—Recently elected Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey is the newest member
of the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee.
The long-time House Democrat won a special election on June 25 to join the upper chamber, defeating Republican Gabriel Gomez.
Markey worked on communications legislation as a member of the House
Energy and Committee for decades, including a stint as chairman of the
telecommunications and Internet subcommittee. He also co-authored the
House version of the ’96 Telecom Act.
Today, Senate Commerce Committee Chair, West Virginia Democrat Sen.
Jay Rockefeller, said in Markey’s 37 years in the House, the
Massachusetts Democrat became known for his tough but fair approach to
consumer protection issues.
“Senator Markey shares my commitment to making sure consumers have
more control over their personal information. And he shares my deep
commitment to bring the power of technology to all students through
E-Rate,” said Rockefeller, referring to the FCC program that subsidizes
Internet service in schools and libraries.
The 67-year-old Markey said he wanted to join the Senate to be part
of the majority political party in the upper chamber. He was sworn in as
the junior senator of Massachusetts Tuesday.