Markey, then running for Congress, seized the opportunity. He launched an ad that showed him standing before his desk using the tagline: “The bosses can tell me where to sit, but nobody tells me where to stand.”
Markey took his seat in Congress in 1977 and was assigned to committees overseeing health care and energy by a fellow Massachusetts Democrat, former U.S. House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill.
For the next three decades, Markey built a legislative portfolio that included work on energy, telecommunications, national security and the environment.
He wrote legislation to set minimum safety standards for the construction and operation of liquefied natural gas facilities and helped persuade then-President Clinton to block the importation of inexpensive Chinese semi-automatic assault weapons.
He also pressed for the breakup of the monopoly that AT&T Corp. had on phone service, wrote legislation to increase competition in the cable television industry and collaborated on the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Markey also has fended off critics who point to the home he owns in Chevy Chase, Md., to suggest that he’s gone from political firebrand to Washington insider. But Markey insists his true home is his family’s house in Malden.
Markey and his wife bought the house in 2001 following his father’s death.
“I have lived in the same house in Malden for more than 60 years,” he said.
NAME: Edward Markey AGE: 66; born July 11, 1946 EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from Boston College, 1968; juris doctorate from Boston College Law School, 1972. CAREER: Markey served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977. He entered Congress in 1977, where he represents the state's 5th Congressional District. He is the ranking Democratic member of the Natural Resources Committee, which he has served on since first winning a seat in Congress. From 2007 to 2010, Markey served as chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. During the 111th Congress from 2009 to 2011, Markey served as chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee. For 20 years, Markey also served as chairman or ranking Democratic member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. From 2003 to 2009, Markey served as a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee. FAMILY: Lives in Malden with his wife, Susan Blumenthal. QUOTE: "I went to Congress aided by the values of my hometown of Malden and worked every day fighting those fights that the people of Malden and across Massachusetts would fight if they were there."