Mark Costello (Oklahoma politician)

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Mark Costello
Oklahoma Labor Commissioner
Assumed office
Preceded by Lloyd Fields
Personal details
Born Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cathy
Children Christian, Anna Marie, Ian, Kolbe, and Caitlin
Residence Edmond, Oklahoma
Religion Roman Catholic
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.[1]

After taking office, he established a non-profit advocacy group to oppose the positions of public employee unions,[2] and has opposed proposed federal regulations of hazardous child labor on farms.[3]

Personal life[edit]

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.[4] He identifies as Christian and pro-life and is a member of the National Rifle Association.[5]

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.[4]

Election results[edit]

  • July 27, 2010 Republican Primary[6]
Candidate Votes %
  Mark Costello 127,413 57.06%
  Jason Reese 95,869 42.94%
  • November 2, 2010 General Election[7]
Candidate Votes %
  Mark Costello 649,748 64.17%
  Lloyd Fields 362,805 35.83%