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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:

2016 North Spokane YMCA Advisory Board member
Chair, Children’s Health One Table
Chair, Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee
Appointee, Community Economic Revitalization Board
Spokane Advisory Board Member, Daybreak Youth Services
Co-Director, Spokane Central YMCA Youth & Government Youth Legislature Program
Rotarian, Spokane Rotary Club 21
Member, Financial Education Public-Private Partnership
Member, Spokane Public Schools Public Affairs Advisory Council
Member, Eastern Washington Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Advisory Council
Committee Member, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs Denny Alumni Council

Awards and Honors:

2017 Washington State Medical Association Legislator of the Year
2017 Washington State Democrats Elected Official of the Year
2016 Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Policy Maker of the Year
2016 Washington State Alliance of YMCAS Y Legislative Champion Award
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

  • Big turnout at 3rd LD town hall | News - March 17, 2017
    Town Hall Debrief The 3rd Legislative District town hall meeting last Saturday was a big success. Hundreds of you showed up to spend part of your Saturday with Rep. Timm Ormsby, Sen. Andy Billig, and me. This is exactly what... READ MORE
  • House approves bill guaranteeing meal and rest breaks for nurses | News - March 7, 2017
    OLYMPIA – Described during floor debate as “the pre-eminent patient safety bill of the session,” a measure guaranteeing meal and rest breaks for nurses passed the House today. It would provide for uninterrupted meal and rest breaks, and prohibit the... READ MORE
  • Legislative Update – Join me for a town hall meeting | e-Newsletter - March 6, 2017
    Save the date… Town halls are an important part of our democracy. They enable elected officials to hear directly from the people they represent. Together with my seatmates, Rep. Timm Ormsby and Sen. Andy Billig, I’ll be holding a town... READ MORE
  • Honoring a legacy of public service: Houses passes measure to name State Route 395 after late Speaker Tom Foley | News - February 28, 2017
    OLYMPIA – For 30 years, former Speaker of the House Tom Foley represented his eastern Washington district in the U.S. House of Representatives, eventually becoming the first Speaker from west of the Rocky Mountains. During his time in Congress, he... READ MORE
  • Legislative Update – Day of Remembrance | e-Newsletter - February 17, 2017
    We Remember This week the Legislature took some time to remember a dark chapter in our nation’s history. On February 19th, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the relocation of Japanese-Americans to internment camps. Over the... 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

    For Press Inquiries:
    Jen Waldref
    (360) 786-7225
    jen.waldref@leg.wa.gov

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    Dan Frizzell, Broadcast Coordinator
    (360) 786-7208
    Dan.Frizzell@leg.wa.gov

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