Marcus Simon

Marcus Simon 1

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Marcus Simon

Source: Campaign page

Marcus Simon is a lifelong resident of Fairfax County, Virginia where he currently resides with his wife Rachel, and two children, Emily and Zachary.

Childhood: The Simon Family Goes to Washington

Marcus came to Washington in 1970 as an infant, the oldest child of Sam & Susan Simon. Sam was a freshly minted young lawyer who arrived in the Nation’s Capital on a mission to change the world for the better. He went to work with consumer advocate Ralph Nader and his new Public Interest Research Group. Growing up the son of one of the original Nader’s Raiders, Marcus was impressed early in life with the value of public service, and the importance of leaving the world a better place than he found it.

His mother Susan worked as a teacher, a learning disability specialist, and an elementary school counsellor in the Fairfax County Public Schools. The family, which quickly grew to include sister Rachael, lived in homes in Arlington, McLean and Falls Church in the 1970s and 80s. Before graduating from McLean High School in 1988, Marcus attended Longfellow Intermediate and both Kent Gardens and Haycock elementary.

Marcus spent his summers at Kent Gardens Recreation Club, where he was on both the Swim and Dive teams. He played McLean Youth Soccer, Basketball, T-ball and Track. He received his Varsity letter in swimming at McLean High School, where he also wrote many articles for the School paper.

Early Involvement in State & County Government

After returning from four years of College in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle East Studies and Journalism from NYU, Marcus went to work for Delegate James M. Scott as his first full time legislative aide. He rented a house in Pimmit Precinct which also served as the unofficial 53rd District local office. Marcus worked on Jim’s 1993 re-election campaign and accompanied him to Richmond for the 1993 and 1994 legislative sessions. In 1995 Marcus went to work for then Providence District Supervisor, and candidate for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Katherine K. Hanley. He moved with Kate to the Government Center after her successful special election campaign, and remained on her staff for the next five years. In the fall of that year he began attending Law School at American University’s Washington College of Law at night.

Military Service

Marcus left the Chairman’s office after graduating law school in 1999 and receiving his Commission as an officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Although he’d volunteered to spend his first year as JAG serving in Korea, his assignment was changed during the final days of his training in Charlottesville, and he was assigned to the Military District of Washington and Ft. Myer, in Arlington. As an Army Captain, Marcus served as a prosecutor where he handled officer misconduct cases and all criminal cases on Ft. Myer, Ft. McNair, and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He also served as a part time Special Assistance United States Attorney prosecuting civilians who committed crimes on federal military installations in the Washington area.

Marcus also provided legal support to the Emergency Operations Command Center on Ft. McNair during the days following the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon.

Private Practice

Upon completion of his military commitment, Marcus entered private practice in 2003 working as a Real Estate attorney in downtown McLean. In 2008 Marcus co-founded the Law Firm of Leggett, Simon, Freemyers & Lyon and Ekko Title, a real estate settlement, title and escrow company. Ekko Title now employees over 40 people at its eight locations throughout Northern Virginia from Fredericksburg in the South to Reston and McLean in the North.

Community Involvement

In 2004 he was appointed by Fairfax County Board Chairman Gerry Connolly to the Fairfax County Advisory Social Services Board which he later chaired, and the Fairfax County Industrial Development Authority where he continues to serve as Vice Chair. He currently serves on the Following Boards, Authorities and Commissions.

  • Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • NVAR Standard Forms Committee (from 2005)
  • Fairfax County Bipartisan Election Process Improvement Commission
  • McLean Planning Committee
  • Fairfax County Industrial Development Authority – Vice Chair
  • Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission – Dranesville District Representative
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Fairfax County Democratic Committee
  • Dranesville District Democratic Committee
  • Kent Gardens PTA
  • Kent Gardens Recreation Club Board of Directors
  • Coach – McLean Youth Soccer

Experience

Work Experience

  • Real Estate attorney
    Leggett, Simon, Freemyers & Lyon PLC
    2019 to present
  • Officer
    U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps
    2019 to present

    As an Army Captain, Marcus served as a prosecutor where he handled officer misconduct cases and all criminal cases on Ft. Myer, Ft. McNair, and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He also served as a part time Special Assistance United States Attorney prosecuting civilians who committed crimes on federal military installations in the Washington area.

    Marcus also provided legal support to the Emergency Operations Command Center on Ft. McNair during the days following the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentago

Education

  • BA, Middle Eastern studies and journalism
    New York University
    2019 to 1992
  • JD
    American University
    2019 to 1999

Personal

Birth Year: 1970
Place of Birth: Austin, TX
Gender: Male
Race(s): None Given
Religion: Jewish
Spouse: Rachel Anne Goldstein
Children: Emily and Zachary

Membership & Affiliation: Temple Rodef Shalom
Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce
Northern Virginia Association of Realtors
Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission
Kent Gardens Recreation Club

Awards: Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, Affiliate of the Year (2013)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Andrea Tetreault
Administrative Assistant During Session: Darcy Mathes

