State Sen. Will Brownsberger has set his sights on Washington, if the opportunity to run for U.S. Congress arises.
Sen. Brownsberger told Patch on Friday that if current U.S. Rep. Markey wins John Kerry's Senate seat, he would launch a campaign to run for Markey's seat.
"Yes, definitely, if he is elected, I will be running for that seat," he said.
Brownsberger said that he hasn't always had his eye on running for Congress, but the possible opportunity to do so is too good to pass up.
"Honestly, I really love the job I have in the state senate and I feel very good about the work I'm doing there, and I'm making a lot of progress," he said. "But it is the kind of thing that happens once in my political lifetime and when I thought about it, I concluded it was something I should really try to do."
Right now, Markey said he is starting to line up people he may want to work with during a potential Congress run, but he said he's mostly working to help get Markey elected.
"He's been my Congressman for a number of years, and been very helpful on a number of things," Brownsberger said, who has begun collecting signatures for Markey and helping him at events. "I'm excited about helping him to be successful," he said.
Brownsberger added that should Markey not get elected, he wouldn't consider a run against him.
Others who have declared they plan to run for Markey's seat include Medford State Sen. Carl Sciortino and State Sen. Katherine Clark of Melrose, according to Boston.com.
Brownsberger hails from Belmont and also represents Watertown and parts of Boston, including the Back Bay, Fenway, Kenmore, Allston and Brighton. He was elected state senate in January 2012 to fill the term of Steven Tolman who left to become president of the AFL-CIO of Massachusetts. He won re-election in November.