Wisconsin Public TelevisionWisconsin Public Radio

Mark L. Born

Mark Born
Candidate For Assembly District 39

Mark L. Born

Candidate Background


PO Box 851
Beaver Dam WI

Phone Number: 
(920) 210-1808
Email Address: 

Candidate Biography

From candidate Website

Community service and hard work have been a part of Mark’s life since he was a young child watching his parents and grandmother devote their time and talents to helping others. Mark's dad, Allen, spent countless hours with other community volunteers to build, maintain, and manage the Beaver Dam Family Center. Mark's mom, Sheri, is known to volunteer at many places, but specifically at church and at the local community theater. Mark and his brother, Michael, saw the great results for a community that came from working hard in service to others.   Mark's Grandpa Born passed away when Mark was six. Mark quickly became Grandma's helper. She taught Mark that helping others was not only what the family did, but the most rewarding thing anyone can do. With his sense of service, Mark grew up helping Grandma teach the kindergarten Sunday School class, volunteering on the Youth Ministry Committee at Church, and at the local Humane Society. 

Mark's family has been a part of what is now the 39th Assembly District for four generations. His great-grandparents farmed in the Pumpkin Center area. His grandparents moved the family to Beaver Dam where Mark was born and raised. Mark's great-aunt's family settled into farming in the Clyman Township where they continue to farm today. Mark learned to hunt on these farms where the family continues this hobby today. One of Mark's favorite summer activities as a child was to stay out at the farm and help his Uncle Rollie with chores. Helping out on the farm, Mark learned the value of a hard days work. 

Mark's work career began at the age of twelve when he took on the neighborhood paper route. Mark's first job was a great lesson in responsibility. Going door to door to collect the subscription money was also a lesson in communicating with the community. In high school, Mark worked in different food service jobs to earn money for college. Then in college he worked on campus and had two jobs during the summers to help pay for school. 

Mark's adult life and professional career have continued to focus on public service. After graduating from Beaver Dam High School, Mark attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN where he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History. Following college Mark began working for the Dodge County Sheriff's Department. In 2000, he was promoted to his current position in the Corrections Division Administration. 

Mark represented Ward Nine on the Beaver Dam Common Council for four years. During his terms, Mark, served on nearly every committee and chaired two of them. Mark's primary committee work was with the city finance committee where he was an advocate for fiscal conservatism. Mark is currently the Vice-President of the Dodge County Historical Society and serves on the Leadership Beaver Dam Steering Committee. He is a current member and past officer of the Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association. Mark also serves, by appointment of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, on the Office of Lawyer Regulation District #13 Committee. He is a member of Beaver Dam Elk's Lodge 1540 and St. John's Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam.  Mark is a member of the Republican Party of Dodge County and served as the party's chairman for six years.  Mark has volunteered for local GOP campaigns his whole life and often takes on leadership roles including most recently serving as Scott Walker's Dodge County Coordinator in the 2010 campaign. 

Mark currently resides in Beaver Dam with his wife, Liberty, and their daughter, Reagan. Mark and Liberty are proud to be raising their daughter with the same sense of service and community that they grew up with. Liberty is employed by Wayland Academy and serves on the Board of Directors for the Dodge County Humane Society. In their spare time, the family can be found at Badger, Packer, and Brewer games. Mark and Liberty's favorite hobby these days is chasing a two-year-old.