Committed to integrity in government
Mark has been a Mendham, N.J. resident since 2004, and a Morris County resident for most of his life.
Growing up in Chatham, he attended St. Patrick’s Grade School and Bayley-Ellard High School. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in 1978 and with a Master's Degree in the same subject in 1979. He earned an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson in 1986.
Mark values education. Since 2001, Mark has worked as a full-time Associate Professor of History and Political Science at the County College of Morris. He is the author of a seven-volume biography of Illinois Civil War Congressman Elihu Washburne, a distant cousin, who was a close political and personal friend of both Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. His books and research have been cited in other historians' works including Ron Chernow and David McCullough.
Mark is a dedicated runner. In addition to completing over 850 races (including 37 marathon), he has also run at least 3 miles every single day since December 31, 1989 (an over 29 year running streak!) In 2013, he had finished the Boston Marathon and was about a block away when two bombs exploded at the finish line of the race. Despite the horrific events of that day, he has returned to Boston every year since to run the marathon as a statement to terrorists that their actions will not frighten or deter Americans.
A leader in the running community for many years, Mark serves as President of the Streak Runners International/ United States Running Streak Association, an organization that celebrates people's running streaks from around the world.
He is married to Diane, a fellow runner, who has been a business executive for such companies as the National Basketball Association, Sesame Street, and HarperCollins Children's Book.