Mark J. Westpfahl
- Twitter: @MarkJWestpfahl
- Website: www.markjwestpfahl.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 651-246-8574
- Birthday: 12/22/1978
Born on December 22, 1978 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Mark grew up with three brothers in Onalaska, Wisconsin. During his years growing up, Mark learned of the importance of a strong family, hard work and faith from his parents, Don and Mary.
Family and Community
He married Jennifer in 2002 and is the father of three children – Grace (7), Connor (5) and Eleanor (2). His two oldest children attend public schools in Inver Grove Heights. Mark, a high school football coach for nearly 10 years, believes in community involvement and passed on several opportunities to coach football at other schools in the metro, for a chance to coach in his own community. Mark and Jen attend St. Patrick's church in Inver Grove Heights and have been involved in organizing the childrens games for the Fall Festival. He has served as President of the Glendale Townhome Association since 2010.
He has also organized several community outreach events, such as multiple teddy bear drives, a benefit for a teacher with Hodgkin’s disease, and a softball tournament and silent auction with proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network. He also has served as president of the Glendale Townhome Association since January 2009.
Mark graduated with a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in geography in 2008 from the University of Minnesota and entered the Masters of Education Program at the U of M with a letter of recommendation written by former U.S. Vice President, Walter Mondale. Mark met the former vice president while enrolled in a course entitled Constitutional Crisis.
He is licensed to teach middle school and high school social studies He also holds an Associates Degree in Graphic Design from Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
As a social studies teacher at American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul, Mark is dedicated to ensuring that his students understand the importance of educational opportunities in and outside of school. His courses stress the importance of providing evidence, keeping an open mind and historical perspective. He is a member of the Grading Task Force and is a WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Leader, a program which teaches students how to become leaders inside the school as well as in their community.
Mark is currently the Chair of the Second Congressional District Republicans of Minnesota and was elected to serve as an Alternate-Delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention. He has served as the Deputy Lead of the Minnesota Republicans BPOU Chairs Caucus, Chair of HD39B and HD52B, co-communications director for his local BPOU, as well as a vice chair, and state delegate. He was a guest of the Minnesota Delegation at the Republican National Convention held in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2008. In 2010, Mark served as the campaign manager for Minnesota House candidate Terry Pearson.
Despite different party affiliations, Mark took heart to the book Vice President Mondale wrote while serving in the U.S. Senate, "The Accountability of Power," and believes that accountability and responsibility need to be restored to the Minnesota state House.
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