Senator Wyland grew up in the City of Escondido. He earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Pomona College, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. After college Senator Wyland received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Europe. Subsequently, he was appointed an International Fellow at Columbia University, where he earned an M.A. in Political Science. After briefly working for the City of New York, he returned to Escondido and worked at his family's lumber and building materials business, where he worked his way up and eventually became a co-owner.

Mark Wyland first began his government service as a member of the Escondido Union School District Board from 1997 to 2000. He was elected in 2000 to the State Assembly to represent the 74th Assembly District, and was elected to the State Senate in 2006 to represent the 38th District.  In 2010, he was overwhelmingly reelected to a second term in the State Senate.

Senator Wyland has been honored with numerous awards including Legislator of the Year by Tech America, the leading national technology trade association, for his effort to create jobs and promote the high-tech industry.

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