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|East Greenwich Town Council|
was a Democratic candidate for District 35
of the Rhode Island State Senate
Schwager ran for the State House of Representatives in the 2012 elections. Schwager was unopposed in the September 11 Democratic primary and was defeated by Antonio Giarrusso (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 30, General Election, 2012
|| Mark Schwager
|| Kevin J. Mcdonough
Schwager stated that he is a fiscal conservative, and would not be beholden to the Democratic party. Asked about his views, he said: "I think that the reason I’m a Democrat is I believe that used correctly government can achieve economic and social goals that really improve the quality of life for citizens."
- See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2010
Schwager was defeated by Republican Dawson Hodgson in the November 2 general election. Schwager defeated Steven Campo in the September 14 Democratic primary. 
| Rhode Island State Senate, District 35
| Dawson Hodgson (R)
| Mark Schwager (D)