President Barack Obama congratulated Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) late Tuesday night on the congressman's victory over Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez for the open Massachusetts Senate seat.
"Ed has distinguished himself as a leader on many of the key challenges of our time—from fighting carbon pollution to protecting our children from gun violence to creating good, middle-class jobs," Obama said in a statement. "He’s earned a reputation as an effective, creative legislator, willing to partner with colleagues across the aisle to make progress on the issues that matter most. The people of Massachusetts can be proud that they have another strong leader fighting for them in the Senate, and people across the country will benefit from Ed’s talent and integrity."
Obama also thanked Secretary of State John Kerry, the former senator Markey will be replacing for the remainder of his term, for his service in both the Senate and the State Department.