Sen. Ed Markey is making his 2020 plans known: he will run for re-election.
The 72-year-old Democrat told "OA on Air, the official podcast of O'Neill and Associates" that his decision to run for a second full term is because "this is an important time for our country and we need to ensure that people who know what they're doing and are passionate are there on the front lines every single day to shut down Donald Trump and his agenda."
Markey represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House from 1976 to 2013. In 2013, he ran in and won the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Sen. John Kerry when he became Secretary of State. Markey won re-election to his first full Senate term in 2014.
A Boston Globe-Suffolk University poll conducted last month weighed a potential 2020 Democratic party primary race between Markey and Rep. Seth Moulton. Twenty-four percent of likely Democratic voters say they would back Markey with 18 percent supporting Moulton. Forty-five percent of likely voters said they were undecided.