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Biography



Born and raised in Spokane, Marcus graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelors of Business Administration, and from the University of Washington with a Masters of Public Administration. From 2007 to 2010, Marcus served as U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s Eastern Washington Director. Then from 2010 to 2012, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to Washington State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown. As a state representative, Marcus serves on the Health Care & Wellness Committee, which he vice-chaired for four years, as well as on the Capital Budget, Transportation, and Rules committees. He was also elected by his colleagues to the leadership role of Majority Whip. He is an appointed member of the Washington Military Alliance and serves as chair of the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee.

Outside his duties with the legislature, Marcus is a Project Manager for CHAS, the Community Health Association of Spokane. He is also an adjunct instructor at Eastern Washington University’s College of Health Science and Public Health.

Marcus is deeply committed to fostering opportunities for young people in Spokane. He has served as a Big Brother with Big Brothers and Sisters of Spokane, and previously advised the Spokane YMCA Youth Legislature Delegation. He serves on the Spokane advisory board for Daybreak Youth Services, and has served as a City Plan Commissioner.

A strong believer in building relationships and working across the aisle, Marcus worked with the community and colleagues from both parties to prime sponsor and pass legislation creating the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. He organizes bi-partisan legislative basketball and co-founded the bi-partisan under-forty legislative caucus.

Marcus lives in Spokane with his wife, Amanda, and their two young children.

Community Involvement:

Current:
North Spokane YMCA Advisory Board member
Chair, Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee
Rotarian, Spokane Rotary Club 21
Youth sports soccer and baseball coach
Member, Eastern Washington Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Advisory Council
Committee member, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs Denny Alumni Council

Past:
Appointee, Community Economic Revitalization Board
Spokane Advisory Board Member, Daybreak Youth Services
Co-Director, Spokane Central YMCA Youth & Government Youth Legislature Program
Chair, Children’s Health One Table
Member, Financial Education Public-Private Partnership
Member, Spokane Public Schools Public Affairs Advisory Council

Awards and Honors:

2016 Washington State Medical Association Legislator of the Year
2016 Washington State Democrats Elected Official of the Year
2016 Legislator of the Year Award Student Government Council of WSU
2015 Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network 2015 Advocate Award
2013 Washington State Housing Finance Association Proud Partner Award
2013 WACOPS House Democrats Legislator of the Year
2013 Associate Students of Washington State University Champion of Higher Education Award
2013 Chase Youth Foundation Champion of Youth Award for Government
2013 Washington Student Association Legislator of the Year
2013 Washington State Young Democrats Half Lifetime Achievement Award
2012 Washington State Democrats Warren G. Magnuson Award for Rising Star of the Year
2008 Washington State Presidential Elector casting an electoral vote for the Honorable Barack Obama
2007 Nominated for The Robert H. Pealy Prize for a Degree Project of Outstanding Merit, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington

 

News

  • Spokane projects funded in proposed House construction budget | News - February 21, 2018
    OLYMPIA—House Democrats released a supplemental capital budget proposal that would fund higher education, mental health services and community development projects in Spokane. Those projects include: Spokane County Jail Diversion Facility ($2.4 million)—The City of Spokane, Spokane County and many members... READ MORE
  • Fighting source of income discrimination and funding the dental residency program | News - February 9, 2018
    Fighting source of income discrimination There is an affordable housing crisis in Washington. With the work of stakeholders on both sides of this issue, we are making strides toward creating a solution. HB 2578, a bill I proposed to prohibit... READ MORE
  • Proposed change to Spokane County commissioner elections receives unanimous committee support. | News - February 1, 2018
    OLYMPIA – The Responsible Representation Act, a bipartisan bill changing the way larger counties elect county commissioners, has passed the House Committee on State Government, Elections and Information Technology with unanimous support. HB 2887, sponsored by Spokane Rep. Marcus Riccelli... READ MORE
  • Legislative Update: Pay Equity and the Capital Budget | News - January 30, 2018
    Gender Pay Equity Last week, House Bill 1506 passed the House on a 69-28 vote! This measure will update the Equal Pay Opportunity Act for the first time since 1943. This is the fourth year the House attempted to update... READ MORE
  • Telephone town hall tonight | News - January 23, 2018
    Your 3rd Legislative District delegation (Sen. Billig, Rep. Ormsby, and myself) will hold a Telephone Town Hall TONIGHT January 23rd at 6:00 PM. This will give us an opportunity to touch base with you about what we are working on... READ MORE
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    Olympia Address:
    LEG 434A
    PO Box 40600
    Olympia, WA
    98504-0600

    (360) 786-7888
    Email Marcus

    Spokane Address:
    421 W. Riverside Ave. Suite 317.
    Spokane, WA 99201.

    509-458-3563

    Legislative Assistant:
    Maureen Haeger
    Email: Maureen.Haeger@leg.wa.gov

    Toll-free Hotline:
    1-800-562-6000
    1-800-635-9993 (TTY)

    Committees:
    Capital Budget
    Health Care & Wellness
    Rules
    Transportation

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    Phil Olafsen, Session Aide
    (360) 786-7170
    Phil.Olafsen@leg.wa.gov

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    (360) 786-7208
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