Mark Levine

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

Game Changer

Mark will be the second out LGBTQ Lieutenant Governor in the United States!

Biography

Born in Nashville, TN, Levine earned an economics degree magna cum laude from Harvard University, was a Fulbright scholar in Switzerland, and obtained a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. Levine worked as a Nazi hunter, Jewish historian, and inner-city school teacher before becoming a trial attorney. In 1996, Levine’s sister Janet Levine March was murdered by her husband Perry. In response, Levine drafted a Tennessee law to protect victims of domestic violence and their children. Levine flew to Mexico to track down his sister’s killer and testified in court against him. March was sentenced to 56 years in prison for murdering Janet and conspiring to kill Levine’s parents. Levine was one of the original founders of Marriage Equality California. He barnstormed across California to oppose Proposition 22 and then arranged America’s first public “mass-marriage” protest for gay and lesbian couples. This modest attempt on February 14 to marry at a Beverly Hills courthouse became the first of the Valentine’s Day Marriage Protests that would later sweep the country. Levine drafted the first law introduced in the United States to give lesbian and gay couples equal rights to straight couples at both the state and federal levels. In January 2001, Levine moved from California to Alexandria, Virginia to serve three years as chief legislative counsel to Barney Frank. On June 9, 2015, Levine won a five-way Democratic primary to represent Virginia’s 45th District in the House of Delegates. 

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