• New US Sen. Markey receives committee assignments


    BOSTON (AP) - Newly elected U.S. Sen. Edward Markey found out Wednesday which committees he will serve on in the Senate.

    Markey was appointed to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Commerce, Science and Transportation and Foreign Relations committees.

    Markey's predecessor - former Sen. John Kerry - spent his entire congressional career on the Foreign Relations Committee, including six stints as chairman.

    Markey said he's honored by the appointments, which he said he'll use to help benefit the Massachusetts economy.

    "Massachusetts is an international innovation hub and our state's business plan relies on a safe, stable global community." Markey said in a statement. "I plan to help foster the commonwealth's innovation economy to encourage job growth and global competitiveness."

    Markey was sworn in Tuesday as the newest member of the Senate and the state's junior senator.

    The state's senior senator, Elizabeth Warren, serves on the Aging, Banking, and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committees.

    Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez in a special election last month to fill the seat left vacant by Kerry's resignation to become secretary of state.

    During his entire 37 years in the U.S. House, Markey served on the Natural Resources and Energy and Commerce committees.

    Warren has served in the Senate since January after defeating Republican Scott Brown last year.

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