Mark Hargrove was raised in an Air Force family, where he participated in multiple school sports and band. He is an Eagle Scout, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, and a veteran Air Force pilot. Mark has lived in Covington for nearly 30 years. He is currently a Boeing instructor pilot and an SPEEA union member, teaching pilots from around the world how to fly their new 747’s, 767’s, 777’s and 787’s.
Mark has been married to his wife Sandy for 36 years and is the father of two married daughters and has three grandchildren. Both of his daughters attended Kent public schools from kindergarten through high school. His wife and daughters have all taught and/or coached at Auburn High School.
It is Mark’s connection to and affection for his neighbors in the 47th district that brought him to his decision to run for the State House of Representatives. He was elected in 2010. While he has been able to work effectively across party lines, he recognizes now more than ever the need for a change from the one party control of Olympia for the past decade.
As he has said from the beginning of his first campaign in 2008, “this election is about priorities.” The past decade has proven that a government that reaches far beyond its intended purpose is not sustainable and, in fact, stifles the economy. So Mark is on a mission to focus on the priorities of government and allow the people the freedom to thrive to get Washington working again.