9,144,397
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 5
1976 - 2013
Massachusetts House of Representatives
1973-1976
Education
High schoolMalden Catholic High School, MA
Bachelor'sBoston College
J.D.Boston College Law School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1968-1973
Personal
BirthdayJuly 11, 1946
Place of birthMalden, Massachusetts
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$1,503,012
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ed Markey (b. July 11, 1946 in Malden, Massachusetts) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Massachusetts. Markey was first elected to the Senate in 2013.

Markey previously was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Massachusetts' 5th congressional district. Markey was first elected to the House in a 1976 special election replacing Rep. Tobert Macdonald after his death.[1]Markey was serving his nineteenth consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012 when he won the special election for John Kerry's vacant U.S. Senate seat.[2] Markey also previously served Massachusetts' 7th congressional district but due to 2010 redistricting he now represents district 3. [3]

Markey won election to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts for the seat vacated by John Kerry. He won the nomination in the Democratic primary on April 30, 2013 and defeated Gabriel Gomez and Richard Heos (I) in the general election on June 25, 2013.[4][5]

Prior to his election in the House Markey served in the United States Military Reserves from 1968-1973.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Markey is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

After earning his bachelor's degree, Markey joined the U.S. Army Reserve. A year after earning his J.D., Markey entered politics as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Markey serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-12

Markey was a member of the following House committees:[7][8]

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Markey voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]

Campaign themes

2012

On his campaign website, Markey listed 12 issues. They are:[10]

  • Civil Rights

Excerpt: "Ed Markey believes in an America that fully respects and protects the civil rights guaranteed by our Constitution, and which does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, religion, sex, or sexual orientation."

  • Economic Development

Excerpt: "Ed Markey understands that one of the most important roles the federal government can play is that of economic engine, leveraging public with private funds to revitalize urban and suburban areas. From his earliest days as a member of Congress, Ed Markey has worked tirelessly to secure targeted economic development dollars for downtown redevelopment and other projects important to the communities in the 7th District."

  • Energy Independence

Excerpt: "An environmental champion, Ed Markey has provided pioneering leadership in protection our environment, in the fight against global warming and in creating a roadmap for energy independence in the United States."

  • Health

Excerpt: "Ed Markey believes that all Americans deserve access to high quality healthcare and is committed to making universal healthcare a reality."

  • Homeland Security

Excerpt: "In 2003, the House of Representatives established the Select Committee on Homeland Security, and Ed Markey was chosen by the leadership to serve on this important new panel. His appointment reflected years of work he had undertaken prior to September 11, 2001, to try to increase terrorism preparedness at critical infrastructure such as nuclear power plants and LNG facilities."

  • Human Rights

Excerpt: "Ed Markey believes that America's foreign policy should respect and uphold internationally-recognized principles of human rights. Our country has an important leadership role to play in providing hope to those around the world who are denied the right to vote in free and fair elections, the right to organize politically, the right of citizens to engage in political dissent and peaceful protest."

  • Immigration

Excerpt: "As the grandson of Irish immigrants, Ed Markey appreciates how America has, generation after generation, renewed itself by assimilating new immigrants into this great country. America continues to draw strength, vitality, and energy every day from a process of assimilating cultures, religions, and ethnic backgrounds of every kind from around the world."

  • Nuclear Weapons

Excerpt: "Ed Markey believes that it should be a paramount concern of the nations of the world that we reduce and ultimately eliminate nuclear weapons from the face of the planet."

  • Privacy

Excerpt: "Ed Markey is one of the most vigorous champions of consumer privacy protection in Congress."

  • Telecommunications

Excerpt: "Ed Markey is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet and has served on that panel since his first election in 1976. In this capacity, Ed has worked on every major telecommunications law passed in the last 30 years."

  • Veterans

Excerpt: "Ed Markey believes that the VA was created to serve all veterans, not just those veterans it can "afford" to serve. All veterans, regardless of income, have earned the right to high-quality health care services."

