Mark Strama, a Democrat, was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004 from the state’s 50th District. Before taking public office, he founded the first ever online voter registration company and served as director of programs for MTV’s Rock the Vote. After graduating from Brown University, he worked on Ann Richards’ successful 1990 campaign for governor and went on to become chief of staff for State Senator Rodney Ellis.
Speculating that the newly engaged political participants will become activists throughout their communities, Texas state representative Mark Strama discusses the revolutionary impact of the Internet and media in the 2008 presidential election in terms of fundraising potential, campaign management, and resurgence in American political participation. As a former director of programs for MTV’s Rock the Vote, Strama touches on the ever-changing use of technology as a tool for voter turnout in elections.