Thomas Mark Strama, known as Mark Strama , is a Democratic former member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 50th District from 2004 until 2013. He served as chairman of the House Committee on Technology, Economic Development amp Workforce and on the House Committee on Energy Resources. Regarded by many as a rising star in the Democratic Party, he stunned the political world when he resigned from his seat in the Texas House to become the head of Google Fiber in Austin. Strama was also a major factor in the success of the worlds only major public election ever held on the internet, the 2000 Arizona Democratic Primary.
Strama was born in Dallas, Texas, to Thomas and Brenda Victoria Trabulsi. He has one brother, Richard Keith Strama. He graduated in 1986 from Memorial High School in Hedwig Village near Houston. He earned an undergraduate degree in 1990 in both political science and philosophy from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.