Mark Keam is a fourth-term member of the Virginia House of Delegates and the first Asian-born immigrant elected to Virginia’s state legislature since it began meeting in 1619.
As a policy-maker with a strong reputation for bipartisanship and effectiveness, Mark has authored numerous Virginia state laws dealing with issues of importance to his legislative district, such as job creation and business support, public education and healthcare, government transparency and accountability, and serving military veterans transitioning into civilian workforce.
Professionally, Mark has three decades of experiences in both the private and public sectors. For example, between college and graduate school, Mark managed three startup businesses, including an international trading firm that operated in the Asia-Pacific market.
In recent years, he was an in-house policy counsel with a Fortune 15 technology firm, and is currently the interim president of a national Asian American chamber of commerce and an independent business consultant.
Mark has worked as an attorney in the executive and legislative branches of federal and local governments, including service as chief counsel to a United States Senate Democratic Whip.
Also in the public sector, Mark has helped start or served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations that focus on his passions, such as civic engagement, serving immigrants and minorities, youth leadership development, and promoting literacy and lifelong learning.
Mark was born in Korea, and lived in Vietnam and Australia before moving to the U.S. He holds a political science degree from the University of California at Irvine and a law degree from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.