Elected to the State Senate in 2012, State Senator Mark Stoops brings extensive local legislative and fiscal experience to the office, having served as President of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners and as past President of the Monroe County Council.
Stoops is a graphic design and marketing consultant. An advocate for sustainable community development, he also restores historic buildings in the Bloomington area.
A thoughtful and collaborative leader, Stoops seeks advice from experts, colleagues and constituents with a variety of viewpoints to make informed decisions. He understands the nexus between education and economic development, supporting a strong system of public education and higher education to train Indiana’s future workforce. Stoops is also an advocate of environmental sustainability and green job development, human rights protections and health care accessibility.
In the State Senate, he has been appointed to serve as the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Environmental Affairs Committee, the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee, and the Utilities Committee. He also serves on the Senate Commerce and Technology Committee, the Education and Career Development Committee, and the Health and Provider Services Committee.
Stoops is proud of his many accomplishments as an elected official in the state of Indiana. Stoops has authored and co-authored bills affecting a wide range of state functions, from the expansion of Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, improving access to mental health and addiction services to water resources and quality protections, recycling goals, and public transit expansion. Stoops continues to work to support public education and funding. Stoops has been awarded “Indiana Legislator of the Year” by Mental Health America, “National Public Policy Advocate 2017,” VIPS beacon Award, the 2015 AARP Capitol Caregiver Award, the 2013 INAPTA Star Legislator, and the 2016 Life Designs Stewardship Award.
Stoops and his wife Kara reside in Bloomington and have four children. Born and raised in Indiana, Stoops is the fourth generation of his family to live in Bloomington and Monroe County and is descended from families that settled in Indiana before it was a state. A graduate of Crown Point High School, he attended Indiana University and the University of California, Los Angeles.