Mark Dudenhefer

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Mark Dudenhefer
Mark Dudenhefer.jpg
Virginia House of Delegates District 2
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2014
Years in position 3
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University
Master'sTulane University, University of Phoenix
Military service
Service/branchMarine Corps
Years of service30
Place of birthNew Orleans, LA
Office website
Campaign website
Mark L. Dudenhefer is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 2. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Dudenhefer was defeated in his 2013 re-election bid. His seat will be filled by Democrat Michael Futrell.


Dudenhefer earned his B.S. in Economics from Louisiana State University in 1974. He later received a 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.

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 session, Dudenhefer served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Dudenhefer's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Transportation

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."

  • Economy/Jobs/Business

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."

  • Education

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."

  • Values

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:[2]

  • Transportation

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."

  • Jobs

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."

  • Education

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."

  • Values

Excerpt: "Mark shares our values and will stand up to protect families, the right to life and the 2nd Amendment."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

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.[3]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 2 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Futrell 50.6% 8,189
     Republican Mark Dudenhefer Incumbent 49.2% 7,966
     Write-in Write-in 0.3% 43
Total Votes 16,198

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

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.[4][5]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

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.[6]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 2 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Dudenhefer 56.1% 5,767
     Democratic Esteban Garces 43.9% 4,507
Total Votes 10,274

Campaign donors


In 2011, Dudenhefer received $133,527 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Dudenhefer's campaign in 2011
Virginia Republican Party$35,440
Kamco LLC$8,333
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.[8]

Presidential Preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mark Dudenhefer endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [9]


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.[10][11]

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Bud Phillips
Virginia House of Delegates District 2
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