Mark Lindquist is a career prosecutor who has served for more than 22 years. He is focused on keeping our community safe.
Mark was appointed to be our Pierce County Prosecutor by a unanimous bipartisan vote of the County Council in 2009. He was elected to a four-year term in 2010. He was re-elected in 2014 with 96% of the vote against a write-in candidate.
In the nine years Mark has served as our Prosecutor, felony crimes in Pierce county have gone down 18%. Misdemeanor crimes are down 29%.
Using FBI numbers on serious offenses, last year crime was up by 7% in Seattle, up by 5% in Washington, but down by 4% in Pierce County.
Because of his proven record of keeping us safe, Mark has enthusiastic, bipartisan support throughout the county.
Republicans and Democrats agree: our community is safer because Mark Lindquist is our Prosecutor.
Prosecutor Lindquist has personally prosecuted countless cases, including murder, rape, child molestation, domestic violence, elder abuse, assault, drive-by shooting, DUI, and property crimes.
He led the prosecution team in the conviction of Tyler Savage for the rape and murder of Special Olympian Kimmie Daily. His other trials include the conviction of the Tacoma Mall Shooter. He is currently prosecuting the 1986 murder of Jennifer Bastian.
He believes in high standards, principled stands, and public service. Under his leadership, the office has won several awards, including the 2017 “Outstanding Community Service” for the office and “Boss of the Year” award for Mark from the National Association of Legal Professionals, and the “Special Pro Bono Leadership Award” from the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.
As our Prosecutor, Mark recently filed a federal lawsuit against Big Pharma to hold them accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic.
Crime is down in Pierce County. This is due, in large part, to Mark’s successful public safety initiatives such as the High Priority Offender Unit (HPO), which focuses resources on the small percentage of criminals who commit a large percentage of the crimes. HPO is an objective, data-driven, crime-fighting tool that reduces bias and reduces crime.
Mark also formed a Gang Unit, an Identity Theft Team, and an Elder Abuse Unit. Pierce County is a leader in the state for vigorous prosecution and prevention of elder abuse. Pierce is one of only nine counties in the entire country to win an award of nearly $400,000 from the United States Department of Justice for a comprehensive approach to reducing elder abuse.
Mark unified the felony and misdemeanor domestic violence units and housed the teams with other partners to better protect victims of domestic violence. This model was a first in the state.
His office is also a leader in the state for the prosecution of “cold cases.” Using advances in DNA technology, his office partnered with Tacoma Police and the FBI to work unsolved homicide and rape cases. The team has had several successes, including a murder charge in a 32-year-old case where a 13-year-old girl, Jennifer Bastian, disappeared on a bike ride at Point Defiance Park.
At the state legislature, Mark has successfully advocated for laws to increase penalties for drunk drivers who kill, stop the duplication and dissemination of child pornography, and close a loophole that allowed violent, mentally ill offenders to walk free.
Additionally, Mark started and enhanced innovative, therapeutic courts for veterans, non-violent drug-addicted defendants, and those with mental health issues.
Early in his career, Mark was the Team Chief of the Drug Unit. He focused on eliminating methamphetamine labs. Vigorous prosecution and effective partnerships reduced meth labs by more than 90% in Pierce County.
Finally, Mark has long been vigilant in stopping the state from dumping dangerous offenders, particularly sex offenders, from other counties into Pierce County. He fights for us.
In the nine years Mark has been our Prosecutor, felony crimes have gone down 18%. Misdemeanor crimes have gone down 29%.
In his initial years as a deputy prosecutor, Mark worked in Buckley, Eatonville, and Gig Harbor, as well as Tacoma. As the people’s lawyer, he visits community groups throughout the county and welcomes speaking opportunities.
Mark and fellow leaders in the office have cultivated a public service culture.
He is active in our community:
Mark is also a nationally-acclaimed author. His books have been bestsellers, including the locally-set novel, “The King of Methlehem.”
A fourth-generation Washingtonian on both the Evans and Lindquist sides of his family, Mark is part of a long and honorable tradition of public service. He and his wife Chelsea, a Tacoma native, live in Tacoma near Stadium High School where Mark’s grandmother, Katherine Reese, graduated in 1926.
Their daughter Sloane will turn eight this summer. Sloane, like her parents, enjoys reading, hiking, and sports.