Mark Strama, elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004, is a native Texan who has divided his career between public service and private business, always fighting to empower voters and make government more responsive to every American.
After graduating from Brown University, he worked on Ann Richards’ successful 1990 campaign for governor. He went on to become chief of staff for State Senator Rodney Ellis. During Mark’s tenure, Senator Ellis was named one of the ten best legislators in the state by Texas Monthly. In 1995, Mark left government to become director of programs at Rock the Vote, where he helped register more than a million new voters.
Mark returned to Austin to found the first company to register voters online. Working to bring the economy, efficiency, and convenience of new technology to the democratic process, Mark’s company was acquired by New York-based Election.com in 2000, and helped over 700,000 Americans register to vote online in the 2000 election cycle.
Mark is a member of the Greater Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce and the Pflugerville Council of Neighborhood Associations. He is also a founding member of the Pflugerville ISD MEN in Education program, which places male volunteers in schools and school activities to serve as mentors and role models. Mark has served on the Board of Directors of KidsVoting USA , a national non-profit organization that develops civics education programs for K-12 students. He was a founding board member of Hope Street Group, a non-partisan organization of young business leaders that seeks to achieve equality of opportunity in a high-growth economy.
With a broad range of experience in the business sector, nonprofit sector, and in government, Mark is a voice for independence and integrity in the Texas Legislature. He advocates comprehensive reforms to the political system, so that politicians will place the public interest above special interests to improve our schools, health care, transportation systems, and economy.