Mark MacKenzie grew up in Everett, MA and moved to Manchester, NH in 1974 when he was appointed to the Manchester Fire Department. He joined the International Association of Firefighters and has been a card-carrying dues paying member for 44 years. He served as Secretary Treasurer in Manchester for 17 years and holds the title of Secretary Treasurer Emeritus.
In 1978 Mark helped lead a successful strike for the Manchester firefighters. He was summoned to court and threatened with jail, but was able to keep over 200 firefighters out for 10 days with the support of thousands of NH workers who backed the striking firefighters. Superior Court Judge Bean later remarked that jailing the leadership would have made them national heroes. The strike resulted in a significant reduction of hours and more family-friendly work schedules.
In 1990 Mark was elected as the President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO, and became the longest serving State President in the country. He is known as a strong, experienced progressive leader with a powerful voice and a long history of fighting for respect and dignity for all people.
He has been recognized nationally for his numerous legislative and political achievements which include: increasing the minimum wage, improving public sector pension benefits, implementing post-retirement medical benefits card check neutrality, guaranteeing COLA adjustments for public employees, securing best value contracting legislation, expanding OSHA training to public contracts, reforming the workers compensation system, and achieving equal pay legislation.
He has been a leader in many legislative battles, including defeating anti-worker “right to work” legislation 17 times.
Mark has been at the forefront of virtually all successful Democratic campaigns over the past several decades in New Hampshire, including Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Representatives Shea-Porter and Kuster, Senators Shaheen and Hassan, Governors Shaheen, Lynch and Hassan, and countless State Senators and Representatives. He has also worked closely with New Hampshire elected officials from both parties.
Mark was a national delegate for the Jesse Jackson presidential campaign in 1988, and Bernie Sanders in 2016. He also helped to form the NH Bernie Sanders Steering Committee in 2015, and remains an active member of that group.
In 2016 Mark was elected to the NH General Court representing Manchester’s west side, and currently serves on the House Labor Committee.
Mark is an honor graduate from The University of New Hampshire (Master’s in Public Administration) and Franklin Pierce College (B.A.), and attended Harvard University (Trade Union Program) sponsored by the International association of Firefighters.
Mark lives in Manchester, NH, has two sons and is the grandfather to two wonderful grandchildren.