John Marek was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended the University of Memphis, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Liberal Arts and Legal Thought. John went on to earn his Master’s degree in Political Science, and his Doctorate of Juris Law degree in 2010. While at the University of Memphis, John became President of the University of Memphis College Democrats and Co-Founded the University of Memphis NORML chapter.
In 2006, John worked as a staff member for State Senator Steve Cohen. John has worked on all of his active races since he ran for Congress in 2006, serving as Campaign Manager in 2012 and 2014. John served on the Shelby County Democratic Party Executive Committee between 2007 and 2011, and 2014. He was an Associate Attorney for the City of Memphis from 2011 to 2013. In this role, John was one of two attorneys for the Memphis Alcohol Commission.
He also conducted policy research for then-Mayor Wharton, and handled various civil cases for the city. John left the city to work in Congressman Cohen’s district office, where he conducted research and handled constituent cases. He left his position at the constituent office for the 2014 congressional race, and it was during this period that John called out for and convinced the City of Memphis to put body cameras on all Memphis Police Department Officers. John also fought to strengthen the Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB), of which he is currently on the Board. After managing Congressman Cohen’s 2014 primary race, John accepted the position as Deputy Director of the Colorado Democratic Senate Campaign Fund in 2014, helping to win 5 out of the 8 competitive races in a tough midterm election cycle.
Upon returning to Memphis in 2015, he began practicing criminal defense law and ran for city council. John serves on the Board of Directors for The Bridge: The Memphis Street Paper. John is a member of the Memphis Rotary Club.