Mark Costello (Oklahoma politician)
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|Oklahoma Labor Commissioner|
|Preceded by||Lloyd Fields|
|Children||Christian, Anna Marie, Ian, Kolbe, and Caitlin|
|Website||Oklahoma Department of Labor's Official Website|
Mark Costello is the Commissioner of Labor of Oklahoma. A Republican, he was elected in 2010, defeating the Democratic incumbent, Lloyd Fields. Before his election he was a businessman who founded several technology companies.
After taking office, he established a non-profit advocacy group to oppose the positions of public employee unions, and has opposed proposed federal regulations of hazardous child labor on farms.
Costello was born in Bartlesville and graduated from College High School, then attended the University of Kansas while working summers on oil rigs in the North Sea. He married Cathy Cerkey in 1982; they have five children. He identifies as Christian and pro-life and is a member of the National Rifle Association.
Costello founded American Computer & Telephone (AMCAT) in 1991, a telephone software company based in Oklahoma City. AMCAT was sold in 2007. Costello founded another telecommunications company, USA Digital Communications, in 1997.
- July 27, 2010 Republican Primary
- November 2, 2010 General Election
- Susan Simpson, "Oklahoma elections: Costello wins primary, will meet Fields for labor commission spot", The Oklahoman, July 28, 2013.
- Randy Krehbiel, "Labor commissioner takes aim at public employee unions", Tulsa World, September 13, 2011 (pay site).
- "Okla. Labor Comm. says US rules attack rural farms", Associated Press in The Boston Globe, November 30, 2011.
- "Oklahoma Agencies, Boards, and Commissions: Elected Officers, Cabinet, Legislature, High Courts, and Institutions", Oklahoma Department of Libraries, September 1, 2012
- "SW Oklahoma Republican Women to host Costello at Tuesday meeting", Altus Times, April 27 [?], 2010.