WASHINGTON — Walking with Edward J. Markey through the Senate is like tagging along at his high-school reunion. More than half of his new Senate colleagues are old acquaintances from the House, but in some cases, it’s been a while.
Hey, there’s Roger Wicker, the Mississippi Republican who left the House six years ago. If it isn’t Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who came over in 2011. Here comes a couple of new senators. They were on Markey’s committees for a time, he recalls, in a stream of reminiscences that continues on elevators, through corridors, and down tunnels.