Representative Mark Finchem was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in West Michigan. He served 21-years with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, first as a firefighter/paramedic, then as a law enforcement officer.
Living outside of Kalamazoo, Mark worked as a farmer and rancher in a small rural community. When he retired, Mark moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he worked in leadership roles in both small business and a multi-million dollar software company. In the private sector he earned a Six Sigma Certification in process excellence.
Originally elected to serve in the 2015 Legislature, Mark is now in his 4th and final term. Arizona has term limits, and Representatives are allowed 4 consecutive terms.
Mark graduated summa cum laude from Grand Canyon University with a BA in State and Local Public Policy, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in law and economics at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers School of Law. Mark and his wife of 16 years, Tanya, are proud parents of 4 adult children.