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Mark Schwieso received an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps in 1992, after serving in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He graduated with honors from Missouri State University with a degree in international business and a minor in German. He earned an MBA from MidAmerican Christian University, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. He received a graduate diploma from Air Command and Staff College. He ran his own blog, The Conservative GANDR, for several years, and ran for Oklahoma’s state congress in 2006 and state senate in 2012.

Mark is also a proud father, who is very close to his grown son and grown daughter, and just became a brand new grandpa.