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David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark (born April 1948) is the President
President of the Senate of Nigeria
The President of the Senate is the presiding officer of the Senate of Nigeria, elected by its membership. The Senate President is second in line for succession to the Nigerian presidency, after the Vice President of Nigeria...

 of the Senate of Nigeria
Senate of Nigeria
The Senate is the upper house of the National Assembly of Nigeria. It consists of 109 senators: the 36 states are divided in 3 senatorial districts each electing one senator; the Federal Capital Territory elects only one senator....

 and Senator for the Benue South constituency
Nigerian National Assembly delegation from Benue
The Nigerian National Assembly delegation from Benue comprises three Senators representing Benue South, Benue North-East, and Benue North-West, and ten Representatives representing Apa/Aguta, Kwande/Ushongo, Igede, Vandeikya/Konshisha , Buruku, Ado/Ogbadigba/Opkokwu, Kaga/gubio/Magumeri,...

 of Benue State
Benue State
Benue is a state in the Middle-Belt region of Nigeria with a population of about 2.8 million in 1991. Tiv, Idoma, and Igede are spoken predominantly. There are other ethnic groups as well. These include Etulo and Abakwa...

. He is a member of the People's Democratic Party
People's Democratic Party (Nigeria)
The People's Democratic Party is a political party in Nigeria. Its policies generally lie towards the right wing of the political spectrum. It has won every single Presidential elections since 1999, namely: 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011, and is the dominant party in the Fourth Republic.-History:In...

 (PDP).

Mark was elected to the position on June 6, 2007. Prior to his senatorial career, Mark was a military governor of Niger State
Niger State
Niger State is a state in the western part of Nigeria and the largest state in the country. The state capital is Minna, and other major cities are Bida, Kontagora, and Suleja. It was formed in 1976 when the then North-Western State was bifurcated into Niger State and Sokoto State.The state is named...

. He is an Idoma
Idoma
The Idoma are an ethno-linguistic group that primarily inhabit lower and western areas of Benue State, Nigeria, and kindred groups can be found in Cross Rivers and Nasarawa States in Nigeria. The Idoma are closely related to the Igbo people. The Idoma language is classified in the Akweya subgroup...

 Christian
Christian
A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Canonical gospels and the letters of the New Testament...

.

His name is commonly used in conjunction with Nigerian advance fee fraud
Advance fee fraud
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 emails. He also has the unenviable reputation of claiming that telephone was not meant for ordinary people when he was Minister of Communication.

David Mark ran for reelection to the Senate for Benue South on the PDP elections in April 2011 and was elected for a fourth term.

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