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Senate : Massachusetts

Ed Markey is a true environmental champion. Before coming to the U.S. Senate, Markey served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 37 years, where he was instrumental in passing major pieces of environmental legislation. His leadership fighting for environmental protections is demonstrated by his lifetime score of 94% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2013.

While in the U.S. House, Markey co-authored comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation that passed the House, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. He was a driving force behind passing stronger fuel economy standards in 2007, holding BP accountable after the disastrous Deepwater Horizon 2010 oil spill, and advocating for protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Markey also chaired the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Markey is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the Senate Climate Action Task Force, and co-chair of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change.

First elected to the Senate in a special election in 2013, Markey fills the seat formerly held by now U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who has a lifetime score of 91% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. In 2014, Markey was elected to his first full term.

In his own words:

“The planet is running a fever, but there are no emergency rooms for planets. We have to engage in the preventive care so that we deploy the strategies which make it possible for our planet to avoid the worst, most catastrophic effects of climate change. We can do it and do it in a way that helps our economy.”

Source: A floor speech delivered by Senator Markey on March 10, 2014

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