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Ed Markey’s Residency: Does It Matter?

U.S. Rep. Ed Markey laughs at Faneuil Hall in Boston Jan. 31 during John Kerry's farewell tour of Massachusetts before he becomes secretary of state. (Winslow Townson/AP)

U.S. Rep. Ed Markey laughs at Faneuil Hall in Boston Jan. 31 during John Kerry’s farewell tour of Massachusetts before he becomes secretary of state. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and Rep. Ed Markey owns two homes: one in Malden and one in Chevy Chase, Md. His detractors say he spends too much time in Washington and has lost touch with his constituency.

While the only constitutional requirement of a U.S. representative is that one “shall be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen”, there has long been an expectation by constituents that their congressman actually live in the district.

We speak to NPR political junkie Ken Rudin to find out whether, in this day and age when the business of politics is conducted in Washington, D.C., it really even matters anymore.

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