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MTA president hails election of Edward Markey to U.S. Senate

MTA President Paul Toner released the following statement about the election of U.S. Representative Edward Markey to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, June 25:

I heartily congratulate Senator-Elect Ed Markey on his victory in today’s special election. MTA members are confident that Markey will be a strong advocate for students and public education in the Senate.

As a U.S. representative, Markey has established an excellent record in support of public education and students at all levels, from prekindergarten through college. He has been a stalwart in the fight to adequately fund public education and to see to it that children across the country have equal access to learning and technology.

We look forward to his continued efforts in the Senate, not only on behalf of Massachusetts students, educators, public schools and colleges, but also on behalf of all of our nation’s children.

The MTA is proud to have played a role in helping elect Ed Markey to the seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry. Our members worked hard, calling fellow educators and helping to get out the vote. I can’t thank them enough for their efforts.

Markey, who currently represents the 5th Congressional District, energized the 1,000 delegates at the MTA Annual Meeting when he addressed them in May. He has received an “A” rating from the NEA for his advocacy on education issues, working families and seniors, and he was strongly recommended in the election by both the MTA and the NEA.

His election to the Senate is well deserved, and we look forward to working with him in the days ahead.