Meet Jon Mark
"Any jack ass can kick over a barn door.
It takes a carpenter to build one."
HE'S ONE OF US.
I was born in Tyler while my father was Pastor of the Baptist Church in Bullard, Texas. I come from the hard scrabble working class folk of Southeast Texas. When I was four my parents became missionaries, and I spent my childhood climbing coconut trees, eating sugarcane from the fields, and wearing shoes only when required while growing up in Trinidad & Tobago in the West Indies. My high school years were spent on the border in El Paso, Texas. There I fell in love with West Texas, the mountains and the Trans-Pecos. I graduated from Baylor University (1988) and St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio (1992).
While at Baylor I met and married Claire Hirschfelt, of San Angelo—the best decision I ever made. After law school, I accepted my first job in San Angelo and haven't looked back since. We brought our two children into the world in West Texas. We raised them here, with the support of this great community, family and friends. We have buried family here. We are West Texas.
I practice law across the entire region of the 11th Congressional District. This year I start my 28th year as a lawyer. I defend local governments, individuals and businesses. I am Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. I have served as President of the Tom Green County Bar Association, Chair of the District 15A Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas, and am a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
I have friends and connections, personal and professional, in almost every county in this District. I have served on the San Angelo City Council and as Mayor Pro Tem. I have served my community for decades on professional, public and non-profit boards, and as a volunteer.
I have represented you, your businesses, and your local governments for almost 30 years. I litigate, advocate, and negotiate complex difficult matters for the people of this District for a living. I want to use my knowledge of this region, and my experience and skill as a lawyer and community leader to represent all the people of District 11 as your next Congressman.