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Edward John "Ed" 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. The district includes most of Boston's northern and western suburbs, such as Medford and Framingham. Markey is the Dean of both the Massachusetts and New England House delegations. He is the second-longest serving member of Congress from New England, behind Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

Markey was born and raised in Malden, the son of Christina M. (née Courtney) and John E. Markey, a milkman. He was raised in an Irish Catholic family and educated at Malden Catholic High School, Boston College and Boston College Law School. He served in the United States Army Reserve, and was a lawyer and member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing Malden and Melrose from 1972 to 1976.

In May 1976, longtime 7th District Congressman Torby Macdonald died in office. Markey won a crowded seven-way primary for the seat, which was tantamount to election in this heavily Democratic district. He has been reelected 16 times with no substantive opposition by an average of over 70 percent of the vote.

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