Markey Wins Senate Seat

Former House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Says Info Technology Must Continue Innovating
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Rep. (now Senator) Ed Markey (D-Mass.) won his special election Tuesday for the Senate seat of Secretary of State John Kerry. Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez.

Markey is the former chairman of the House Communications Subcommittee and veteran media consolidation critic. He has concentrated more on energy issues in recent years, but remains a strong voice for privacy protection and supporter of network neutrality.

In his acceptance speech, he 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.

He said he was tired of gridlock in Washington, but added he would never compromise his principles or those of his constituents.

Markey joins Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, who used his election to put out an email solicitation for donations to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee to elect more progressives like Markey.