U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey is the Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee. He has served on the Committee since his election to the House of Representatives in 1976.
From 2007 to 2010, at the direction of then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Markey served as Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. During the 111th Congress, Markey also chaired the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee.
In addition to his work on energy and environmental issues, Markey served for 20 years as Chair or Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, where he was the principal author of many of the laws now governing our nation’s telephone, broadcasting, cable television, wireless, and broadband communications systems.
From 2003 to 2009, Markey served as a senior member of The House Homeland Security Committee. In that capacity, he focused on closing gaps in our homeland defenses, particularly in the areas of nuclear, aviation, rail, liquefied natural gas and chemical security.
In addition, Markey is the co-chair of bipartisan Caucuses on Nonproliferation, on Privacy, on Alzheimer’s disease, and on Cystic Fibrosis.
Markey was born in Malden and attended Boston College (B.A., 1968) and Boston College Law School (J.D., 1972). He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was elected to the Massachusetts State House where he served two terms representing Malden and Melrose. He is married to Dr. Susan Blumenthal.