Mark was born on February 25, 1963 and raised in Natchez, Mississippi. He is one of six children (one brother and 4 sisters). He was raised by Mr. and Mrs. Burkharts. When he lost his foster dad in the 9th grade, he decided to enroll in DECA (Distributive Education) and worked ½ days during high school while serving on the Mayor’s Youth Council, Acting Senator in Youth Government Affairs, and Honor Society.

After graduating from high school in 1981 Mark enrolled at University of Houston in the Fall 1981 and worked two jobs to pay for school. Mark joined ROTC; he earned the 2-Year National ROTC Scholarship and the BG Starker Memorial Scholarship from the University of Houston. During the summers, he worked at the George F. West Funeral Home, Natchez’s largest black-owned funeral home. In Fall 1982, Mark pledged Kappa Alpha Psi, Eta Lambda Chapter. The next year, he became President, Black Student Union and won the Senate seat, College of Business Administration, Student Association. Mark also served as Keep of Exchequer and Dean of Pledges.

In May 1985, he received his Commission as 2nd Lieutenant, US Army, and graduated from University of Houston with a BBA, MIS. He completed Officer Basic Course (OBC) in 1986 and became a Medical Service Corps Officer. Mark worked for the late El Franco Lee; Bruce Austin and as staff liaison for the Harris County Black Caucus. Mark also worked for State Representative Harold Dutton and worked on the Congressional Campaign for Craig Washington. Mark played a key role in Harris County to help elect Dan Morales as Attorney General and Mayoral campaigns for Bill White and Lee Brown. Additionally, he worked as Campaign Manager for Theldon Branch and Gerald Gistand.

In 1997, Mark graduated from South Texas College of Law and in 2009, he graduated from U.S. Army War College with a Masters in Strategic Studies (MSS). Mark managed the U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) Reorganization Project for the US. Army Surgeon General. His military career includes Company Commander, Detachment Commander, Battalion Commander, Hospital Commander, and his highest command, Brigade Commander, 4th Brigade (Health Services), 100th Division. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His last assignment was as Deputy Chief of Staff, G6 (Chief Information Officer), 807th MCDS, Ft. Douglas, UT. His decorations include the Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters) and the Legion of Merit (LOM). He retired as Colonel, in June 2015 after serving 30 years in both the Active and Reserve Components.

In Fall 2009, he graduated with highest academic honors from Commonwealth School of Mortuary and became a license Funeral Director in Texas in 2012 and purchased his first funeral home, Wells Funeral Services, in Liberty, Texas, established in 1931 and is one of the oldest funeral homes in Texas. He currently serves as the CEO & Board Chairman.

Mark is a Project Manager Professional (PMP) and heads the Infrastructure PMO & Sr. Project Manager for Waste Management Corporation. He is a licensed attorney and an active member of the District of

Columbia Bar and both a member of the DC and the Southern District of Texas Federal Court. Mark has served his community as President, Fondren Grove Civic Club and Director, and later Vice President, of Colony Crossing HOA. In 2014 Mark ran for Congress in the Democratic Primary and in 2016, Mark won District 22 Democratic Nomination with 77% of vote and in the General Election, he captured the largest vote percentage and vote total of any Democratic challenger against the current incumbent. He is running again in 2018.

His priorities in life are God, Family and Work and career advancement. He is the proud father of his daughter, Mallory Gibson, Sophomore at Ridge Point High School and starting Forward for Varsity Panthers Basketball Team, son, Peyton Gibson, Sophomore at Sam Houston State University and son, Christian Gibson, graduating Senior at Texas Tech University, majoring in Media & Communication. Mark’s extended family includes dogs Socks and Donald and a cat named Max. In his spare time, he cherishes family time, getaways, outdoors, and some tennis and golf.