Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey

Senator from Massachusetts, Democrat

Markey, a Democrat, has been the junior senator from Massachusetts since Jul 16, 2013 (next election in 2020).

He was previously the representative for Massachusetts's 5th congressional district (2013-2013); and the representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district (1975-2012).

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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)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Markey for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Edward “Ed” Markey sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Markey sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Energy (25%) 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%)

Recent Bills

Some of Markey’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Markey’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Nay S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 2012: Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015
Apr 20, 2016. Bill Passed.
Nay On the Nomination PN849: Robert McKinnon Califf, of South Carolina, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services
Feb 24, 2016. Nomination Confirmed.
Nay H.R. 2029: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
Dec 18, 2015. Motion Agreed to.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Jul 16, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jul 2013 to Dec 2016, Markey missed 20 of 987 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is on par with the median of 1.8% 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.

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Primary Sources

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