Amid the frenzy over the snowstorm, State Representative Carl Sciortino, D-Medford, announced plans to run for Ed Markey's seat in US Congress, according to an announcement he posted on his Facebook page.
"I am running to continue the strong progressive leadership that the families of the Fifth District have always counted on," Sciortino said in a statement. "I look forward to bringing my record of accomplishment to Washington to fight for our progressive values."
First elected to the State House in 2004 at age 25, Sciortino -- who is openly gay -- was vocal in the effort to legalize gay marriage in Massachusetts, and has crafted transgender equality legislation. He represents parts of Somerville and Medford.
He graduated from Tufts University in 2000 and holds a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.
Sciortino is the first prominent name to announce candidacy for Markey's seat, which is not yet vacant. It will become free if Markey wins the special election in June for John Kerry's former seat in the US Senate.