|Virginia House of Delegates District 2|
|January 8, 2014|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 8, 2011|
|Bachelor's||Louisiana State University|
|Master's||Tulane University, University of Phoenix|
|Years of service||30|
|Place of birth||New Orleans, LA|
Dudenhefer earned his B.S. in Economics from Louisiana State University in 1974. He later received an M.B.A. from Tulane University in 1987 and his masters in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix in 2000. Dudenhefer served in the United States Marine Corps, retiring after 30 years of service as a Colonel.
In the 2012-2013 session, Dudenhefer served on the following committees:
Dudenhefer's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Excerpt: "Transportation issues represent the single greatest challenge facing Prince William and Stafford. Each day commuters and those that travel in our community waste thousands of hours sitting in traffic. As the only member of the House of Delegate who commutes 30 miles in Northern Virginia to work, I recognize the detriment these problems are to our quality of life, our economic productivity, and our safety on the roads."
Excerpt: "I am and will continue working hard to ensure that Virginia remains the place to do business. Under the conservative leadership of the Speaker and the Governor, we enacted policies that have lowered Virginia’s unemployment rate to 5.2%, balanced the budget, and put money into the Rainy Day Fund."
Excerpt: "The first step to a great education is having a great teacher. That is why I voted for teacher pay raises so we can maintain and recruit high quality educators. Next, we must ensure that parents are able to stay informed and involved. Because of that, I supported legislation that will give each school an A-F grade so parents can clearly understand their school’s performance, hold them accountable, and make informed decisions about their children’s education. Finally, our schools must be safe and harassment free."
- Military and Veterans
Excerpt: "I work closely with veterans groups and the Department of Veterans Services to formulate policy for both active duty military personnel and veterans."
Excerpt: "Families are the foundation of our society. It is the unit that holds us together and helps us through the good and bad times. In the House of Delegates, I will stand strong on our values and will fight for to support Virginia Families. That is why I have supported and will continue efforts to protect parental rights and the right-to-life. I also consistently vote to support the Second Amendment and your right to own firearms."
Dudenhefer's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
Excerpt: "As our Delegate, Mark will advocate for funding for the widening of Rt. 1 in Prince William and Stafford counties, fair funding allocations to local governments to fix secondary road problems and he will work with the DoD to mitigate BRAC related traffic congestion."
Excerpt: "As our Delegate in Richmond, Mark will be guided by the principles of free enterprise and entrepreneurship. Mark understands that government doesn't create jobs; only the private sector and hard working individuals with the entrepreneurial spirit create jobs."
- Taxes and Spending
Excerpt: "Mark believes that government should focus on its core services and infrastructure, and that's what he'll fight for in Richmond."
Excerpt: "As out Delegate, Mark will fight to make sure that more of every dollar is directed to the classroom where it can most improve educational opportunities, attract and retain quality teachers, provide in-classroom tools teachers need and give parents a greater say in their child's education."
Excerpt: "Mark shares our values and will stand up to protect families, the right to life and the 2nd Amendment."
Dudenhefer ran in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 2. Dudenhefer was unopposed in the June 11 Republican primary. He was defeated by Michael Futrell (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Virginia House of Delegates, District 2 General Election, 2013|
|Republican||Mark Dudenhefer Incumbent||49.2%||7,966|
Dudenhefer faced political newcomer Michael Futrell in this newly-formed and fast-growing exurban and suburban district south of Washington, DC. The district gave Governor Bob McDonnell (R) 58 percent of the vote in 2009, but Democrats hoped to replicate the results of 2012, when President Barack Obama (D) earned 58 percent of the vote in this district. Dudenhefer only had one election before the 2013 race, but Futrell posted information copied from another candidate's website on his own page, reportedly mistakenly, which some interpreted as indicating a lack of organization in his campaign.
On November 8, 2011, Dudenhefer won election to District 2 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated Esteban Garces (D) in the November 8 general election.
|Virginia House of Delegates, District 2 General Election, 2011|
In 2011, Dudenhefer received $133,527 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Mark Dudenhefer's campaign in 2011|
|Virginia Republican Party||$35,440|
|Churchill Meadows LLC||$5,000|
|Quantico Business Center||$5,000|
|Dudenhefer, Leon (Mark)||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$133,527|
|Total Votes received in 2011||5,767|
|Cost of each vote received||$23.15|
Dudenhefer was endorsed by the Washington Post in October 2011.
Dudenhefer and his wife, Kay, have two living children and four grandchildren. They currently reside in Stafford, Virginia. Dudenhefer's third child, Emily, died in an automobile accident in 2004.
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- Going head to head: Dec. 5 - Stafford County Sun
- Election wrapup: Dudenhefer, Schieber voted out - Stafford County Sun
- Change has come to closely contested districts in Loudoun and Prince William - Washington Post
- Elections a Mixed Bag for LGBT Virginians - Metro Weekly
- Cortez: A stark voter message to Republicans - Stafford County Sun
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- House website
- 2013 Campaign website
- 2011 Campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Mark Dudenhefer on Facebook
- Twitter page
- Dudenhefer's YouTube channel
- ↑ Delegate Mark Dudenhefer, "Issues," accessed August 27, 2013
- ↑ 2011 Campaign website
- ↑ Virginia Board of Elections, “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013
- ↑ The Free Lance-Star, "Political website a copy?" March 12, 2013
- ↑ VPAP, "House of Delegates District 2," accessed October 2, 2013
- ↑ Virginia State Board of Elections - November 2011 General Election Official Results
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
- ↑ The Washington Post, "The Post’s Virginia House endorsements", October 20, 2011
- ↑ Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Virginia Leadership Team," December 29, 2011
- ↑ Delegate Mark Dudenhefer, "About," accessed August 27, 2013
- ↑ Delegate Mark Dudenhefer on YouTube, "Delegate Dudenhefer Comments on Transportation," January 25, 2013
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