Mark Lee Keam is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, which is considered the oldest law-making body in the New World, meeting continuously since 1619.
Every two years since his first election in 2009, voters in the 35th district have chosen Mark to represent them in Richmond.
His House district is in Fairfax County, and includes neighborhoods of McLean, Tysons, Dunn Loring, Town of Vienna, Oakton, Penderbrook, and Fair Oaks.
As a legislator, Mark has drafted more than 100 bills that became state law to improve the quality of life for Virginians.
His policy agenda focuses on strengthening public education and healthcare, growing the economy with innovative jobs, supporting military veterans and public safety, protecting civil and voting rights, reforming tax codes and business regulations, and providing more government transparency and efficiency.
Mark is a recognized leader on environmental protection and clean energy issues. He authored the Virginia Environmental Justice Act and the Solar Freedom Act, and spearheaded legislative efforts to create green jobs, promote solar deployment, ban offshore drilling, incentivize energy efficiency and electric school buses.
In the House, Mark has served in leadership roles as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee and as Chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee.
He has been a member of Courts of Justice; Labor & Commerce; Agriculture, Chesapeake & Natural Resources; and Public Safety committees, as well as a special committee formed to study tax reform and another to study flooding and sea level rising.
As the first Asian-born immigrant and the first Korean American elected to any state-level office in Virginia, Mark co-founded and serves as chair of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus of the General Assembly.
With a reputation for achieving effective and bipartisan results, Mark has received awards from a wide spectrum of organizations, including Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce, Agribusiness Council, League of Conservation Voters, The Sierra Club, Virginia Education Association, Coalition for Open Government, Fairfax County, and Commissioners of the Revenue Association.
Professionally, Mark has over three decades of varied work experiences in both the private and public sectors.
He has been an entrepreneur, in-house counsel with a Fortune 15 tech company, president of a national chamber of commerce, and independent business consultant.
He has also worked in executive and legislative branches of federal and local governments, including service as chief counsel to a United States Senate Assistant Leader.
Active in the community, Mark has worked with dozens of nonprofit organizations that focus on his passions, including civic engagement, promoting literacy and lifelong learning, developing youth leadership, and serving immigrants and minorities.
Mark was born in Korea and lived in Vietnam and Australia before moving to America as a teenager. He received a political science degree from the University of California at Irvine and a law degree from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.
Mark and his wife reside in Vienna with their two children.
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