|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Missouri's 4th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2023
|Preceded by||Vicky Hartzler|
|Born||October 4, 1963|
Baytown, Texas, U.S.
Texas State University
University of Texas, Austin (attended)
Mark Allen Alford Sr. (born October 4, 1963) is an American politician and former television news anchor serving as the U.S. representative for Missouri's 4th congressional district since 2023. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Alford, Sr. was born in Baytown, Texas. He attended Sterling High School and the University of Texas at Austin, but left college without graduating.
Alford, Sr. worked for KPRC-TV in Houston as a reporter and weekend anchor for News 2 Houston from 1995 and 1998. Before that, he was anchor for KDFW-TV in Dallas and a reporter with WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach; KWTX-TV in Waco; and KXAN-TV in Austin. In 1998, he went to WDAF-TV in Kansas City as an anchor for Fox 4 News and stayed there for 23 years. He announced his resignation on October 8, 2021.
On October 27, 2021, Alford, Sr. announced his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives in Missouri's 4th congressional district as a Republican in the 2022 elections. He won the Republican nomination in the August 2 primary election and won the November 8 general election.
Alford, Sr. was among the 71 Republicans who voted against final passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 in the House.
Alford, Sr. and his wife, Leslie, have three children, Mark Allen Alford Jr., Alexandria Naomi Francis, and Spencer "Jasper" Adkins Alford.  They live in Lake Winnebago, a suburb of Kansas City. Alford is a member of Evangel Church, an Assemblies of God megachurch in Kansas City.