  • War in Iraq

Excerpt: "But as we now know, the Bush Administration never cared whether or not there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The fact that Saddam Hussein is gone is good. But it was not worth a single American life to invade Iraq since Saddam Hussein did not have an active nuclear weapons program." [10]

Polls

2013

General election

General candidates: Markey v. Gomez
Poll Ed Markey Gabriel GomezUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
May 3, 2013
44%40%16%+/-2.51,539
Suffolk University/News 7
May 4-7, 2013
54%35%11%+/-4.4500
WBUR
May5-6, 2013
46%38%16%+/-4.4497
OnMessage
May 5-7, 2013
46%43%11%+/-3.4800
Public Policy Polling
May 13-15, 2013
48%41%11%+/-3.3880
Yougov America
May 30-June 4, 2013
42%32%26%+/-5.4500
New England College
June 1-2, 2013
52%40%8%+/-3.62734
Public Policy Polling
June 3-4, 2013
47%39%14%+/-4.1560
Suffolk University
June 6-9, 2013
48%41%10%+/-4.4500
WBUR
June 6-9, 2013
46%39%15%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 47.3% 38.8% 13.8% +/-3.99 651
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


General candidates: Markey v. Gomez
Poll Ed Markey Gabriel GomezUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
June 10-11, 2013
49%37%14%+/-4.39498
Boston Globe
June 11-14, 2013
54%41%5%+/-3.6755
OnMessage
June 16-17, 2013
47%40%12%+/-4600
McLaughlin & Associates
June 17-19, 2013
47%44%9%+/-31,100
UMass Lowell-Boston Herald
June 15-19, 2013
56%36%7%+/-4600
Emerson College
June 19-20, 2013
51%41%8%+/-2.51,422
New England College
June 18-20, 2013
56%36%8%+/-4.07579
Western New England University
June 16-20, 2013
49%41%9%+/-3.7717
Suffolk University
June 19-22
52%42%4%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 51.22% 39.78% 8.44% +/-3.74 752.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

The OnMessage poll from May 5-7, 2013 was commissioned jointly by the Gomez campaign and National Republican Senatorial Committee.[11]

Democratic primary

Democratic primary candidates: Markey v. Lynch
Poll Ed Markey Stephen LynchUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
January 29-30
52%19%29%+/-4.9404
MassINC Polling Group
February 11-13
38%31%26%+/-4.4498
UMass Lowell/Boston Herald
March 2-March 5, 2013
50%20.5%30%+/-4600
Mass Inc./WBUR
March 19-21,2013
35%24%41%+/-4.1610
Public Policy Polling
March 26-27,2013
49%32%9%+/-4.4496
Western New England Univ
April 11-18, 2013
38%15%37%+/-4.5480
Released by Stephen Lynch campaign
April 24, 2013
44.5%38.9%16.5%+/-2.71,374
AVERAGES 43.79% 25.77% 26.93% +/-4.14 637.43
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

The UMASS Lowell/Boston Herald poll also indicated that, if the June 25 general election were held on that date, March 6th, Ed Markey would defeat state Representative Daniel Winslow by 23 percentage points, former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez by 19.5 percentage points, and former US attorney Michael Sullivan by 17 points.[12]

MassINC Polling Group Poll

With respect to the demographics of the MassINC poll, questions regarding the Democratic primary were only asked to respondents who classified themselves as Democrat or Independent/Unenrolled. Based on the information provided in the poll, 36% of the respondents were Democrat and 53% were Independent/Unenrolled.[13]

Elections

2013

See also: United States Senate special election in Massachusetts, 2013

Markey won election to the United States Senate seat vacated by John Kerry, after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate to Secretary of State.[14][15]

Markey and Stephen Lynch participated in six debates. Three focused on general issues and the each of the remaining three focused on a different topic. One centered on jobs, another on domestic issues, and the final one centered on foreign affairs. The debates were held throughout the state including locations in Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Lowell, and New Bedford.[16]

