Mark Keam

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Mark Keam
Virginia House of Delegates District 35
In office
January 13, 2010 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 5
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of California at Irvine
J.D.University of Hastings, College of Law, 1995
Place of birthSeoul, South Korea
ProfessionSenior advisor
Office website
Campaign website
Mark L. Keam is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Keam earned his Bachelors in political science from the University of California at Irvine and his J.D. from the University of Hastings, College of Law in 1995. He works ans a senior advisor for strategic affairs at Verizon.

Committee assignments


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


In the 2010-2011 session, Keam served on the following committees:



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Keam won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 35. Keam ran unopposed in the June 11th Democratic primary. He defeated Leiann Leppin Luse (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[1]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 35 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Keam Incumbent 64.7% 14,632
     Republican Leiann Leppin Luse 35.2% 7,961
     Other Write-in 0.2% 38
Total Votes 22,631

Race snapshot

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

After running unopposed in 2011 but only winning his seat by a margin of less than 400 votes in 2009, Mark Keam (D) faced a Republican challenger in 2013. Luse, a project manager and analyst, hoped to unseat this two-term Democratic incumbent, but the district awarded President Barack Obama (D) with 59 percent of the vote in 2012 and Governor Bob McDonnell (R) with 49 percent in 2009. Republicans would have needed to have a very good election night to win this district from a Democratic candidate.[2][3]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Keam won re-election to District 35 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[4]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Keam was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated James Hyland in the General Election.[5]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 35 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Kirk (D) 12,606
James Hyland (R) 12,252

Campaign donors


In 2011, Keam received $187,246 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Keam's campaign in 2011
South Baylo University$10,000
Choi, Steve P$5,000
Lee, Matthew D$5,000
Keam, Mark$5,000
Fashion Life Inc$3,500
Total Raised in 2011 $187,246


The top five donors to Keam's 2009 campaign:[7]

Contributor 2009 total
Democratic Party of Virginia $152,240
Waters & Kraus $10,000
Edward H. Rice $5,500
Jeffrey Cooper $5,000
Mark Keam $5,000


Mark Keam at a rally for women's rights in February 2012.

Keam and his wife, Alex, have two children.

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Steve Shannon
Virginia House of Delegates District 35
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