Mark Mullet is proud to represent the 5th Legislative District communities of Black Diamond, Maple Valley, Issaquah, North Bend, Carnation, Snoqualmie, and parts of Enumclaw and Renton.
First elected to the Senate in 2012, Mark chairs the Senate Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade Committee and the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee. He is also a member of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee and the Senate Ways & Means Committee, where he is part of the team that negotiates the state’s capital construction budget.
In recent years, Mark secured funding to keep construction of a new interchange at S.R. 18 and I-90 on schedule to finish by 2023 and to begin the design process to make S.R. 18 four lanes all the way to Issaquah-Hobart Road. He also continued to champion infrastructure investments across the community, delivering funds to open the new Tahoma High School in Maple Valley High School, to continue improving Lake Sammamish State Park, to rebuild Black Diamond Elementary School and to improve the trailhead for Tiger Mountain’s High Point Trail.
Mark further sponsored and passed a nearly $400 million property tax cut, lowering Washington homeowners’ 2019 property tax bill to offset the large tax increase passed in 2017 to fund K-12 education. In 2018, his SB 6087 allowed Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) account holders to share in investment gains, returning some $289 million in value to account holders.
Other recent accomplishments include bills making it easier for consumers to report credit card fraud or theft, improving how Washington regulates its financial service sector, eliminating fees to freeze or unfreeze credit reports and expanding high school students’ opportunities to earn college credits.
Previously, he successfully championed legislation increasing access to epi pens in schools, allowing annexation of the Maple Valley Donut Hole and improving health care transparency, financial literacy and employees’ ability to save for retirement.
Mark has garnered several awards for his public service since he joined the Senate, including:
- Legislative Hero for Hospitality, Washington Hospitality Association (2019)
- Citizen of the Year, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce (2019)
- City Champion, Association of Washington Cities (2018)
- Key to the City, Maple Valley (2018)
- Legislative Hero, Washington Restaurant and Lodging Association (2016)
- Lawmaker of the Year, Washington Low-Income Housing Alliance (2016)
- City Champion, Association of Washington Cities (2015)
- Municipal Champion, Association of Washington Cities (2014)
Mark worked for more than 12 years in international finance at Bank of America – where he served as the Global Head of Foreign Currency Options Trading, which made him responsible for doing business across three different continents – before returning to his home state. From 2009 to 2012, he served on the Issaquah City Council. Mark currently owns several small businesses, including a Zeeks Pizza restaurant and three Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shops.
Mark earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington and he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University. He attended Foster High School in Tukwila and was the Washington State high school tennis champion in 1989 and 1990. Mark lives in Issaquah with his wife Kelley and their six children.