Read our 2016 Report Card for Markey.
Our unique analysis of the bills Markey has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.
Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Markey is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Edward “Ed” Markey sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Member, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
- Member, Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness
- Member, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight
- Member, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
- Member, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
- Member, Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
- Member, Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy
- Member, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues
- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Markey was the primary sponsor of 22 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3148: John F. Kennedy Centennial Commission Act
- S. 1251: Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Convention Amendments Act
- H.R. 2640 (112th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 462 Washington Street in Woburn, Massachusetts, as the “Officer John Maguire Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 4689 (111th): National Alzheimer’s Project Act
- H.R. 2866 (111th): Improving Access to Clinical Trials Act of 2009
- H.R. 492 (111th): For the relief of Esther Karinge.
- H.R. 1494 (110th): Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act of 2007
We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.
Markey sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Energy (26%) Health (24%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Taxation (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) International Affairs (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%)
Some of Markey’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 10: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the trafficking of illicit ...
- S.Res. 632: A resolution supporting a transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy to help ...
- S. 3412: Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2016
- S. 3400: Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2016
- S.Res. 549: A resolution expressing a commitment by the Senate to never forget the service ...
- S. 3225: Opioid QuOTA Act
- S. 3238: Electrochromic Glass Act of 2016
View All » (including bills from previous years)
|Markey’s Vote||Vote Description|
H.R. 1947 (113th): Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Jun 20, 2013. Failed 195/234.
H.R. 325 (113th): No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013
Jan 23, 2013. Passed 285/144.
H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
H.R. 1363 (112th): Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Apr 9, 2011. Passed 348/70.
S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
H.R. 2965 (111th): Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010
Jul 8, 2009. Passed 386/41.
The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 (H.R. 2965, S. 4023) is a landmark United States federal statute enacted in December 2010 that established a process for ending the Don't ask, don't tell (DADT) policy (10 U.S.C. § 654), thus allowing gays, lesbians, ...
H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.
From Jul 2013 to Jan 2017, Markey missed 20 of 1,015 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 10 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills