Ed Markey cruises to victory in new 5th District

By Chelsea Sheasley, Metro West Daily News

BOSTON – U.S. Rep Ed Markey, the longest serving Massachusetts congressman, was elected to his 19th term in Congress on Tuesday, taking a wide lead in a newly refigured district.

With 55 percent of precincts reporting, Markey, of Malden, led with 75 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Tom Tierney, a Framingham actuary.

“I thank the voters of the new 5th Congressional District for their support, faith and trust,” said Markey, who had joined other Massachusetts Democrats at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel where Elizabeth Warren staged her U.S. Senate victory party.

“I will work tirelessly for the issues that matter most to them – creating jobs, strengthening the middle class, and supporting the 21st century industries and businesses that have made Massachusetts and the 5th Congressional District national leaders in clean tech, biotech and telecommunications” he said.

Markey has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1976. He was moved from the 7th Congressional District to the 5th District when boundaries were redrawn after Massachusetts lost a congressional seat due to population decline in the 2010 Census.

Markey’s new district includes Ashland, Holliston, Sherborn, Southborough and Sudbury for the first time. Markey will continue to represent Framingham and Natick.

Markey is the longest-serving congressman in the state and the second-longest serving in New England, behind Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy.

In Washington, Markey holds leadership roles on energy and environment committees. He is a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the ranking Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee.

Last week Markey introduced legislation calling for strengthened oversight by the Food and Drug Administration over compounding pharmacies nationwide, following the alleged contamination of a Framingham lab that has led to 23 deaths around the country.

In the past 10 years Markey has run for re-election unopposed twice and received no less than 64 percent of the vote. He has never received less than 60 percent of the vote.

In the past year and half, Markey has raised $855,228 in campaign contributions, mostly from individual donors and contributions from energy, telecommunications and pharmaceutical companies. As of the last financial reporting deadline on Oct. 15, he had $3.2 million cash on hand.

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