Markey is the junior senator from Massachusetts as a Democrat. He has served since Jul 16, 2013. Markey is next up for reelection in 2020.
He was previously the representative for Massachusetts’s 5th congressional district as a Democrat from 2013 to 2013; and the representative for Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 2012.
Read our 2018 Report Card for Markey.
Markey is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Markey has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Feb 14, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Edward “Ed” Markey sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
- Member, Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
- Member, Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety
- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Markey was the primary sponsor of 26 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 708: INTERDICT Act
- S. 3148 (114th): John F. Kennedy Centennial Commission Act
- S. 1251 (114th): Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Convention Amendments Act
- H.R. 4087 (112th): Prescription Drug Labeling Promotion Act of 2012
- 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. 1494 (110th): Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act of 2007
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Markey sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (21%) Energy (18%) International Affairs (15%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Taxation (7%)
Some of Markey’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 508: A bill to extend the authorization for the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory ...
- S. 510: A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for certain ...
- S. 523: A bill to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop ...
- S. 472: A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to ensure that revenues ...
- S. 477: A bill to authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish a ...
- S. 401: A bill to prohibit the research and development, production, and deployment of the ...
- S.Res. 59: A resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green ...
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H.J.Res. 31: Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes.
Feb 14, 2019. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, 2018 the 115th Congress was unable to reach a deal to fund some federal agencies through fiscal year 2019 after ...
H.R. 2: Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
Dec 11, 2018. Conference Report Agreed to 87/13.
See the Congressional Research Service's 122-page summary of the bill. * * * H.R. 2 amends and extends major programs for income support, food and nutrition, land conservation, trade promotion, rural development, research, forestry, horticulture, and other miscellaneous programs administered by the Department of Agriculture ...
H.R. 302: Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2017
Oct 3, 2018. Motion Agreed to 93/6.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which reauthorized federal aviation programs and made changes to aviation and aircraft regulations, such as the aircraft safety certification process, among other changes. The text of the FAA Reauthorization Act of ...
H.R. 1625: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018
Mar 23, 2018. Motion Agreed to 65/32.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the government spending bill for the remainder of fiscal year 2018. On March 22, 2018, the House replaced the text of the bill with the spending bill (preprint text). ---- This bill was formerly the TARGET Act. ...
H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
H.J.Res. 43: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating ...
Mar 30, 2017. Joint Resolution Passed 51/50.
Joe Biden never got the opportunity to break a single 50-50 Senate tie in eight years as vice president. Mike Pence has already broken two. One from last month has since become law: a measure allowing states to withhold federal Planned Parenthood funding. (The other ...
H.R. 1947 (113th): Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Jun 20, 2013. Failed 195/234.
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 legislative change to the U.S. patent system since the ...
H.R. 1363 (112th): Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Apr 9, 2011. Passed 348/70.
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, ...
From Jul 2013 to Feb 2019, Markey missed 23 of 1,612 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is on par with the median of 1.3% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills