From industry to the Washington Senate, Mark Mullet has built a reputation of getting solutions for all of Washington's 39 counties.
Mark’s grounded by the lessons he learned growing up in Tukwila – that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can be successful. But today, with wages not keeping up with inflation and skyrocketing housing and healthcare costs, making ends meet is out of reach for far too many.
Mark knows firsthand what it's like to struggle to make ends meet. His dad was a contractor and mom worked as the office manager for his local elementary school. The middle son of three boys, Mark started working at his dad’s construction business when he was in middle school.
After working his way through college and starting his career in finance, Mark moved back home because he wanted to raise his kids in a place with all the promise and opportunity Washington has to offer.
Eventually, he started a pizza restaurant and a Ben & Jerry's scoop shop. As a small business owner, Mark looks out for his team, offering health care benefits to all full time staff since opening his first pizza restaurant in 2009.
His family calls Issaquah home, where his six kids have been attending public schools, and his wife Kelley teaches elementary school. Mark knows our public school system creates the best ladder available to help raise people out of poverty – which is why expanding preschool access is a top priority for him.
Mark has advocated for the investment of tens of billions of additional dollars in our public school system during his time in the Senate. With educator retention still a major challenge, Mark will work towards solutions that involve new ideas that aren't just about more dollars.