John Marks (mayor)

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John Robert Marks III
John Marks.jpg
Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida
In office
Preceded by Scott Maddox
Succeeded by Andrew Gillum
Personal details
Born c. 1947
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jane A. Marks
Children John R. Marks IV
Profession Attorney

John Robert Marks III (born c. 1947), was the Mayor of the City of Tallahassee, Florida. He was Tallahassee's fifth African-American mayor but the first to be elected, and won his bid for a third term in the 2010 elections. He received his B.S. degree in 1969 from the Florida State University School of Business and his Juris Doctorate in 1972 from the Florida State University College of Law. Marks ultimately decided against seeking a fourth term in 2013.

Marks served eight years on the Florida Public Service Commission [1] (FPSC) and spent the last two as its chairman, after being appointed in 1979 by Governor Bob Graham. He served on the FPSC during the divestiture of AT&T and was instrumental in the implementation of the Federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). Before being appointed, he served as an Administrative Law Judge on the Commission. He is a partner in the Tallahassee -based Marks & Marks law firm. He has been an adjunct professor at FSU's College of Law, teaching utility regulatory law and a faculty member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' [2] utility rate school. Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Marks' great-grandfather was the founder of the defunct historically black Coleman College in Gibsland, Louisiana. He and his wife, Jane, have a son, John Marks IV (born c. 1976).


  1. ^ Florida Public Service Commission
  2. ^ National Association of Regulatory Commissioners

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