Mark SeidlLinn County resident Mark Seidl announced today that he is running for State Representative in District 67, which includes Robins, Hiawatha, and part of Marion.

“I am running for the Iowa House because it’s time to put our public schools first again and make them the best in the nation,” said Seidl, a Democrat. “A quality education is essential for our children’s futures and the strength of our local economy. I’ll listen to parents, school leaders and the businesses in our community and be a strong voice for them in the Iowa House. I’ll also strive for educational excellence and affordable tuition at our state universities and community colleges.”

Mark Seidl grew up in Cedar Rapids and graduated from Regis High School. He attended Creighton University, where he earned his undergraduate and law degrees. After working briefly in Wisconsin, Mark returned home and married, Anne, who is a lifelong Linn County resident. They made their first home in Hiawatha, later moved to Marion, and currently live in Cedar Rapids. They have two children – Amelia and Daniel. Daniel is 20 and going to Kirkwood and Amelia is a graduate of the University of Iowa who will be doing an internship in music therapy starting in January.

“I’ll work to expand our leadership in renewable energy, which is key to the future of our economy and our environment. There’s also more we can do to create good jobs by giving entrepreneurs and small businesses a boost,” added Seidl. “It’s time for the partisanship at the State Capitol to end and for lawmakers of both parties to work together on the issues most important to Iowans– a good job for parents, a world class education for children, and a high quality of life for families.”

Mark has been active as a soccer coach, an Adventure Guides leader, and has done volunteer work for the Linn-Mar Boosters and Orchestra Department. He has served on the boards of the Alzheimer’s Association for East Central Iowa and Green Square Meals. He has also been a youth minister at St. Pius X Parish and an active member of the Marion Metro Kiwanis Club.

Mark has practiced law for over 30 years and practices law with his brother Phill at Seidl & Seidl, PLC. Their father Jerry Seidl is of counsel to the firm. Mark is a member of the Iowa Bar Association, the Iowa Association for Justice, the State Bar of Wisconsin, and has been admitted to several Federal district courts and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.