Policy

Markey Sworn In As Mass. Senator

Ex-House Communications Subcommittee Chair Won Special Election 7/16/2013 8:43 AM Eastern

Former House Communications Subcommittee chair Ed Markey (D-Mass.) was sworn in as the new senator from Massachusetts by Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday.

Markey won a special election last month for the seat of Secretary of State John Kerry. Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez.

In his acceptance speech, Markey talked about a number of priority issues, leading off with clean energy and transportation infrastructure. He also talked about information technology and the need to keep innovating to create jobs.

Markey is a fan of network neutrality and, before switching his main focus to energy policy, was one of the most active House members on the communications front, including mandating an FCC national broadband plan, weighing in against some major mergers, pushing to preserve the ban on exclusive contracts, advocating for cableCARD fixes,  implementing children's TV regs and the V-chip ratings system, and lots more. He has remained a leading voice for protecting online privacy.

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