Mark was sworn in as Arizona’s 26th attorney general in January of 2015. After defeating incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne in the Republican primary, he went on to defeat his Democratic opponent in November 2014.
Mark has personally argued before the United States Supreme Court, served as the Chairman of the bi-partisan Conference of Western Attorneys General, was appointed to the “Protecting America’s Seniors: Attorneys General United Against Elder Abuse” bipartisan working group of state attorneys general, and has been recognized as a “Leader of the Year” in Public Safety for his work in the area of law enforcement and consumer protection. Mark proudly served his country as a member of the Army National Guard.
Markʼs parents met at a church function in Detroit, Michigan. Markʼs mother, who legally immigrated from the former Yugoslavia in the 1950ʼs to escape the horrors of communism, taught him at an early age the importance of freedom and limited government.
The family moved to Arizona in the 1960ʼs and Mark grew up in Phoenix and attended public schools through high school. Mark went on to graduate from Arizona State University for his undergraduate degree and later from the University of San Diego for law school.
Mark met his wife Susan while they both worked as prosecutors for the Maricopa County Attorneyʼs office. Mark worked in the Gang/Repeat Offender Unit and prosecuted many difficult and high profile cases from 1992 to 1998. Always interested in new challenges, he went to work at the Arizona Attorney Generalʼs Office (1998-2003) and represented the Arizona Department of Gaming, where he developed an expertise in gambling law, as well as gaining an increased appreciation for Native American culture.
Mark has also previously served as the Director of the Goldwater Instituteʼs Center for Constitutional Government, and authored numerous studies, articles, and briefs advocating for free markets and individual liberty, before later returning to his roots as a prosecutor and public servant. Mark has served as an Assistant United States Attorney where he prosecuted public integrity crimes, as well as crimes occurring in Indian Country.
He left the U.S. Attorneyʼs office to serve the people of Arizona as the Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, a law enforcement agency that investigates illegal gambling activity, as well as working with tribal regulators to ensure the integrity of tribal gaming. During his four year tenure, the Department seized hundreds of illegal gambling devices for the first time in the agencyʼs history, as well as investigating and assisting in the prosecution of illegal gambling operations.
He and Susan have two children, who attend school in Phoenix. Mark is also a huge Grateful Dead fan.