Why I am running
I remember a time when the entire world could feel the powerful heartbeat of the United States. Today, our pulse is not as strong; the heartbeat of liberty has faded. Our nation seems to have forgotten that our freedoms aren’t derivative of the federal government, but rather from our Creator, God Almighty.
Time is running short. The world is yearning for America to lead again. Our people are ready for bold action and tough choices. We must begin. We need individuals in the hallowed halls of Congress who will stand on conviction and principle.
Why not us? Why can’t a group of North Carolinians begin to rebuild the foundation of this once great Republic?
I am proud to be a conservative Republican and I believe that, together, we can make a difference. Will it cost something? Absolutely! It wasn’t just fifty-six men who agreed to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor; it was everyday people like you and me.
An American resurgence will be led by local citizens, towns and churches and not by the long arm of an overregulating government.
If we can rediscover just a small fraction of the indomitable spirit of our Founding Fathers, our great nation can continue to fulfill its promise – as the last great hope of mankind.
The time is now! May God provide the guidance and may we have the courage to follow.
After sixteen years in vocational ministry, Mark Walker followed a new calling and launched an improbable campaign for Congress. With no political pedigree, connections or capital; he built a grassroots campaign that centered on one simple idea: PEOPLE BEFORE POLITICS.
Throughout a primary, a run-off and general election in 2014, Walker was tested, attacked and outspent; however, he ran a positive campaign, never returning fire. Instead, he focused on the issues and gave voice to the frustrations many voters have with Washington’s business as usual.
Since swearing-in January of 2015, Walker is making a difference in reducing the waste and excess of the federal government; leading on anti-human trafficking legislation, removing Washington out of our classrooms and pushing for criminal justice reform.
In his first term, Walker became the only member to ever be elected to Chairman of the Republican Study Committee – this conservative caucus is the largest in Congress with over 150 House members. He has been a clear and consistent voice building coalitions and acting on his message of “effective conservatism.”
Before 2014, Walker served in various pastoral roles including executive and senior pastor positions. For six seasons, he produced and directed the annual Greensboro Christmas Spectacular attended by several thousand people each December. Walker also taught as a college lecturer on mentorship and administration at Liberty University. Along with international work, Rep. Walker worked in our nation’s larger inner cities hosting music and sports camps for underprivileged communities.
Originally from Florida where his father pastored for many years, Walker moved to North Carolina in 1991, working in finance management for the Flow Automotive organization. Walker’s wife, Kelly, is a family nurse practitioner and flight trauma specialist with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and helped launch the S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program in the late 1990’s. She holds her undergraduate and masters from Winston-Salem State University. Mark and Kelly have three children and are celebrating twenty-five years of marriage.