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Mark was elected to Federal Parliament in 2007 representing the electorate of Port Adelaide and served as Minister for Ageing in the Gillard Government. He has also held the ministries of Mental Health, Housing, Homelessness, Social Inclusion, Climate Change, Water and the Environment.
In 2013 Mark was awarded the Alzheimer’s Disease International Award for Outstanding Global Contribution to the Fight against Dementia.
Mark is currently the Labor spokesperson for the Environment, Climate Change and Water and national president of the Australian Labor Party.
Mark holds a First Class Honours Law degree, an Arts degree and a Masters degree in International Relations.
He lives in Woodville Park with his wife and two children, and is a keen supporter of AFL team, Port Power.