Mark D. Sickles
|Mark D. Sickles|
|Sickles in 2011|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 43rd district
January 14, 2004
|Preceded by||Tom Bolvin|
February 18, 1957 |
|Alma mater||Clemson University
Georgia Institute of Technology
|Committees||Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Health, Welfare and Institutions
Privileges and Elections
Mark D. Sickles (born February 18, 1957) is an American politician. He has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2004, representing the 43rd district in the Fairfax County suburbs of Washington, D.C. Sickles is a member of the Democratic Party; he has been the House minority caucus chair since 2012. He announced in an Washington Post opinion that he is gay. This makes him the 2nd openly gay member of the Virginia General Assembly behind Senator Adam Ebbin.
Sickles has served on the House committees on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (2010–), Commerce and Labor (2006–2009), Health, Welfare and Institutions (2004–) and Privileges and Elections (2004–).
Early life, education
Sickles was born in Arlington, Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from Clemson University in 1981, a Master of Science in industrial management from Georgia Tech in 1984, and a second M.S. in Technology and Science Policy two years later.
In 2001, Sickles ran for the House and lost by 313 votes to freshman Republican Tom Bolvin, who had defeated 11-term Democrat Gladys Keating two years earlier. Sickles had been a volunteer staffer for Keating previously.
Sickles defeated Bolvin in a 2003 rematch, 53.8%-46.1%.
|Virginia House of Delegates, 43rd district|
|Nov 6, 2001||General||T M Bolvin||Republican||9,550||50.80|
|M D Sickles||Democratic||9,237||49.14|
|Incumbent won; seat stayed Republican|
|Nov 4, 2003||General||M D Sickles||Democratic||7,159||53.79|
|T M Bolvin||Republican||6,137||46.12|
|Incumbent lost; seat switched from Republican to Democratic|
|Nov 8, 2005||General||M D Sickles||Democratic||11,630||63.82|
|Nov 6, 2007||General||Mark D. Sickles||Democratic||9,822||97.05|
|Nov 3, 2009||General||Mark D. Sickles||Democratic||10,363||56.13|
|Tim D. Nank||Republican||8,081||43.77|
|Nov 8, 2011||General||Mark D. Sickles||Democratic||10,175||95.80|
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, which noted the striking-down in the Eastern Virginia U.S. District Court of the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex marriage, Sickles publicly came out as gay. This made him the second openly-LGBT member of the Virginia General Assembly, alongside Sen. Adam Ebbin, who was out before his election to the House in 2003.
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- "Legislative Information System". Virginia General Assembly. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
- "Representative Mark D. Sickles (VA)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2011-07-13.
- "Mark D. Sickles (D)". Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-07-13.
- "General Election- November 6, 2001". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
- "General Election- November 4, 2003". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
- "General Election- November 8, 2005". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
- "November 6, 2007 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
- "November 2009 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
- "November 2011 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
- Mark D. Sickles (21 February 2014). "Virginia Del. Mark D. Sickles: A marriage ruling that counts me in". The Washington Post.
- "Mark Sickles". Virginia Public Access Project. (campaign finance)
- "Delegate Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)". Richmond Sunlight.
- "Election Results". Virginia State Board of Elections.
- Project Vote Smart - Representative Mark D. Sickles (VA) profile
- Follow the Money - Mark D. Sickles
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