MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Democrat Edward Markey is preparing to make the leap to the Senate after winning Massachusetts' special election to fill the seat left vacant by John Kerry's resignation to become secretary of state.
Markey, who has served 37 years in the U.S. House, is pledging to push for an assault weapons ban, spark a green energy revolution and boost job growth in Massachusetts.
Voters hoping for a political firebrand will likely be disappointed. Throughout his career, Markey has taken a methodical, behind-the-scenes approach to lawmaking. Given the low-key campaign Markey waged during the past five months, there's little indication he's ready to break that mold.
Markey captured 55 percent of the vote Tuesday compared with 45 percent for Republican Gabriel Gomez.
Markey likely won't be sworn in until after Independence Day.