Marcus Hunter, born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana, has always been of the mindset to improve the place he calls home. At a very young age, Marcus was taught, by his parents Willie Hunter, Jr. and Gloria Hunter, the values of helping others, leading by example, respecting your elders, and most importantly having a personal relationship with God. These values served as the strong foundation on which he builds his life and career in public service. Marcus has given to his community through his work as an attorney, public defender, and State Representative. His career has focused on public service with emphasis on helping children, families, and those in need.
During elementary school and entering high school, Hunter was a member of Jack and Jill, Top, and Leadership 2000. He graduated with Honors from Wossman High School where he also excelled in Football and Track & Field events. Throughout his childhood, Marcus was always taught the value of giving back to his community through service. His career of service unofficially began when as a high school freshman he starting mentoring students from across Northeast Louisiana through an ACT peer tutor program. On Saturdays, after intense Friday night football games, Marcus would rise early to tutor athletes and students alike on the fundamentals needed to be successful on the ACT.
Marcus then attended Southern University and A&M College where he had the opportunity to experience college with close family and friends. At Southern, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. Immediately after finishing college, he enrolled at Southern University Law Center where in 2005 he obtained his Juris Doctorate. With his heart and mind set on Monroe, he returned home and joined his father’s firm, Willie Hunter, Jr. & Associates. As a young attorney, Marcus served as a member of the Planning and Zoning Board for the City of Monroe. He worked for Legal Services of North Louisiana assisting clients with civil and social issues ranging from family law to evictions and benefits. Sensing a need for increased representation of attorneys in the criminal sector, Marcus became a Public Defender in the juvenile section where his focus was on preventive adjudication of minor children in parishes across northern Louisiana. He was later promoted to the misdemeanor section and once again to the felony section where he represented clients in various serious criminal offenses until he was elected State Representative in 2011.
As a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, Marcus has been a vital member and has pushed ground-breaking legislation dealing with criminal justice reform and unanimous juries. Marcus has served on Commerce, Civil Law & Procedure, Insurance, and Labor & Industrial Relations. He now serves on Ways & Means (taxes, road projects, and funding), Health and Welfare, Judiciary (which deals with Courts, sheriffs, and district attorneys), and the Legislative Audit advisory Council which oversees government spending.
As a husband, father, and small business owner, Marcus understands the challenges we face on a daily basis. As District Judge, Marcus will utilize his legislative experience to interpret the intent of the laws correctly. He will seek to implement new programs focusing on children, veterans, those with mental health issues. He will also try to further establish a warrant recall day so people will not have to choose between missing work and going to jail for a failed Court appearance.
Marcus is married to Dr. Tonya Hunter, a local physician who also shares in his love for community and deep commitment to providing services to those in need. Her practice in centered around Women’s Health. Marcus and Tonya have two children, Faith and Angel. They have instilled their commitment to community in their children and have always taught them to live by the values their parents instilled in them.