Mark grew up in Phoenix as the third of six kids, raised by immigrant parents in public housing.

He attended Orangewood Elementary School and Royal Palm Middle School in central Phoenix.

At age 11, he began to mow lawns and rake leaves in the neighborhood to earn enough money

to buy his school clothes and supplies.


Mark is a graduate of Washington High School (Class of 2005), where he was active in the

Interact Club and tracks and field while working full time. Upon graduation, he followed in the

footsteps of his Uncle Hector and enlisted in the United States Army serving 8 years as a

Military Policeman. Immediately after graduating MP School, he was mobilized and sent to Iraq

where he escorted resupply trucks to bases throughout the country earning an Army

Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Badge in the process.


When Mark returned from combat in Iraq, he used the GI Bill to finally do what his parents

couldn’t: attend college. In college, he became active in political campaigns. It was there where

he learned that with a little help from a community that cares, any person could rise and

achieve the American Dream. 


When Mark was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012, thousands of

Phoenicians had no health insurance, were homeless and unemployed, and particularly in SW

Phoenix, had elevated levels of uninvestigated cases of child neglect and abuse. Immediately,

he began to work with Republicans and Democrats alike to successfully expand AHCCCS to

cover hundreds of thousands of people throughout the state. When Mark found out that

abandoned homes in Phoenix were experiencing burglaries, he worked to pass legislation that

required scrap metal dealers to report when vandals attempted to sell them stolen AC units

and electrical wires. After that, he worked with Police and Fire agencies to preserve $50 million

in public safety funding for the City of Phoenix and finally, worked with local Southwest Valley

school districts to solve cases of child neglect and abuse.


Lastly, Mark has worked to preserve funding to keep 80 beds at Central Arizona Shelter Services

open, hire public defenders to ensure justice is applied fairly regardless of income level, and

clean up polluted groundwater in South Phoenix


Of all the places in the world, Phoenix is where Mark’s parents decided to immigrate to,

Phoenix is where Mark was born and raised, and Phoenix is where he and his fiancée have

decided to live.


He loves Phoenix and wants everyone to feel as proud of his city as he feels every day.


Today, Mark lives in downtown Phoenix with his fiancée Lynn and dog Osito.

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