Marc L. Marks

Marc L. Marks

Marc Lincoln Marks, (born 12 February 1927), Farrell, Pennsylvania, USA, is a Republican ex-member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Marks served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1945 to 1946. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1951, and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, VA in 1954, and served as Mercer County Solicitor (district attorney) from 1960 to 1966.[1]

In the 1976 United States House of Representatives Elections, Marks defeated the Pennsylvania six-term Democratic incumbent Joseph Vigorito with an 11% margin, one of eight Democrats unseated nationwide. He defeated Vigorito again in the 1978 election with a 26% margin, and state Representative David C. DiCarlo in 1980 by 120 votes. A serious back ailment led him to not seek re-election for a fourth term in 1982.[2] This decision prompted a speech to the House of Representatives in March 1982, before House Speaker Tip O'Neill, in which he brought into question his own support of Reaganite policies, that, he argued, had an undue emphasis on military spending, and had caused distress to those to whom he defined as "disadvantaged".[3]

In a letter to Time Magazine he defended his position in voting for contempt proceedings against James G. Watt, Secretary of the Interior.[4] His letter to The New York Times criticized what he saw as the Times' editorial board's irresponsibility in criticizing public officials, and apparent lack of knowledge of the plight of unemployed citizens.[5]

In 1994, Bill Clinton nominated Marks as Commissioner of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.[6]


  1. ^ short biography, retrieved 2 March 2011
  2. ^ The Spokesman Review, retrieved 2 March 2011
  3. ^ Barbed Farewell, Time magazine, 22 March 1982, retrieved 2 March 2011
  4. ^ Letters, Time, 29 March 1982, retrieved 2 March 2011
  5. ^ New York Times: Letters 26 July 1982
  6. ^ White House press release, (President William Jefferson Clinton, The White House, 6 July 1994, retrieved 2 March 2011

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Preceded by
Joseph P. Vigorito
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 24th congressional district

Succeeded by
District Eliminated

*Pennsylvania lost two districts after the 1980 census; Tom Ridge was elected in the 21st District, which was basically a reconfigured 24th District.

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