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Mark Ferrandino
(1978 - living) U.S.A.

Mark Ferrandino

Politician

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Mark, the son of two public school teachers, was born in Nyack, New York. He attended the University of Rochester, earning a bachelor's degree in political science and economics in 1999 and a master's degree in public policy analysis in 2000. While in school, Mark was a collegiate pole vaulter.

He began his political career in 1997, spending a semester as intern for Congressman Chuck Schumer of New York. After working for several years in Washington, DC as a program analyst for the United States Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, and as a policy analyst for the White House Office of Management and Budget, Mark relocated to Colorado when his lover, Gregory, took a job with the U.S. Customs Service.

He now lives in the Baker neighborhood of Denver and is a member of the Baker Historic Neighborhood Association. Mark is also the chief financial officer for Clandestine Chef Experience, a company offering in-home cooking lessons Ferrandino has played the trumpet since the fourth grade and continues to play regularly.

Mark worked as a senior budget analyst in the Colorado Department of Health Care and Financing from 2005 until his legislative appointment in 2007. He was also active in Democratic Party politics as treasurer of the Colorado Democratic Party and co-captain for Colorado House District 2A. Ferrandino was named Colorado Young Democrat of the Year in 2007. An openly gay man, he is also a former co-chairman of the Colorado Stonewall Democrats, and served on the board of directors for the National Stonewall Democrats.

In September 2007, Rep. Mike Cerbo resigned from the legislature in order to become director of the Colorado AFL-CIO. Mark was elected to Cerbo's seat in the Colorado House of Representatives in September 2007 by the 2nd District Vacancy Committee on a vote of 23-3. Both Ferrandino and his opponent in the vacancy election, Doug Williams, were openly gay; Ferrandino became the first openly gay man to serve in the Colorado General Assembly. He serves alongside out lesbian Sen. Jennifer Veiga.

Mark was sworn into the legislature on October 1, 2007, and will stand for a full term in November 2008. Assuming he is re-elected in 2008 and again at two-year intervals, term limits will prevent him seeking a fifth House term in 2014, despite the fact that he would not have served four full terms. Mark has declared his legislative priorities to include health care, consumer protection, and TABOR reform.

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