Mark Obenshain is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Attorney General of Virginia.
In 2003, Mark D. Obenshain was elected to the Virginia State Senate for the 26th District. In the Senate, Mark serves on five committees: Courts of Justice, Commerce and Labor, Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Rules and Privileges and Elections.
In his professional life, Mark is one of the founders of the Harrisonburg and Charlottesville-based law firm of Lenhart Obenshain PC. For more than twenty-five years, Obenshain has practiced law in Harrisonburg and in Central Virginia, representing individuals and businesses in a wide range of legal matters.
In addition to his law practice and service in the Senate, Mark is active in variety of civic, community, professional, and political organizations. He served as a member of the Board of Visitors of James Madison University, where he successfully advocated the implementation of an American History requirement for graduation. In 1994, Mark served on the Governor’s Commission on Citizen Empowerment, which Governor Allen charged with conducting a review of Virginia’s public assistance programs and with making recommendations for comprehensive welfare reform. The recommendations from that Commission were largely adopted in Virginia’s landmark and successful 1995 Welfare Reform legislation. He subsequently served as a member of the Commission on Welfare Reform.
Locally, Mark serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Harrisonburg Education Foundation. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Mercy House and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council. He has also served as a member of the Business Advisory Board for the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad.
Mark and his wife Suzanne have two children, Anne Tucker and Sam, and they are active members of First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg.
Mark has been politically active for three decades. He served as chairman of the Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County Republican Committees for a combined total of seven years. He has also served as a GOP precinct chairman, as vice-chairman of the two committees, and has been a delegate to every Republican state convention since 1980. In 1980, he was a member of Virginia’s delegation to the Republican National Convention, which nominated Ronald Reagan to run for President. He also has worked on the campaigns of virtually every Republican nominee for state and local office since he began his law practice in Harrisonburg in 1987. Mark serves as President of the Richard D. Obenshain Foundation, which provides the Republican Party of Virginia with the building that is its permanent home.