Mark D. Sickles
Sickles in 2011
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates|
from the 43rd district
January 14, 2004
|Born||February 18, 1957|
|Alma mater||Clemson University|
Georgia Institute of Technology
|Committees||Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources|
Health, Welfare and Institutions
Privileges and Elections
Mark D. Sickles (born February 18, 1957) is an American politician. He has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2004, representing the 43rd district in the Fairfax County suburbs of Washington, D.C. Sickles is a member of the Democratic Party; he has been the House minority caucus chair since 2012. He announced in a Washington Post opinion piece that he is gay. This makes him the second openly gay member of the Virginia General Assembly after Senator Adam Ebbin.
Sickles has served on the House committees on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (2010–), Commerce and Labor (2006–2009), Health, Welfare and Institutions (2004–) and Privileges and Elections (2004–).
Sickles was born in Arlington, Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from Clemson University in 1981, a Master of Science in industrial management from Georgia Tech in 1984, and a second M.S. in Technology and Science Policy two years later.
In 2001, Sickles ran for the House and lost by 313 votes to freshman Republican Tom Bolvin, who had defeated 11-term Democrat Gladys Keating two years earlier. Sickles had been a volunteer staffer for Keating previously.
Sickles defeated Bolvin in a 2003 rematch, 53.8%-46.1%.
|Virginia House of Delegates, 43rd district|
|Nov 6, 2001||General||T M Bolvin||Republican||9,550||50.80|
|M D Sickles||Democratic||9,237||49.14|
|Incumbent won; seat stayed Republican|
|Nov 4, 2003||General||M D Sickles||Democratic||7,159||53.79|
|T M Bolvin||Republican||6,137||46.12|
|Incumbent lost; seat switched from Republican to Democratic|
|Nov 8, 2005||General||M D Sickles||Democratic||11,630||63.82|
|Nov 6, 2007||General||Mark D. Sickles||Democratic||9,822||97.05|
|Nov 3, 2009||General||Mark D. Sickles||Democratic||10,363||56.13|
|Tim D. Nank||Republican||8,081||43.77|
|Nov 8, 2011||General||Mark D. Sickles||Democratic||10,175||95.80|
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, which noted the striking-down in the Eastern Virginia U.S. District Court of the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex marriage, Sickles publicly came out as gay. This made him the second openly LGBT member of the Virginia General Assembly, alongside Sen. Adam Ebbin, who was out before his election to the House in 2003.