Whether here in Indiana or in Washington D.C., Mark has consistently proven his dedication to conservatism and a culture of life.
Mark graduated from Taylor University and then earned a master’s degree from Baylor University in political science, specializing in international relations. While attending Baylor, he worked as a research assistant for Diplomat-in-Residence Dr. Colbert Held. After graduating from Baylor, Mark worked in Washington D.C. as a legislative assistant and co-legislative director for U.S. Congressman Fred Grandy from Iowa, then served as a senior policy analyst and legislative assistant for Senator Dan Coats. While in D.C., he worked to develop market-based health care reform and expand access to health care through medical savings accounts and community health centers. Mark also created and assisted in an inner city youth basketball program for metropolitan Washington, D.C. teens.
When Mark left D.C., he became the health care policy advisor to Governor John Engler in Michigan. After graduating from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State, he returned to Indiana to practice law in 1998. For 17 years, he has also served as a part-time deputy prosecuting attorney for the State of Indiana.
Mark resides in Kokomo with his wife and two children. His parents, L.D. and Bettie Hurt, along with Mark's brother Max live in Fairmount, Indiana. Mark attended high school at Madison-Grant where he played basketball, baseball and ran cross country and track.
Mark is a member of the following professional societies:
- Christian Legal Society
- Federalist Society
- National Federation of Independent Business
- National Rifle Association
- One Zone (the Carmel/Fishers Chamber of Commerce)
- Sons of the American Legion
- Prairie Lakes Health Campus Community Advisory Board
- Grissom Community Council
- Strong supporter of Pregnancy Resource Centers