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Mark Parkinson (Missouri politician)

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Preceded by  Paul Curtman
Political party  Republican
Education  Saint Louis University
Nationality  American
Role  Missouri politician

Succeeded by  Noel Shull
Name  Mark Parkinson
Preceded by  Carl Bearden
Profession  Politician
Party  Republican Party
Mark Parkinson (Missouri politician)
Born  October 30, 1972 (age 43) Saint Charles, Missouri (1972-10-30)
Spouse  Brigit Parkinson (m. 2003)
Residence  Saint Charles, Missouri, United States
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Mark A. Parkinson (born October 30, 1972) is a former Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing the 105th district (St. Charles County).

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Background and Education

Parkinson is a St. Charles County native, graduating from Francis Howell High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Saint Louis University in 2000. He is married to Brigit Parkinson.

Group Memberships

Parkinson holds lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association, and is also a member of Ducks Unlimited, Missouri Right to Life, and the National Park Foundation. In the St. Charles area, Parkinson is a member of the St. Charles chapter of the Pachyderms, a Republican social club.

Pre-Elected Career

In 2000, Parkinson began working for the St. Louis office of United States Senator Kit Bond. During his time with Bond, he eventually became the deputy district director of the St. Louis office, overseeing that office's constituent relations and constituent outreach programs. Among other responsibilities, Parkinson coordinated and conducted Bond's "Listening Post" program, holding local question-and-answer sessions across 17 counties in northeast Missouri.

Prior to his role with Bond, Parkinson also worked closely with the St. Louis Senate office of then-U.S. Senator and future U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Elected Career and Legislation

In 2007, Parkinson announced his intention to run for the 16th district state representative seat vacated by Carl Bearden, and was selected by the local Republican legislative committee to run as the party's candidate. Due to the nature of the election, there was no primary, and Parkinson faced Democrat Tom Fann in a special election held on the same day as Missouri's 2008 presidential primary. Despite over 500 more Democratic primary ballots being drawn, Parkinson won by 3%, and was sworn in on February 26, 2008.

Despite Parkinson's shortened timeframe during his first term, he sponsored immigration reform legislation that was eventually incorporated into an omnibus immigration bill and signed by governor Matt Blunt. For his work on this issue, he was recognized as one of the freshmen legislators of the year.

Parkinson was reelected in November 2008. During the 2009 session of the Missouri General Assembly, Parkinson has sponsored legislation dealing with immigration reform, property tax reform, tax deductions for homeschooling families, truth in sentencing legislation, and other issues. Parkinson was reelected in 2010. In 2012, following decennial redistricting, the former 16th district was renumbered as the 105th district, to which Parkinson was reelected. Parksinson did not seek re-election in 2016 and was succeeded by Phil Christofanelli (R-Saint Peters).

Committee Assignments

2008 legislative session

  • Tax Reform;
  • Financial Institutions;
  • Transportation; and
  • Joint Transportation Oversight Committee.
  • 2009-2010 legislative session

  • International Trade and Immigration (Vice-Chair);
  • Fiscal Review;
  • Homeland Security; and;
  • Special Committee on General Laws.
  • 2011-2012 legislative session

  • Appropriations - General Administration, Chairman
  • Budget
  • General Laws
  • Fiscal Review
  • International Trade and Job Creation
  • Joint Committee on Capital Improvements and Leases Oversight, Vice-Chairman
  • Joint Committee on Legislative Research
  • 2013-2014 legislative session

  • Appropriations - General Administration, Chairman
  • Government Oversight and Accountability, Vice-Chairman
  • Budget
  • Elementary and Secondary Education
  • General Laws
  • 2015-2016 legislative session

  • Consumer Affairs, Chairman
  • Select Committee on Judiciary
  • Appropriations - Higher Education
  • Employment Security
  • References

    Mark Parkinson (Missouri politician) Wikipedia


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