Senator Markey Committee Assignments Congress


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Ideology–Leadership Chart

Markey is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Markey has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Edward “Ed” Markey sits on the following committees:

  • Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness
    • Member, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
    • Member, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security
    • Member, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
  • Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
    • Ranking Member, Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
    • Member, Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
    • Member, Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy
  • Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Enacted Legislation

Markey was the primary sponsor of 25 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Markey sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Energy (21%)Health (21%)Transportation and Public Works (14%)International Affairs (13%)Crime and Law Enforcement (9%)Armed Forces and National Security (8%)Taxation (7%)Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Markey’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Markey’s VoteVote Description
Nay H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Nay S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed 85/13.
Nay H.R. 2029: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
Dec 18, 2015. Motion Agreed to 65/33.
This was the Senate vote on the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, also known as the omnibus spending bill. The bill would fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2016 (through September 30, ...
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Not Voting H.R. 1947 (113th): Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Jun 20, 2013. Failed 195/234.
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
No H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay H.R. 1363 (112th): Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Apr 9, 2011. Passed 348/70.
No H.R. 2965 (111th): Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010
Jul 8, 2009. Passed 386/41.
The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 (H.R. 2965, S. 4023) is a landmark United States federal statute enacted in December 2010 that established a process for ending the Don't ask, don't tell (DADT) policy (10 U.S.C. § 654), thus allowing gays, lesbians, ...

Missed Votes

From Jul 2013 to Mar 2018, Markey missed 21 of 1,361 roll call votes, which is 1.5%. This is on par with the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2013 Jul-Sep3900.0%0th
2013 Oct-Dec8011.3%49th
2014 Jan-Mar9311.1%49th
2014 Apr-Jun12397.3%79th
2014 Jul-Sep5400.0%0th
2014 Nov-Dec9611.0%50th
2015 Jan-Mar13500.0%0th
2015 Apr-Jun8500.0%0th
2015 Jul-Sep52713.5%91st
2015 Oct-Dec6711.5%47th
2016 Jan-Mar3800.0%0th
2016 Apr-Jun7900.0%0th
2016 Jul-Sep3400.0%0th
2016 Nov-Dec1200.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar10111.0%64th
2017 Apr-Jun5400.0%0th
2017 Jul-Sep5300.0%0th
2017 Oct-Dec11700.0%0th
2018 Jan-Mar4900.0%0th

Primary Sources

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Edward “Ed” Markey is pronounced:

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WASHINGTON — Democratic members of the Senate Commerce Committee have named Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) as the ranking member of the subcommittee with oversight of space issues.

Markey will be one of six Democrats on the space, science and competitiveness subcommittee, which deals with NASA and related civil space issues. The subcommittee is chaired by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who led the subcommittee in the previous Congress as well.

Markey replaces Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who was the ranking member of the subcommittee in the previous Congress. Peters, who will remain on the subcommittee, was instead named the top Democrat on the oceans, atmosphere, fisheries and Coast Guard subcommittee.

Peters, despite coming from a state not traditionally associated with spaceflight, was active on space issues in the previous Congress, co-sponsoring NASA authorization legislation as well as a space weather prediction bill. He spoke briefly as a Coalition for Deep Space Exploration reception here Feb. 14, saying he would continue to work to ensure the space industry had the resources and “steady path” it needed.

Markey, who joined the Senate in 2013 after a long career in the House, is not known for his interest in space. He has, however, been active on climate and environment issues, which are expected to be key topics in the new Congress.

“He is a great supporter of science and scientists and will be a tireless defender of Earth Science,” tweeted Laurie Leshin, the president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and a former NASA official, about Markey’s selection to serve as ranking member of the subcommittee.

The full committee’s ranking member, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), will also likely play a major role in space-related issues the subcommittee addresses, given his long-running interest in the subject.

While the subcommittee deals with science issues broadly, space policy is a major aspect of its activities. The subcommittee held only four hearings in the previous Congress, but two were about NASA.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the full committee, announced subcommittee assignments for Republican members last month. The full roster of the space committee is below.

Ted Cruz, Texas, Chairman
Jerry Moran, Kansas
Dan Sullivan, Alaska
Mike Lee, Utah
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia
Cory Gardner, Colorado

Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts, Ranking Member
Brian Schatz, Hawaii
Tom Udall, New Mexico
Gary Peters, Michigan
Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin
Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire

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