US Senate hopeful Markey points to long record

Screen Shot 2012-12-27 at 3.02.47 PMBOSTON (AP) — Edward Markey is hoping to persuade Massachusetts voters that his life in politics makes him the perfect fit for the U.S. Senate seat now up for grabs.

The Malden Democrat first won election to the state Legislature while still attending Boston College Law School. He would go on to land a seat in Congress a few years later in 1977.

He’s served in Congress ever since, currently representing the state’s 5th Congressional District.

During his decades in Washington, Markey has built up a legislative portfolio that includes work on energy, telecommunications, national security and the environment.

Markey said he’s fought the battles that the average resident from Malden would have fought if given the same opportunity.

Markey is facing off against congressman Stephen Lynch in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.