Democracy Awards

Short Biography

For the last five years, Mark DeSaulnier (DE-SOWN-YAY) has represented California’s 11th Congressional District. He is a leader in Congress on the issues that matter most to California families, like guaranteeing a livable wage, affordable and accessible education, and ensuring government is accountable to the public.

Mark is one of only a few Members of Congress who serves on four House committees. During his tenure, he has spearheaded an initiative called the Future of Work, Wages, and Labor to anticipate and address the issues facing our workforce. Mark is working to improve aviation safety and develop innovative solutions to our transportation challenges. He sits on the Oversight and Reform Committee and is part of investigating actions taken by the Trump Administration, and he was selected to serve on the Rules Committee where he has the opportunity to weigh in on major pieces of legislation before they are voted on by the House. Mark also was appointed to the Congressional Progressive Caucus Executive Board.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Mark attended Holy Cross. He was a small business owner most of his career, including owning and operating TR’s restaurant in Concord, the city where he also raised his two sons.