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Mark D. Sickles
Mark D. Sickles
Mark D. Sickles 2011.jpg
Sickles in 2011
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 43rd district

January 14, 2004
Tom Bolvin
Personal details
Born (1957-02-18) February 18, 1957 (age 62)
Arlington, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceFranconia, Virginia
Alma materClemson University
Georgia Institute of Technology
OccupationPublic affairs
CommitteesAgriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Health, Welfare and Institutions
Privileges and Elections
Websitewww.marksickles.com

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.[1]

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–).[2]

Early life, education

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.[1][3]

Sickles is a fellow with the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.[4]

Electoral history

In 2001, Sickles ran for the House and lost by 313 votes[5] 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.[1][4]

Sickles defeated Bolvin in a 2003 rematch, 53.8%-46.1%.[6]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes %
Virginia House of Delegates, 43rd district
Nov 6, 2001[5] General T M Bolvin Republican 9,550 50.80
M D Sickles Democratic 9,237 49.14
Write Ins 12 0.06
Incumbent won; seat stayed Republican
Nov 4, 2003[6] General M D Sickles Democratic 7,159 53.79
T M Bolvin Republican 6,137 46.12
Write Ins 12 0.09
Incumbent lost; seat switched from Republican to Democratic
Nov 8, 2005[7] General M D Sickles Democratic 11,630 63.82
R Grignol Republican 6,571 36.06
Write Ins 23 0.13
Nov 6, 2007[8] General Mark D. Sickles Democratic 9,822 97.05
Write Ins 298 2.94
Nov 3, 2009[9] General Mark D. Sickles Democratic 10,363 56.13
Tim D. Nank Republican 8,081 43.77
Write Ins 17 0.09
Nov 8, 2011[10] General Mark D. Sickles Democratic 10,175 95.80
Write Ins 446 4.19

Personal life

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.[11]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Bio for Mark D. Sickles". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Legislative Information System". Virginia General Assembly. Archived from the original on 1996-12-19. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Representative Mark D. Sickles (VA)". Project Vote Smart. Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b "Mark D. Sickles (D)". Washington Post. Retrieved .
  5. ^ a b "General Election- November 6, 2001". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on December 29, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ a b "General Election- November 4, 2003". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved .[dead link]
  7. ^ "General Election- November 8, 2005". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on December 28, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "November 6, 2007 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "November 2009 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "November 2011 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Mark D. Sickles (21 February 2014). "Virginia Del. Mark D. Sickles: A marriage ruling that counts me in". The Washington Post.

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