About Mark

For Senator Mark Obenshain, fighting for our rights isn’t just a job—it’s a calling.

Growing up in a home in which the discussion of politics was standard fare around the dinner table each night, the son of the man often dubbed the architect of the modern Republican Party of Virginia, Mark developed a passion for politics and a zeal for public service early in life, and he has emerged as one of the Commonwealth’s leading champions of limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility.

Mark has been politically active practically his entire life. He has served as the chairman of two Republican committees, has been a delegate to every Republican state convention since 1980, and was a member of Virginia’s delegation to the 1980 Republican National Convention, which nominated Ronald Reagan. Mark has worked on the campaigns of virtually every Republican nominee for state and local office since he began practicing law in Harrisonburg in 1987, and he serves as the President of the Richard D. Obenshain Foundation, named after his father, which provides the Republican Party of Virginia with the building that is its permanent home.

Mark was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2003, where he Co-Chairs the Committee for Courts of Justice, and also serves on the Committees on Commerce & Labor, Privileges and Elections, Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources, and Rules.

He has quickly established himself as a conservative leader, taking the lead on property rights, school choice, family values, and government reform, and emerging as one of the Senate’s leading voices on public safety and other key issues.

In his professional life, Mark is the founder of the Obenshain Law Group. Mark has practiced law in Harrisonburg and in Central Virginia for twenty-six years, representing individuals and businesses in a wide range of legal matters.

In addition to his law practice and service in the Senate, Mark is active in a variety of civic, community, professional, and political organizations. In 1994, Governor George Allen appointed him to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Citizen Empowerment, which established the framework for Allen’s comprehensive welfare reform program and served as a blueprint for federal welfare reform two years later. He subsequently served as a member of the Commission on Welfare Reform and the Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring, where he was one of the charter members, working to identify inefficiencies, eliminate waste and fraud, consolidate duplicative functions and agencies, and make government more citizen-friendly.

In his own community, Mark served as a member of James Madison University’s Board of Visitors, and also served on the boards of the Harrisonburg Education Foundation, Mercy House, and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, as well as on the Advisory Board for the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad.

Mark and his wife Suzanne have two children, Anne Tucker and Sam, and they are active members of Harrisonburg’s First Presbyterian Church.

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  • As the Republican nominee for Attorney General four years ago, I know firsthand the grit and stamina it takes to fight the liberal establishment.  In 2017, it is imperative that Republicans nominate a candidate who is both qualified in his experience and prepared to run as our standard bearer for conservative principles in the race for Attorney General. As a former Supreme Court Clerk for Clarence Thomas, an attorney for President George W. Bush in the White House, and a former federal prosecutor, I am confident that John has the ability to step in on day one and be a successful and effective lawyer for the Commonwealth. That is why I am fully supporting John Adams for Attorney General.John’s unique background and incredible work ethic over the last 10 months of campaigning and gathering the support of grassroots activists across the Commonwealth have positioned him to not only run a competitive campaign but to defeat Mark Herring next year. As Attorney General, I am confident that John will protect our constitutional rights, defend the rule of law, and stay true to his conservative principles. John Adams has my full support in his bid to become the next Attorney General of Virginia.
    Posted Wed, Nov 23.

  • We live in the land of the free because of the brave men and women who serve. THANK YOU and God bless you.
    Posted Fri, Nov 11.

  • I was pleased to join local business leaders and Delegates Bell, Landes, and Wilt to discuss the importance of the Right to Work Constitutional Amendment on the ballot next week. Vote “YES” to continue make Virginia one of the best states in which to do business.
    Posted Tue, Nov 01.