Edward J. Markey (born July 11, 1946) has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1976, representing the 7th District of Massachusetts. He was born in Malden, Massachusetts, was educated at Malden Catholic High School, Boston College and Boston College Law School, served in the United States Army Reserve, and was a lawyer and member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing Malden and Melrose before entering the U.S. House.
He is the ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.
He is well known for his advocacy for ending torture and the practice of Extraordinary Rendition, through the Torture Outsourcing Prevention Act.
In 2004, he announced that he would run for John Kerry's seat in the United States Senate if Kerry were to be elected President of the United States. Kerry, however, lost the election, but Markey was reelected easily in 2004 over Republican Ken Chase and Independent Jim Hall by a margin of 74“1’ŚP> Since May 2005 he has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.
He is married to Dr. Susan Blumenthal.