Mark Cole has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2002 representing the 88th District, which includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania and Fauquier counties, and the city of Fredericksburg. He is a member of the House committees on General Laws and Education, Small Business Commission, Rappahannock River Basin Commission, and is the former Chairman of the Privileges and Elections Committee.
He has previously served on the state Veterans Services Board, the House Finance Committee, Virginia Commission on Youth, Southern Regional Education Board, the House Science and Technology Committee, 1st Congressional District BRAC Task Force, Quantico Civilian-Military Council, and Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors.
The Virginia General Assembly is a part-time legislature, so most members have jobs in addition to their legislative duties. From 1985 through 2012 Mark worked as a defense contractor supporting the Navy at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia. He currently works as a Deputy County Administrator for Spotsylvania County.
From 1980 to 1985, he served in the U. S. Navy as Ordnance and Missile Officer on board the USS Mississippi (CGN 40). After active duty, Mark continued to serve in the Navy Reserve reaching the rank of Commander before retiring in 2004.
He is a graduate of Mary Washington College, Germanna Community College, and Western Kentucky University with degrees in Computer Science and Civil Engineering Technology.
Mark Cole has been active in his community as a Church Trustee, Sunday school teacher, youth soccer coach, and a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Gideons. He has also been an active member of the Republican Party and has worked in the campaigns of several Republican candidates.
His wife, Genia, is a retired kindergarten teacher. They have four adult children.