Mark Lucas, AFP-Iowa State Director
Mark Lucas is the State Director of the Iowa chapter of Americans for Prosperity. Mark grew up in Wilton, Iowa. He received his Business Management degree from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business with a certificate in Entrepreneurial Management.
Mark was the youngest-ever elected City Councilman at the age of 19 in his hometown of Wilton, Iowa. Mid-way through his term he was appointed as the Mayor Pro Tem. He built a reputation of being fiscally conservative. He persuaded fellow City Council members not to follow the example of neighboring towns and raise property taxes. As a result, Wilton maintained one of the lowest property tax rates in the entire state of Iowa.
During the 2008 presidential primary, Mark was the State Director of the Americans for Fair Taxation. He was responsible for running Iowa’s FairTax primary campaign. The National Review said the FairTax campaign was the biggest success story of the 2008 primary season.
Mark has served for over 9 years in the Iowa Army National Guard and is a graduate of the US Army Ranger School. He led an infantry rifle platoon along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border as a platoon leader. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze Star Medal by distinguishing himself for meritorious service in combat. He currently holds the rank of Captain and commands an Infantry company of over 130 soldiers.
Mark currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa with his wife Cynthia. They are both graduates of the University of Iowa and hold season tickets for the Iowa Hawkeye football and wrestling teams.