Mark Dudenhefer

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L. Mark Dudenhefer
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 2nd district
Assumed office
January 13, 2016
Preceded by Michael T. Futrell
Succeeded by Jennifer Carroll Foy (Elect)
In office
January 11, 2012 – January 8, 2014
Preceded by Clarence E. Phillips
Succeeded by Michael T. Futrell
Personal details
Born Leon Mark Dudenhefer
( 1952 -09-25) September 25, 1952 (age 65)
Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) LaVera Kay Brooks
Children Christian Dudenhefer, Rebecca Craven, Emily Dudenhefer (deceased)
Residence Stafford, Virginia
Alma mater Louisiana State University
Tulane University
University of Phoenix
Occupation Consultant
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1974–2004
Rank Colonel

Leon Mark Dudenhefer (born September 25, 1952) is an American politician. A Republican, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2011. He currently represents the 2nd district, made up of parts of Prince William and Stafford counties in Northern Virginia. Previously, he served 2005–2011 on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, representing the Garrisonville district.[1][2] After deciding not to seek re-election to the House of Delegates in 2017, he decided to run for the Stafford County Board of Supervisors again,[3] and was elected by a margin of 12 votes.[4]

Education and family[edit]

Dudenhefer received a B.S. degree in Economics from the Louisiana State University in 1974. That same year, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in the Corps until 2004, rising to the rank of colonel. He also received an M.B.A. degree from Tulane University and a Masters degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.[1][2]

Dudenhefer married LaVera Kay Brooks; they had three children. One daughter, Emily, died in an automobile accident in 2004.[1][2]

Electoral history[edit]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Virginia House of Delegates, 2nd district
Nov 8, 2011[5] General L. Mark Dudenhefer Republican 5,767 56.02
Esteban Garces Democratic 4,507 43.08
Write Ins 20 0.19
Bud Phillips was redistricted out; seat changed from Democratic to Republican
Nov 5, 2013[6] General Michael T. Futrell Democratic 8,189 50.56
L. Mark Dudenhefer Republican 7,966 49.18
Write Ins 43 0.27
Nov 3, 2015[7] General L. Mark Dudenhefer Republican 5,839 50.43
Joshua L. King Democratic 5,714 49.35
Write Ins 26 0.22

Political career[edit]

Dudenhefer served on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors 2005–2011; he was its chair for two years.[2]

When the 2nd House district was moved to his area by redistricting, Dudenhefer was unopposed as the Republican nominee for the seat. He defeated Democrat Esteban Garces in the general election, 5767-4507.[5]

In November 2013, Dudenhefer was unseated by Democratic candidate for Delegate, Michael Futrell.[8]

In November 2015, Dudenhefer reclaimed the seat he lost in 2013, narrowly winning against Democrat Joshua King.[9]

In January 2017, Dudenhefer announced that he would not seek re-election to the Virginia House of Delegates.[10] The next month, he announced he would run for his old seat on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors against Democratic incumbent Laura Sellers.[3] Dudenhefer narrowly defeated Sellers, winning the election by 12 votes.[11][4]



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