Background Born in Moline and raised in Rock Island, Illinois, Mark has lived in Missouri since 1986. He attended Truman State University and graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Mark received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1991. A year later Mark returned to Kirksville, where he was the assistant prosecuting attorney for Adair County. In 1993, Mark left the Prosecutor's Office and started a general civil and criminal defense practice. In November 2002, Mark was elected as Adair County's first full-time prosecuting attorney. Mark held the position until March 2010, when he joined The Benson Law Firm. Mark is married and has three children.
Since 2008, Mark has been on the staff at Truman State University as an adjunct professor in the Justice Systems Department. He teaches Criminal and Legal Systems to an average of 30 students each semester. In addition to his teaching duties at Truman, Mark is a certified instructor for the Missouri Sheriff's Association Training Academy.
Community/professional involvement Since his return to Kirksville in 1992, Mark has been involved in a number of community organizations including the Optimist and Rotary Clubs. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce, Hospice of Northeast Missouri and the Kirksville Country Club. In 2005, Mark was the recipient of the first A.T. Still Spirit Award for Government Leader.
The Benson Law Firm LLC serves clients in Kirksville and throughout Missouri.