US Senator Edward J. Markey has raised about $1 million since April for his 2020 reelection, according to his campaign.
Spokeswoman Giselle Barry said this week that the Malden Democrat will report more than $4 million in cash on hand in his second-quarter fund-raising.
Markey’s primary challenger, Shannon Liss-Riordan, said earlier this week that she loaned her campaign $1 million and raised just under $145,000 in the second quarter. She will report about $990,000 in cash on hand.
Markey has been in Congress for more than four decades, including 37 years in the House of Representatives. He won his Senate seat in a 2013 special election to replace John Kerry, who was appointed US secretary of state under President Obama. In that race, Markey defeated US Representative Stephen Lynch in a primary election.
But that’s one of the rare times that Markey has faced a primary challenger.
Liss-Riordan announced her run for Senate in May, vowing to be a “voice and champion” for the working class. In announcing she had loaned her campaign $1 million, she told the Globe in a brief interview Tuesday that she believes it is going to be “an expensive campaign.”
“I’m in this race to win it. And I’m going to do whatever it takes,” Liss-Riordan said Tuesday.
Markey, who is known for fighting for climate change and championing other progressive issues, most recently joining Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in sponsoring the “Green New Deal,” a plan that calls on the federal government cut carbon emissions while creating jobs and stimulating the economy.
Markey has also helped secure $65 million for fentanyl detection equipment at the border and $100 million for research into a universal flu vaccine during his time in the Senate. Recently, the 72-year-old reintroduced a bill that urges other states to adopt Massachusetts gun-licensing and red-flag laws.
“I take every challenger seriously, and that’s why I’m going to conduct this race running at full speed for the next year and a half, nonstop, every day,” Markey told the Globe in June.
Liss-Riordan is Markey’s sole challenger in the Democratic Party so far, but that could soon change. Steve Pemberton, the chief human resources officer for software company WorkHuman, is currently pondering a run against Markey.