Progressive champion Senator Ed Markey has represented Massachusetts in the Senate since 2013.
A lifelong public servant, Senator Ed Markey was first elected to Congress in 1976. He was appointed to the Senate to replace John Kerry in 2013, and ran for reelection the following year. Markey is a champion for clean energy policies, climate action, and civil liberties. Notably, the Senator was instrumental in defending net neutrality and co-authoring the Green New Deal.
Markey is a popular incumbent and a leading progressive voice in the Senate. He is a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Markey has been a strong champion of J Street’s issues during his time in the Senate. He believes unilateral annexation “would undermine long-term prospects for peace and Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state.” A leading voice on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, Markey has been similarly strong on Iran. He cosponsored the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act and voted for the War Powers Resolution, which reasserts Congress’ constitutional authority over the power to declare war.
In 2015, Markey also served as one of the earliest supporters of President Obama's Iran Deal, which verifiably blocked Iran's path to nuclear weapons. Following America's withdrawal from the agreement, Markey said, “the Iran nuclear deal was doing exactly what it was designed to do – verifiably ensuring Iran did not obtain nuclear weapons.” In an effort to preserve the deal, Markey introduced the Iran Diplomacy Act which calls upon the United States and Iran to return to no less than their commitments under the agreement.