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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

  • Washington Film Makers Win Big in State Budget | Press Releases - June 30, 2017
    OLYMPIA—The popular and successful Motion Picture Competitiveness Program will continue due to last minute negotiating by key lawmakers in the State House. Under the 2017-2019 budget proposal, the program that was at risk of sunsetting, will extend the incentive for... READ MORE
  • Riccelli bill creates health insurance ‘backstop’ for underserved counties | News - June 27, 2017
    OLYMPIA – Responding to ever-dwindling options in the state’s individual health insurance market, as well as uncertainty around the future of the federal Affordable Care Act, Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, has introduced legislation allowing people in communities where no individual... READ MORE
  • What happens if there’s a state government shutdown? | e-Newsletter - June 22, 2017
    State budget negotiations are down to the wire A THIRD special session is underway in Olympia. Why is it taking so long to reach a budget agreement? Democrats have a majority in the state House, while Republicans have a majority... READ MORE
  • Special Session Update | e-Newsletter - May 23, 2017
    Improving access to dental care in our community Last month, the Spokesman Review published a piece I wrote about the importance of expanding dental care access, especially for low-income adults, pregnant women, and children. This issue was originally brought to... READ MORE
  • Governor signs Riccelli measure increasing access to physicians, telemedicine through interstate compact | News - May 5, 2017
    OLYMPIA – A bill that will help ease the high demand for physicians in Washington state, including through the use of telemedicine, was signed by Governor Jay Inslee this morning in Olympia. House Bill 1337, sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli,... 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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    (360) 786-7225
    jen.waldref@leg.wa.gov

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