Mark, a 6th-generation Floridian and son of two Bay County educators,
is a 1979 graduate of Bay High School in Panama City, where he was
Captain of the Wrestling Team for 2 years and a former Florida state
champion in his weight class. After receiving an Associates Degree
from Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, he has received 3
degrees from Florida State University, a Bachelors of Science degree
in Professional Communications, a Masters degree in Public
Communications and a Doctorate in Mass Communication in 2008.
He has been married to his wife Tawn Mulligan since 1995 and has two
children, Olivia, age 13 and Lillian, age 11. After the events of
September 11, 2001 he wanted to become more involved in helping our
nation and to create a better future for the American people, so he
decided to run as a candidate for the United States Congress.
This is Mark’s official statement regarding his endorsement by the
Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida. “I am deeply honored to learn
that the RLC of Florida has officially endorsed my candidacy for
seeking the office of U.S. Representative for Florida’s Second
Congressional District for the 2008 election.
“I pursed the endorsement of the RLC when discovering that the
statement of principles and positions of the RLC were directly in line
with my political philosophy on individual rights, limited government,
free enterprise, and most of all, upholding the true integrity of the
My commitment to the RLC plans to be longstanding, and if elected to
office, I will promote the principles of the RLC. I plan to keep my
communications lines open at all times to the RLC when proposing,
drafting, debating, and voting on congressional legislation.
My commitment, compassion, and absolute patriotism towards the United
States of America is paramount, and my determination to uphold the
basic platform of the U.S. Constitution is considered vital for our
country’s successful future…”
After winning a decisive victory in the August 26 Republican primary,
Mark continues to show the determination, courage and drive it takes
to successfully represent a Congressional District that spans from
Walton County in the western Panhandle, including Panama City and
Tallahassee all the way to Dixie, Lafayette and Suwannee counties in
the eastern end of the district.