U.S. Congressman Ed Markey has launched his campaign for U.S. Senate.
First elected to Congress in 1976, the Malden Democrat has announced his intention to seek the seat, which will be vacated by Senator John Kerry, who is expected to be the next Secretary of State.
Rep. Markey’s campaign website, edmarkey.org, states "Markey for Senate" but doesn’t appear to have more content than just the home page.
Several media outlets, including Boston.com, are reporting the expected run.
"I have decided to run for the U.S. Senate because this fight is too important," Markey said in a statement. "There is so much at stake. We need a Senator who will work with President Obama, and anyone else, to move our country and our Commonwealth forward.
"We need to invest in innovation and jobs, protect Social Security and Medicare, institute sane policies on guns and violence, and curb the pollution that is causing global warming."
Rep. Markey, a Malden native,successfully fought off a Republican challenger in November to win reelection to another two-year term, which begins in January. It is unclear at this point when exactly the Senate race would take place in 2013.
Two other Bay State congressmen, Michael Capuano of Somerville, and Stephen Lynch of South Boston, both Democrats, have also expressed interest in seeking Kerry’s seat.
No Republican has yet announced, but Scott Brown is expected to run, and former governor William Weld has hinted that he might.
In Arlington in November, he led a summit at Town hall, attended by nearly 500 people, that discussed issues of climate change following Hurricane Sandy.
The author of this story manages InsideMedford.com. It was first published Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, and updated the next day.