Markey won the nomination in the Democratic primary on April 30, 2013, defeating challenger Stephen Lynch. The general election was held on June 25, 2013.[17] He defeatedGabriel Gomez and Richard Heos (I) in the general election to win the seat.[4]

Endorsements

  • American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 93
"When it comes to fighting for the middle class and securing adequate federal funding for the essential public services that Massachusetts needs and we provide, we know we can always count on Ed Markey."[18]
  • Markey's campaign released a list of over 100 state politicians on April 25, 2013.[19]
The list included House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steven Grossman.[19] It also included 17 state senators, 63 state representatives and 18 mayors – including all the mayors and state legislators in the 5th Congressional District, which Markey represents.[19]
  • On April 27, 2013 Caroline Kennedy announced her endorsement for Markey.
In a press-release Markey stated, "I'm so proud to have the support of Caroline Kennedy, a friend and passionate advocate for our children, families, and seniors. I share Caroline's commitment to taking on big fights for the people of Massachusetts, and in the Senate I will fight to defend President Obama's historic health care reform law, protect a woman's right to choose, and ensure all people have access to the opportunities to succeed in the 21st century."[20]

2012

See also: Redistricting in Massachusetts and United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts, 2012

Markey ran for re-election in 2012. He has been redistricted and sought re-election in the 5th congressional district of Massachusetts. He faced no opposition in the Democratic primary on September 6, 2012. [21]


Ed Markey, "Markey: GOP Wants No More Clean Energy Solutions"
U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Markey Incumbent 70.7% 257,490
     Republican Tom Tierney 22.8% 82,944
     N/A All Others 0.2% 675
     N/A Blank Votes 6.3% 23,092
Total Votes 364,201
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Markey is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Markey raised a total of $9,144,397 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[40]

Ed Markey's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 5) Won $1,091,666
2010 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 7) Won $1,535,340
2008 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 7) Won $1,454,661
2006 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 7) Won $942,520
2004 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 7) Won $2,840,650
2002 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 7) Won $688,471
2000 U.S. House (Massachusetts, District 7) Won $591,089
Grand Total Raised $9,144,397

2013

Top recipients of lobbyist contributions

On a list of Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013 from Open Secrets, Markey ranked 1st on the list with $183,340 in lobbyist contributions.[41]

U.S. Senate Special Election

U.S. Rep. Markey raised about $4.8 million from the time he announced he would be running in the special election race to April 2013.[42] Markey's Democratic rival, fellow U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch reported raising approximately $1.5 million since entering the race in late January, adding to the $745,000 left over from his last House race.[42]

After beginning with more than $3 million in his congressional campaign account at the start of the campaign, Markey had a total of $7.8 million on hand in early April. After spending about $3.2 million, his account was left with about $4.6 million as of April 10, 2013.[42] According to reports, more than 53 percent of the money raised by Markey came from outside of the state, with only approximately 47 percent coming from Massachusetts donors. According to Markey's campaign, approximately 83 percent of the more than 18,000 individuals who contributed to his campaign gave $100 or less.[42]

Lynch reported spending more than $1.7 million through April 10 and had more than $514,000 left in his account for the final stretch.[42] According to his campaign, about 93 percent of the approximately 3,300 individual donors live in Massachusetts and approximately 45 percent of those who donated to his campaign gave $100 or less.[42]

2012

Breakdown of the source of Markey's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Markey won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Markey's campaign committee raised a total of $1,091,666 and spent $1,110,492.[43]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Markey's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Markey won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Markey's campaign committee raised a total of $1,535,340 and spent $1,291,210.[44]