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1053

District Office
P.O. Box 958
Falls Church, VA 22040
Phone: (571) 327-0053

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Marcus B. Simon (D)16,61893.84%
Write-In (Write-in)1,0906.16%
TOTAL17,708

2017 State DelegateArray

Marcus Simon (D)19,23575.15%
Michael Steven Casey ()6,36224.85%
TOTAL25,597

2015 US SenatorArray

Marcus Simon (D)9,73195.4%
Write In (Write-in)4684.6%
TOTAL10,199

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

SIMON, MARCUS B has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $460, 264.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Militia, Police and Public Safety
Science and Technology
Courts of Justice

Subcommittees

Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #3

Appointments

House Courts of Justice
House Militia Police and Public Safety
House Science & Technology
   Considers matters relating to technology applications and uses other than those proposed or used to support the operations of the General Assembly, including, but not limited to, matters relating to technology, engineering, or electronic research or development; related policies, standards, measurements, or definitions; or the scientific, technical, or technological requirements of state government, except for those affecting the operations of the General Assembly.
World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission, Virginia
   The Commission shall plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities appropriate to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II.

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Ballotpedia

Issues

Economy

Legislation for Women,Families, Business

Excerpt: “The obsession of the Republican majority in Richmond with promoting radical right wing social legislation is hurting Virginia’s women, families, and now our reputation as a great place to locate a business.”

Education

Fund Early Childhood Education

Excerpt: “Study after study have shown that access to early childhood education improves outcomes from children. Investments in early childhood education now will result in lower spending on juvenile justice, social welfare, and prisons later.”

Environment

Promote Clean Air & Water

Excerpt: “One of the things that makes Northern Virginia so unique is that even as we’ve become more urban, we continue to value and try to preserve our green spaces. …As your representative I will fully support measures promoting clean air and clean water to protect our quality of life. …A recent government study calculated that for every $1 spent by a polluter to control emissions, Americans receive $30 in benefits ranging from lower health care costs to attracting workers who want to reside where they are employed.”

Infrastructure

Transportation in Falls Church & Fairfax

Excerpt: “Traffic and Gridlock cost Falls Church and Fairfax residents thousands of dollars every year in wasted gas, lost time, day-care late fees, and countless other ways. …As a member of the General Assembly I will work tirelessly to ensure that more of the revenue generated in Falls Church and Fairfax returns to Falls Church and Fairfax as funds for transportation. Too much money is diverted on Roads to Nowhere in rural parts of the state where there is no traffic, while we endure gridlock on Leesburg Pike, Lee Highway and Interstate 66 every evening from 3 in the afternoon until 8 at night.”

Safety

Gun Violence Prevention

Excerpt: “As your representative in the House of Delegates I will be a strong advocate for common sense measures like universal background checks for all gun purchases, even those of so-called private sellers at gun shows. I support limiting the size of magazines, empowering localities to make their libraries and teen centers gun-free zones, and reintroducing one handgun a month legislation.”

News

News Posts

What if the Democrats controlled the GA?
By: Marcus Simon
marcusbsimon.blogspot.com – August 16, 2019

Writing that story go me thinking- great, now restaurants can advertise Happy Hour specials including discounted drink prices, and sure some new funding is available for amateur bee-keepers, which is nice. But imagine what next year’s July 1 new law story could be if progressive Democrats control both chambers in the General Assembly for the first time since…maybe ever.

One of our first orders of business when we returned to Richmond for the 2020 Session was to pass common sense reforms related to gun purchases and ownership. Beginning July 1, every firearms transaction in the Commonwealth is subject to a background check available on a website operated by the Virginia State Police. Falls Church City and Fairfax County owned buildings are not only tobacco free, but local governments have voted to make them gun free zones as well. It’s no longer legal to buy bump stocks and assault weapons in Virginia.

Voting in the upcoming 2020 election is expected to break records for voter participation, not just because it’s a presidential election year, but because Virginia residents are now automatically registered to vote when they go to re-register their cars, apply for government benefits, or have any other interaction with state government. For those who aren’t automatically registered on Election Day, they will be able to register on the spot, and voting will begin early for anyone who wishes to cast a ballot, no reason need be provided.

In the News

State Looks to Expands Revenge Porn Law
By: Caitlin Morris
nbc12 – February 28, 2019

The Virginia General Assembly passed a bill to expand revenge porn laws to include realistic fake images.

In 2014, Virginia outlawed the dissemination of explicit photos or videos without the consent of the person seen in the images. The images may have been originally shared in agreement between both parties, but in cases of revenge porn, get posted online by people seeking to embarrass the victim.

Simon introduced HB 2678 to protect victims of an emerging trend known as “deepfakes.” These realistically fabricated images and videos are becoming more common as modern software develops and social media creates easier access to images.

“These days you don’t even need to actually have photos like that of the person in your possession,” Simon said. “All you have to have are pictures of their face. You can use artificial intelligence to wrap that on the body.”

Twitter

Videos

Speeches

HJ 7001 | Procedural Resolution for Special Session II
Marcus B. Simon
Published on October 3, 2018
By: Marcus B. Simon

From Minute 1:22 to 2:35

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