Mark Levine

Virginia House of Delegates, District 45

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Mark Levine has been a progressive citizen activist for more than 25 years and was elected in 2015 to the Virginia House of Delegates to represent Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax. He is now running for re-election. Since 2003, Mark has hosted a progressive radio talk show, The Inside Scoop, that now airs in 40+ markets nationwide and he has been a guest on national television hundreds of times since 2009.

Born in Nashville, Mark graduated from Harvard with an economics degree and Yale Law School, where he founded the Committee Against Bigotry and led protests against hateful organizations. As an openly-gay trial lawyer, Mark protested Hollywood in the 1990’s (pre-Will and Grace) to put positive gay and lesbian characters on television. He fought Proposition 22 and co-founded Marriage Equality California, the second-earliest state marriage-equality organization in the country. In 2000, he helped elect a progressive Democratic California State Assemblyman who, in turn, introduced a bill Mark had drafted (the first in the USA) to ensure equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. Their tiny grass-roots group started the Valentine’s Day Marriage Protests, which spread across the country.

In 2000, the Congressional Black Caucus hired Mark to write the legal brief for Congress challenging Bush’s Florida Electors. Congressman Barney Frank then hired me as his Legislative Counsel. In 2009, I crafted DC’s marriage equality law and defended it in court.

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