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts, 7th District, 2010 - Ed Markey Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,535,340
Total Spent $1,291,210
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $45,403
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $41,307
Top contributors to Ed Markey's campaign committee
Enernoc Inc$24,900
Thermo Fisher Scientific$18,100
Feeley & Driscoll$15,500
DLA Piper$14,900
Holcim Ltd$14,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Electric Utilities$146,900
Lawyers/Law Firms$121,150
Lobbyists$113,754
TV/Movies/Music$65,750
Telecom Services & Equipment$59,750

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Markey is a "moderate Democratic leader" as of June 24, 2013.[45]

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress, tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.[46]

Markey most often votes with:

Markey least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Markey missed 897 of 21,702 roll call votes from Jan 1977 to Mar 2013, which is 4.1% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. [47]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Markey paid his congressional staff a total of $1,229,246 in 2011. He ranked 4th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 4th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Massachusetts ranked 2nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[48]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Markey's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $855,025 and $2,151,000. This averages to $1,503,012, which is a 0.57% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[49]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Markey's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $868,025 and $2,121,000. That averages to $1,494,512.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[50]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Markey was ranked the 15th most liberal representative during 2012.[51]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Ed Markey was ranked the 41st most liberal representative during 2011.[52]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Markey has voted with the Democratic Party 90.7% of the time, which ranked 154 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[53]

Recent news

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Personal

Markey is married to Dr. Susan Blumenthal.[54]

External links


References

  1. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Edward John Markey," Accessed December 2, 2011
  2. CBS, "Ed Markey To Be Sworn In As New U.S. Senator," Accessed July 16, 2013
  3. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Massachusetts"
  4. 4.0 4.1 [WCVB TV, "Massachusetts U.S. Senate Special Election Results," Accessed June 25, 2013 WCVB.com "Special Election Results" Accessed June 25, 2013]
  5. WCVB, "2013 U.S. Senate Special Election Results," Accessed April 30, 2013
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. House Energy and Commerce Committee, "Subcommittees," Accessed December 2, 2011
  8. House Committee on Natural Resources, "Members," Accessed December 2, 2011
  9. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ed Markey for Congress, "Issues," August 13, 2012
  11. National Journal "In Massachusetts, Gomez Internal Poll Shows Close Race" accessed May 14, 2013
  12. Boston Herald "Markey leads Lynch by wide margin in new poll" accessed March 7, 2013
  13. MassINC Polling Group, "WBUR Massachusetts Senate Special Election Poll," Accessed February 18, 2013
  14. Boston Globe, "US Rep. Edward Markey to run in Senate special election," December 27, 2012
  15. Yahoo news, "Mo Cowan appointed interim U.S. senator for Massachusetts"
  16. Boston Herald, "Markey, Lynch agree to 6 debates," Accessed February 25, 2013
  17. WCVB, "2013 U.S. Senate Special Election Results," Accessed April 30, 2013
  18. Mass Live, "Democratic Senate candidate Ed Markey lands endorsement from AFSCME Council 93 union representing 35k Massachusetts employees," Accessed February 23, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Mass Live, "Markey Touts Support from 100 State Politicians," Accessed April 28, 2013
  20. Huffington Post, "Caroline Kennedy Endorses Ed Markey In Massachusetts Senate Race," Accessed April 28, 2013
  21. Boston Herald, "Redistricting throws U.S. Reps. Keating, Lynch into likely faceoff," Accessed January 22, 2012
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
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  41. Open Secrets, "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013," Accessed July 3, 2013
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 42.4 42.5 Seattle PI "Democratic Rep. Markey raises $4.8M for Senate bid" Accessed April 22, 21013
  43. Open Secrets, " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Edward J. Markey 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed December 2, 2011
  45. GovTrack, "Markey," Accessed June 24, 2013
  46. OpenCongress, "Ed Markey," Accessed August 5, 2013
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  48. [ http://www.legistorm.com/member/351/Rep_Ed_Markey.html html LegiStorm, "Ed Markey"]
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  51. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
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  54. Official House website, "About Ed," Accessed December 2, 2011
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United States Senate - Massachusetts
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