– January 9, 2021 (Short)
RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – A proposed bill in the Virginia House of Delegates would protect people with disabilities from workforce discrimination.
Del. Mark Sickles, D-Fairfax, introduced House Bill 1848 as an amendment to the Virginia Human Rights Act. The bill would extend discrimination protections to employment, housing and public accommodations for those with disabilities.
“HB 1848 amends last year’s Virginia Values Act to make sure Virginians will all abilities can fully participate in our economy if reasonable accommodations can be made in the workplace,” Sickles said in a statement. “Virginia should be a place for all people, regardless of ability, to live and work free from discrimination.”
– March 1, 2021 (Short)
Two bills that will expand the already live Virginia sports betting market are just a few steps from the governor’s desk.
HB 1847 from Del. Mark Sickles and SB 1254 from Sen. Jeremy McPike were identical bills at the beginning of the session. The bills clarified a few details from last year’s enabling sports betting legislation, including which VA sports betting licenses counted against a mobile-license limit and betting on amateur sports.
The House threw the process for a bit of a loop, however, when it requested language to promote minority participation in the process. The Senate initially rejected the language but eventually accepted the House version after input from the Virginia Lottery.
– March 2, 2021 (Short)
Virginia lawmakers voted 54-44 on Friday to approve a bill for providing home care workers with paid sick leave, which had been a divisive issue even among Democrats who control the Senate in the state.
The compromise measure would allow up to five sick days a year, or more if an employer chooses a higher limit, for home care workers serving Medicaid patients. Advocates of the bill said there are about 30,000 such workers in Virginia. State lawmakers also were expected to approve a budget agreement, which will fund the measure with public money, though Del. Mark Sickles was quick to add that the bill’s passage would not affect the private sector “whatsoever.”
The bill now goes to Gov. Ralph Northam (D) for his approval.
Current Position: State Delegate for District 43 since 2004
Mark Sickles was first elected Delegate for the 43rd District in 2004. The 43rd District includes parts of Fairfax County.
Mark Sickles is Chair of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and is a member of Privileges and Elections and Rules committees. Delegate Sickles is currently the House Democratic Caucus Deputy Minority Leader.
Source: Campaign page
The son of a proud, 39-year federal worker, Delegate Mark Sickles was born in Arlington, raised in Annandale, and now lives in Huntington. He has represented the 43rd House District – centered in the Franconia, Kingstowne, Huntington, Lorton, and Ft. Belvoir neighborhoods of South Fairfax County – since 2004.
In 2011, he was elected Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, serving as chair through the summer of 2014. Mark is currently the House Democratic Caucus Deputy Minority Leader.
Mark began his public service as a volunteer in the local political and civic life of Lee District. He worked on several campaigns, including those of former Delegate Gladys Keating and the late State Senator Joe Gartlan. He was a volunteer legislative assistant for Delegate Keating for three legislative sessions, during which she served as the first woman chair of what is now the Commerce and Labor Committee. From 1995 to 1998, he served as Chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee.
In civic life, he was appointed by Supervisor Joe Alexander to the Fairfax County Library Board, staying for 11 years with one term as Chairman. He also served as President of United Community Ministries – a social-service non-profit providing employment services, aid to the homeless, and high-quality daycare to low-income children – during a six-year term on its board.
Mark has worked in government relations for 27 years, developing expertise in Congressional affairs and knowledge of the workings of the federal agencies. He has two Masters Degrees from Georgia Tech and a B.S. from Clemson University.
- Government relations
1992 to present
- Master of Science, industrial management
2019 to 1984
- M.S. in Technology and Science Policy
2019 to 1986
- Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management
2019 to 1981
Birth Year: 1957
Place of Birth: Arlington, VA
Membership & Affiliation: Old Presbyterian Meeting House
United Community Ministries (former president)
Fairfax County Public Library (former chairman)
Northern Virginia Democratic Business Council
Virginia Commission on Coal and Energy
Joint Subcommittee Studying Bioscience and Biotechnology in the Commonwealth (former member, former chairman)
Joint Commission on Technology and Science
George Mason School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Advisory Board
Substance Abuse Services Council (former member)
Commission on Military and National Security Facilities (former member)
Legislative Assistant: Ilana Creinin
Administrative Assistant During Session: Pam Stump
- Government – DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1043
P.O. Box 10628
Franconia, VA 22310
Phone: (703) 922-6440
Mark D. Sickles (born February 18, 1957) is an American politician. He has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2004, representing the 43rd district in the Fairfax County suburbs of Washington, D.C. Sickles is a member of the Democratic Party; he has been the House minority caucus chair since 2012. He announced in a Washington Post opinion piece that he is gay. This makes him the second openly gay member of the Virginia General Assembly after Senator Adam Ebbin.Sickles has served on the House committees on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (2010–), Commerce and Labor (2006–2009), Health, Welfare and Institutions (2004–) and Privileges and Elections (2004–).
2019 State Delegate
|Mark D. Sickles (D)||15,939||77.80%|
|G. Gail Parker ()||4,217||20.58%|
2017 State Delegate
|Mark Sickles (D)||22,094||93.3%|
|Write In (Write-in)||1,576||6.7%|
SICKLES, MARK D has run in 9 races for public office, winning 8 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,062,574.
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Appropriations – Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
Appropriations – Health and Human Resources Subcommittee
Appropriations – Transportation Subcommittee
Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #1
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #1
Aerospace Advisory Council
Coal and Energy, Virginia
Commission on Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
Health and Human Resources Oversight, Joint Subcommittee for
House Elections Subcommittee
House Health Welfare and Institutions
House Privileges and Elections
MEI Project Approval Commission
Prevention and Response Protocol Subcommittee
Reapportionment Joint Committee
State Training Centers, The Special Joint Subcommittee to
Consult on the Plan to Close Technology and Science, Joint Commission on
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