Markey Adjusting to Life as a U.S. Senator

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey says he has a lot to learn but he’s getting used to his new job in Washington. His remarks come three weeks to the day after being sworn in. 

After serving nearly four decades in the House of Representatives, Markey won a special election in June for Secretary of State John Kerry’s former seat in the Senate. He said his experience in Washington is helpful in his new role.

“The politics are the same, but the culture is a little bit different. Over in the American League, there’s a designated hitter, in the National League, there isn’t. It’s still baseball, but you have to learn the different rules between the House and the Senate. That’s what I’m going to be doing, but the good news is, I already know the issues,” Markey says. 

Markey’s comments came in Northampton while he was making his first appearance in western Mass since joining the Senate. Markey’s former congressional district is a largely suburban area north and west of Boston. He says important issues  for residents and elected officials are different in the western part of the state.
 
“Rural broadband issues, agricultural issues that aren’t necessarily as central in the eastern part of the state, and I have to ensure that’s a big part of my agenda back in Washington,” Markey says. 
 
Markey’s visit comes just a day after his Senate colleague, Elizabeth Warren toured the area.