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opinion | Peter Ubertaccio

The state’s lost clout in Washington

Unable to move their colleagues in their direction, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey voted no on the student loan rate bill earlier this week. There was a time when members of Congress from Massachusetts would have crafted such a bill, chaired the committee hearings to consider it, and maneuvered it through both houses. That era is over. Warren is in her seventh month on the job. Markey is even newer — the seventh senator from the Commonwealth in just four years.

This reality puts the Commonwealth in a new and unwelcome political position. The Bay State now ranks last in Senate seniority, and no member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation holds a committee chair or leadership position in either the Senate or the House. For the first time since early 1919, no member of our House delegation has served with a speaker from Massachusetts.

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