Elected Experience: Elected to the Senate in 2004 and 2008 after serving 12 years in the House.
Other Professional Experience: Self-employed farmer and rancher, raising cattle, wheat, hay and canola.
Education: Graduate of Ritzville High School. Graduate of Spokane Community College (A.A.S., Agribusiness)
Community Service: Former director, Washington Association of Wheat Growers. Member, Zion Philadelphia Church. Former vice president, Wheatland Communities Fair. Former president, Bronco Boosters.
Statement: State Sen. Mark Schoesler has given us a strong, effective voice in the Legislature, and his record of accomplishment for the people of Eastern Washington reflects a well-deserved reputation for reliable leadership.
Mark’s work in the state Legislature as Senate Republican Floor Leader and a budget negotiator reflects the same principles of commitment and integrity that guide him as a successful farmer, husband and father. Mark is trusted and respected by Republicans and Democrats alike for his honesty, a keen knowledge of the legislative process, and a willingness to put political differences aside to resolve the state’s tough issues. Mark voluntarily reduced his Senate salary by 3 percent to match pay cuts imposed on state employees.
As a fifth-generation farmer in our community, he understands the unique needs of the people living in the 9th District. Mark has worked closely with counties, schools, hospitals, universities and public-safety officials to protect the services we depend on. His effectiveness and achievements have earned him numerous awards and commendations from business associations, and higher education and agricultural groups.
Mark’s experience, knowledge and character are more valuable to us than ever. Let’s keep Sen. Mark Schoesler working for us in Olympia.