A self-described lifelong Democrat, Mark Hammons grew up in El Reno, where his father owned a small Chrysler dealership and his mother was a teacher.
When he was a boy, Mark was inspired by the stories he heard about notable Oklahomans such as Robert S. Kerr, Carl Albert, and Fred Harris. And by the time he cast his first gubernatorial vote, he knew his future life was to be one of service to his fellow Oklahomans.
Mark found the perfect political mentor in Ralph A. Watkins, a railroad man who served for a decade as the Democratic representative for Oklahoma’s District 43 (Canadian County). Several years after Watkins left the legislature, Mark ran successfully for his mentor’s seat, where he represented his district for the next six years.
During his tenure in the legislature, Mark served multiple terms as president of the Oklahoma Young Democrats, while also attending night school in Oklahoma City. He earned Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University in 1976, and subsequently served several terms as the Canadian County Democratic Chairman.
Mark’s career in his chosen field of employment law has placed him in various leadership positions including that of an executive board member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the founder/leader of the Oklahoma Employment Lawyers Association. He and his wife, Laurie, have been married for twenty-five years and are the parents of four sons—all in college. They live in Yukon.