Mark Seidl grew up in Cedar Rapids from grade school through high school, graduating from Regis in 1977.  He went away for college and law school at Creighton University in Omaha, then worked as an attorney and claims adjuster in Wisconsin.  In 1990 he came home to marry his wife, Anne, a lifelong Linn County resident.  They made their home first in Hiawatha, then Marion, and finally Cedar Rapids, settling in 1997.  On the way they had a daughter, Amelia, and son, Daniel.  Daniel is 17 is a junior at Linn-Mar High School; Amelia is 19 and is in her first year at the University of Iowa.  Both attend Linn-Mar High School.  Mark has been active as a soccer coach and Adventure Guides leader, and has done volunteer work for the Lin-Mar Boosters and Orchestra Department.  He has served on the boards of the Alzheimer’s Association for East Central Iowa, and Green Square Meals, and as a youth minister at St. Pius X Parish.

Mark has practiced law for the past 15 years with his brother, Phill, and sister, Mary Chicchelly, in the firm of Seidl & Chicchelly (their father, Jerry, is of counsel).  Mark is a member of the Iowa Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Iowa Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, and has been admitted to several Federal district courts and the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals.  This is his first campaign for elective office.