Biography and Background

Mark is a 5th generation Idahoan born in Montpelier Idaho. His wife Cheryl and he has four boys that live on an operate a family cattle ranch south of Soda Springs in Bear Lake County. He is a partner in this ranching operation with his brothers as well as a farm in Cassia County. They raise beef cattle and hay.
Upon returning from a two-year mission for his church in Cordoba, Argentina, Mark attended and graduated from Utah State University with a BA in Political Science.
Mark has served as a director on the state board of directors for the Idaho Cattle Association where he served on the Wildlife committee. He also served as a director on the Idaho Farm Bureau state board. Previously, Mark served two years as the State Young Farmers and Ranchers chairman for Farm Bureau and served on various state committees as well.
Mark has served on the Bear Lake Planning and Zoning Committee and currently serves as a trustee on the board of the Bear Lake Memorial Hospital.
He has been very involved with the Bear Lake County GOP as well as the state GOP where he was the Bear Lake County Young Republican Chair as well as a Legislative District Vice Chair, Legislative District Chair, Region Vice Chair and Region Chair.
Mark was appointed by Governor Butch Otter to the Idaho State Senate in the summer of 2015 to finish the term of Senator John Tippetts. Since then, he ran and won three elections and is currently serving his 4th term. Mark has served on the Senate Agriculture Affairs Committee, the Senate Transportation Committee and is serving on the Senate Health and Welfare and Senate State Affairs Committees. He is also the Co-chair of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee (JLOC) and was elected by his Senate peers to serve as the Majority Caucus Chair.

Top 3 Issues

Issue 1

The protection of private property rights. This right is essential to who we are as Americans and is what sets us apart from other nations. This also includes policies to protect Idaho’s water for the citizens of Idaho. It seems we are under constant threat from an overreaching federal government in both these areas.

Issue 2

Reducing taxes and regulations. Over taxation and over regulation stifles businesses and economic growth. Being fiscally responsible, lowering taxes and reducing regulations as a state allows businesses and families to thrive and be successful. Less taxes also means a smaller, more efficient and less intrusive government.

Issue 3

Adherence to the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Idaho. The rights of the people and the restrictions of the powers of government are paramount and need constant vigilance in all areas.

Integrity in Affiliation

Submission: Yes
“I have read the Idaho Constitution and the Idaho Republican Party Platform. Except for the provisions specifically noted below, I support the Idaho Republican Party Platform and accept it as the standard by which my performance as a candidate and as an officeholder should be evaluated. I certify that I am not a candidate, officer, delegate or position holder in any party other than the Republican Party.”
Sec 4. Abolishing the federal reserve and the U.S. dollar be backed by gold and silver.

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