Representative Mark Johnson is a long-time resident of District 52. He grew up in the community of Parkdale and attended Hood River County schools from grade 1-12. After attending Whitworth College in Spokane, Mark moved back to Hood River with his wife, Melodi.
Mark was elected to his first term in the State House of Representatives in November of 2010 and was then re-elected to his second term in November of 2012. He is proud to represent the constituents of House District 52, which encompasses Hood River, Cascade Locks, Corbett, Sandy, Estacada, parts of Gresham and other parts of Hood River, Clackamas, and Multnomah Counties.
For the 2013 & 2014 Legislative Session, Mark served on the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee and Consumer Protection and Government Efficiency Committee. He was also appointed to Vice Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee.
Mark was recently re-elected to serve his third term on the Hood River County School board and previously served two terms, one as the chair for two years. With three kids raised and educated in local public schools, Mark feels it is important to be actively engaged in improving our local education system. He knows that our schools need better, smarter funding and greater creativity at all levels.
Aside from his work on the school board, Mark has owned his own general contracting business in the area for over 25 years. Mark understands firsthand what challenges small businesses and families are facing in this tough economy. His experience and passion towards a healthy, successful and vibrant community both in the public and private sectors are driving his priorities in Salem.
In addition to Legislative and school board responsibilities, and his personal business, Mark enjoys leading short-term mission groups to Guatemala to help with various construction and service projects.