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University of California at Irvine
2019 to 1989
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
2019 to 1995
Birth Year: 1966
Place of Birth: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Race(s): Asian American
Spouse: Alex Seong Keam
Children: Tyler and Brenna
Membership & Affiliation: Vienna Presbyterian Church
Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship
Fairfax County Democratic Committee
Fairfax Law Foundation, Society of Fellows program
Historic Vienna, Inc.
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Leadership Greater Washington
McLean Citizens Association
National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators
National Conference of State Legislatures
NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders)
Optimists of Greater Vienna
Rotary of Vienna
Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce
Vienna Arts Society
Vienna Business Association
Virginia Literacy Foundation
Legislative Assistant: Meredith Nakayama
Administrative Assistant During Session: Sandra Boclair
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900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1035
P.O. Box 1134
Vienna, VA 22183-1134
Phone: (703) 350-3911
In 2009, Delegate Steve Shannon, the Democratic incumbent, did not seek reelection in the 35th district in order to run (unsuccessfully) for Attorney General of Virginia. Keam declared his intention to run for the seat. On Election day Mark Keam defeated Republican challenger James E. Hyland. He was sworn into office on January 13, 2010 at the State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia.
In February 2010, Keam and fellow freshman delegate James LeMunyon, a Republican, authored an op-ed in The Washington Post about their introduction of a bill to the General Assembly, which would attempt to make the voting records of General Assembly members more accessible to the public. The bill passed the House of Delegates 86 to 13 later that month. A State Senate committee carried the bill over for a year, and it has not yet been voted on.
He told a local newspaper in his district in January 2010 that he can legislate from an immigrant’s point of view; saying that “I want to be able to speak on issues where people say, ‘I’ve never met an immigrant in my life; I don’t know what you guys think about it,’… I want to be able to say, ‘Well, let me tell you what they think about it.’” He has also sponsored another bill which would raise the number of ESL, or “English as a second language” teachers in Virginia’s schools from 17 full-time positions to 30 full-time positions for every 1,000 students.
Keam said in 2010 that he would abstain from voting on any bill which would pose a conflict of interest due to him being on an unpaid leave of absence from Verizon Communications, and he would not introduce any telecommunications legislation to the House of Delegates.
Keam was re-elected to his seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates on November 7, 2017.
2017 State Delegate for VA House District 35
|Mark Keam (D)||22,596||92.9%|
|Write In (Write-in)||1,718||7.1%|
2015 State Delegate for VA House District 35
|Mark Keam (D)||9,203||94.7%|
|Write In (Write-in)||520||5.3%|
2013 State Delegate for VA House District 35
|Mark Keam (D)||14,632||64.6%|
|Leiann Kirkland Leppin (R)||7,961||35.1%|
|Write In (Write-in)||61||0.3%|
2011 State Delegate for VA House District 35
|Mark Keam (D)||9,636||96.2%|
|Write In (Write-in)||383||3.8%|
2009 State Delegate for VA House District 35
|Mark Keam (D)||12,606||50.7%|
|James Jim E. Hyland (R)||12,252||49.2%|
|Write In (Write-in)||22||0.1%|
KEAM, MARK has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of$1,055,840.
Source: Follow the Money
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Delegate Mark Keam on Lessons From How Virginia Passed Medicaid Expansion
Published on October 17, 2018
Delegate Mark Keam describes how victories in critical state legislative races paved the way for a major policy victory to expand access to health care.
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