Marcus Simon

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Marcus Simon
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 53rd district
Assumed office
January 8, 2014
Preceded byJim Scott
Chair of the Virginia House of Delegates Privileges and Elections Committee
Assumed office
January 2021
Preceded byJoseph C. Lindsey
Personal details
Marcus Bertram Simon

(1970-07-01) July 1, 1970 (age 53)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseRachel Anne Goldstein
ResidenceFalls Church, Virginia
Alma materNew York University (BA)
American University (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1999–2003
UnitJ.A.G. Corps

Marcus Bertram Simon (born July 1, 1970) is an American lawyer and politician from Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Simon is the member of the Virginia House of Delegates for the 53rd district, which includes Falls Church and parts of Fairfax County. His committee assignments include: Finance; Courts of Justice; Public Safety; and Communications, Technology and Innovation. He serves as Democratic Floor Leader for the House Democratic Caucus. He is appointed to the Freedom of Information Advisory Council. Simon was one of the eight legislators appointed to the 2021 Virginia Redistricting Commission, along with eight citizen members. As a lawyer, Simon was a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army and currently owns his own law firm.


Simon received his bachelor's degree in journalism from New York University.[1] He worked as an aide for Jim Scott while Scott served in the Virginia House of Delegates. In 1995, he went to work for Katherine Hanley, who served as chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.[1][2] He attended night school as he received his juris doctor from American University Washington College of Law in 1999. He served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army for the next three years. Not wanting to remain a prosecutor, Simon entered real estate law in 2003. When the subprime mortgage crisis occurred in 2008, Simon and colleagues formed a law firm.[1]

Scott announced he would not seek reelection in 2013, and immediately endorsed Simon as his successor.[2] Simon won the seat in the 2013 elections.[3]


Virginia House of Delegates election: 53rd District, 2013[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Marcus Simon 13,726 66.71%
Republican W. Brad Tidwell 5,965 28.99%
Libertarian Anthony G. Tellez 852 4.14%
Write-ins 33 0.16%
Turnout 20,576 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing


Simon's father, Samuel A. Simon, worked for Ralph Nader and was a member of "Nader's Raiders." He was one of the first 13 full-time lawyers to found the original Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). His mother was a teacher for the Fairfax County Public Schools. His parents live in McLean, Virginia.[1]

Simon lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife, Rachel, and two children, Emily and Zachary. He and his family attend Temple Rodef Shalom.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Delegate Candidate Aims to Make a Difference in the World - Sun Gazette Newspapers: News". March 21, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "State Del. Jim Scott, Human Rights Champion, Won't Seek 12th Term". March 6, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  3. ^ Ann, Mary. "Virginia Election 2013: Marcus Simon Elected to House of Delegates - Elections - Falls Church, VA Patch". Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "Official Results - General Election - November 5, 2013". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on February 19, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2013.

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