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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:

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

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



  • New protections for renters receiving housing assistance signed into law | News - March 15, 2018
    OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2578, which protects low-income renters against discrimination because they receive rental assistance. Before, landlords could reject prospective tenants because they receive housing subsidies, even if they have good credit, no criminal history,... READ MORE
  • Legislature passes measure to name State Route 395 after late Speaker Tom Foley | News - March 1, 2018
    OLYMPIA – A joint memorial requesting to name State Route 395 the “Thomas S. ‘Tom’ Foley Memorial Highway” sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) won approval by the state Senate today. “Speaker Foley strongly believed that maintaining and improving our... READ MORE
  • Supplemental Operating and Capital Budgets | E-newsletters - February 27, 2018
    Supplemental Operating Budget The House Democrats passed our supplemental operating budget proposal on Monday night. We prioritized K-12 education, mental health services, the State Need Grant, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). In addition, this proposal leaves $1.6 billion... READ MORE
  • 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
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