US Sen. Edward Markey Facing Democratic Primary Challenger

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is facing a challenger in next year’s Democratic primary.

Shannon Liss-Riordan, a workers’ rights lawyer, announced her intention Monday to challenge the one-term Massachusetts senator for the Democratic nomination.

Liss-Riordan made the announcement in a video to supporters.

Liss-Riordan said she’s spent her career representing workers who have been taken advantage of by their employers, including servers whose bosses were taking their tips. She’s a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College.

Hours later, Markey said in a statement that he wants to continue helping lead the resistance to President Donald Trump.

Markey served in the U.S. House for decades before winning election to the Senate seat formerly held by Democrat John Kerry in 2013.

Markey has more than $3.5 million in his campaign account.

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