Mark Meuser is a native Californian and a small business owner, committed to fighting for honest and fair elections.
From a young age, Mark was an entrepreneur. At age 12, he would pick cherries in the morning and then have a street-side cherry stand that he would operate in the afternoon. He was also hard at work taking care of orphaned animals, bottle-feeding sheep, pigs, and cows. Mark believes that these years of developing character through hard work were important, formative years in his life.
By age 15 he was in a management position at a local restaurant. By age 21, he purchased his own pizza restaurant. While his restaurant business was thriving, Meuser began studying law. He graduated with honors from the Oak Brook College of Law.
To better help small businesses owners handle California’s complex regulatory environment, he opened The Meuser Law Group. Meuser operated a diverse civil litigation firm that represented both individuals and small businesses. Meuser’s unique training has taught him how to listen to people, formulate creative alternatives, and achieve workable solutions to real problems.
As an attorney, Meuser won a major victory against United Airlines. In the case of Gilstrap v. United Airlines, Meuser represented a disabled American. Ms. Gilstrap had been injured by United when they failed to follow applicable Federal Rules in how they handled her travel. United argued that they were not liable to disabled Americans for their violations of Federal Rules. Meuser successfully argued before the 9th Circuit that disabled Americans like Ms. Gilstrap were entitled to seek damages against Airlines if they were injured as a result of the Airlines violating Federal Rules.
Meuser also defended Troy Worden, who was the Berkeley College Republican President, in a civil litigation matter brought against him by Yvette Felarca, a national organizer of the organization By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) which is a part of the Antifa movement. Meuser was successful in defeating a Petition for a Restraining Order brought that was designed to restrict Mr. Worden’s movement on campus and effected his First and Second Amendment rights.
In his free time, Meuser loves being outdoors enjoying California’s natural beauty. Whether he is hiking, bike riding, sailing, scuba diving, or snow skiing, Meuser is always quick to enjoy the diversity this state has to offer. Meuser’s favorite bike ride was a five day trip riding down the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Orange County.
When Mark was a young boy, he saw a Saturday afternoon sports special covering an unusual sporting event called an Ironman, consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and capped off with a marathon run. The display of physical prowess and achievement ingrained a desire to someday finish an Ironman. In 2014, Meuser registered to do Ironman Tahoe. However, the event was canceled at the last minute due to the local forest fires. As Mark rode his bike back to his car, he was in a devastating bicycle accident. A cardiologist, who just happened to be in a vehicle right behind the accident, immediately performed life saving CPR. In 2015, Meuser tried a second time to compete in Ironman Tahoe. This time, Meuser was 30 minutes into the swim when he was having a hard time breathing and his legs and arms cramped. He did not finish. He discovered that he had cramped because he was allergic to latex and he was wearing a latex wetsuit. Three months later, he tried again, finishing the Ironman Cozumel in 12 hours and 45 minutes.
In the last year before deciding to run for Secretary of State, Meuser has read over 100 books. Most of the books deal with American history and biography. Meuser also has a large collection of American political biographies, United States and California State Histories that were published over 100 years ago. Meuser’s rare book collection includes a First Edition set of the Madison Papers (the personal notes of James Madison taken by Madison during the Constitutional Convention). Of all his rare books, one of his favorites is an 1859 book titled California Life Illustrated. This book tells the story of several individuals who moved to California during the California Gold Rush.
Meuser’s priority is to guide the Secretary of States office out of the antiquated 19th Century and into the 21st Century. The people of California deserve an open and accessible government that works for them, not against them.
California needs a Secretary of State who will fight to protect the rights of citizens to vote and petition their government. California needs a Secretary of State who will restore the people’s confidence in open, secure, and fair elections. California needs a Secretary of State who will utilize the knowledge and experience of Silicon Valley to modernize the way businesses register in the State.