2021 Democratic Candidate for State Delegate, District 53

Marcus Simon
Virginia Assembly Delegate
(2014 - present)

Marcus Simon is a lifelong resident of Fairfax County, Virginia where he currently resides with his wife Rachel, and two children, Emily and Zachary. Before graduating from McLean High School in 1988, Marcus attended Longfellow Intermediate and both Kent Gardens and Haycock elementary.

After returning from four years of College in 1992 with a Bachelor's degree in Middle East Studies and Journalism from NYU, Marcus went to work for Delegate James M. Scott as his first full time legislative aide. He began attending Law School at American University's Washington College of Law at night. After graduating law school in 1999 and receiving his Commission as an officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. Although he'd volunteered to spend his first year as JAG serving in Korea, his assignment was changed during the final days of his training in Charlottesville, and he was assigned to the Military District of Washington and Ft. Myer, in Arlington.

As an Army Captain, Marcus served as a prosecutor where he handled officer misconduct cases and all criminal cases on Ft. Myer, Ft. McNair, and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He also served as a part time Special Assistance United States Attorney prosecuting civilians who committed crimes on federal military installations in the Washington area. Marcus also provided legal support to the Emergency Operations Command Center on Ft. McNair during the days following the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon.

Upon completion of his military commitment, Marcus entered private practice in 2003 working as a Real Estate attorney in downtown McLean. In 2008 Marcus co-founded the Law Firm of Leggett, Simon, Freemyers & Lyon and Ekko Title, a real estate settlement, title and escrow company. Ekko Title now employees over 40 people at its eight locations throughout Northern Virginia from Fredericksburg in the South to Reston and McLean in the North. Marcus is running unopposed in the democratic primary election for Virginia House of Delegates District 53. But Sarah White, a member of the VA Republican Party, is challenging in the November 2021 general election.

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List of Achievements
Committee Assignments & Bills Passed:

Delegate Simon is assigned to the following committees:
House Committee on Privileges and Elections (Chair);
Redistricting Subcommittee (Chair);
House Committee on Rules;
House Committee on General Laws;
Housing/Consumer Protection Subcommittee (Chair); and the
House Committee on Courts of Justice

Gun Violence:
HB 287: Establishing a specialty license plate to support the effort to "STOP GUN VIOLENCE."

Education:
HB 339: Establishing VA Debt Collection ACT, requiring colleges to work with students on debt-repayment plans, before sending them to debt-collection agencies.
HB 1138: Establishing a student loan ombudsman to facilitate complaint resolution against predatory loan-serving companies.
HB 10: Requiring Virginia licensing of qualified education-loan servicers who operate in the Commonwealth; imposing reporting requirements and civil penalties for non-compliance.
HB 145: Requires the VA Education Dept. to create a policy ensuring the respectful treatment of transgender students.

Consumer Protection:
HB 2678: Prohibiting the dissemination of personal photos or videos without consent.
HB 849: Requires political advertisements on social media to have the same disclosure requirements as those placed in the print media and on TV ("Honest Ads Act")
HB 896: Regulates sports betting in VA under the auspices of the Lottery, to ensure robust consumer protections.

Civil Rights:
HB 1041: Requires the VA State Registrar to issue new birth certificates to show a change of sex when certain requirements are met.

Energy/Environmental Protection:
HB 572: Makes it easier to access residential solar energy, under third-party agreements.

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